Friday, August 28, 2009
Vick Plays - Controversy to Follow
Mike Vick took the field for the Eagles last night for a grand total of 6 plays. The reviews from the local Philly media weren't exactly glowing.
Bob Ford called it a tame debut.
Rich Hoffmann said it fell short of the hype.
John Gonzalez said his debut was a chance for many groups to manipulate the media - read that column, Gonzo knocks it out the park.
So that should about do it right? In the words of the eternally goofy Lee Corso, not so fast my friends. Like everything associated with this circus, controversy has already reared it's ugly head. In his post game comments Donovan McNabb was asked if Vick's insertion into the game disrupted the rhythm of the offense - he said it did.
That's all it takes to stir the pot in the Philly fish bowl - as evidenced by Sal Palantonio's appearance on Mike and Mike this morning when he declared that a quarterback controversy was "baking in the oven." Pro Football Talk is all over the issue as well, and Chris Mortensen essentially agreed with McNabb. What is clear is that this isn't going away any time soon.
As I've stated before, I still think the distractions Mike Vick brings to the Eagles far outweigh any potential on the field benefits he can bring to the team. In thinking about it more and more, the only thing that would really make sense with this signing is to play him in the preseason, show the league he's still got something left, and then trade him to a team that due to an injury or other issue, might be in desperate need of quarterback.
Otherwise there's a season of this type of crap waiting for the Eagles. Ugh.