Macnow on the Birds

Now that the Eagles have shipped Donovan McNabb three hours down the road, it’s time for the franchise to exorcise the “other guy.”

No, I’m not referring to Coach Andy Reid although, if it were my call, Big Red would have been gone before Donovan. Reid’s recent contract extension makes it a waste of my time to lobby for his departure.

Mike VickI’m speaking of Mike Vick – last season’s failed experiment – who’s currently listed on the depth chart as the Eagle’s backup quarterback.

Keeping him around is inane for several reasons. First of all, Vick demonstrated nothing last year to make anyone believe he’s still capable of playing QB in the National Football League. Vick averaged just 15 yards a game in 12 cameo appearances in 2009, mostly running around until someone on defense knocked him over. His arm looked sub par, his legs seemed shot after two years on the sidelines and, as far as running the West Coast offense – well, no one ever confused Vick with Joe Montana. Or even Matt Hasselbeck.

And yet, he’s still here. Reid will tell you today that Mike Vick will serve as Kevin Kolb’s backup in 2010. Of course, Reid insisted until the final moments that Donovan would be his starter next season as well. So let’s all hope the head coach is showing his usual lack of candor.

Vick’s gotta go for several reasons:

1)      As I said: He . . . can’t . . . play . . . the . . . position. At least not in this offense. Not in a quick-release, timing offense that demands accuracy and football smarts. Running around the backfield and heaving the ball down-field might have once served Vick in Atlanta, but it is in no way the future of the Philadelphia Eagles.

2)      Kevin Kolb needs a mentor. And not just Reid and his anonymous quarterbacks coach, James Urban, who’s got less experience than Kolb – if that’s possible. No, Kolb needs to be able to go to the sidelines after a tough series and lean on a veteran QB who’s been there, who can sympathize and counsel him and know what’s in the kid’s head. A guy like, well, Jeff Garcia.

3)      It’s time for the Birds to end the nonsense. Bringing convicted felon Vick in last year was the franchise’s worst PR move since Joe Banner told fans they couldn’t bring their own hoagies to the new stadium. Never mind the nonsense about second chances. Never mind the lies that he’d be a dynamic new weapon. We all know what Vick did and the vast majority of fans were nauseated by his hiring. Whatever moral high ground the franchise used to claim about going for “character guys” is now gone forever.

Truth be told, Banner and Reid always felt they could use Vick like a fixer-upper house, flipping him after one year for a high price – like, say, a second-round draft pick. Of course, they also believed at one point that they’d be able to get something better than a first-rounder for McNabb. And we saw how that pipe dream turned out.

This dream apparently persists. Eagles management paid Vick a $1.5 million bonus in March, apparently still under the delusion that some idiot of an owner (Paging Al Davis . . . ) will step forward to rescue them from their foolishness.

It’s not going to happen. At this point, if any of the other 31 teams offer the Eagles a seventh-rounder for Vick, they wash their hands clean. If someone steps up with a sixth rounder, Banner and Lurie can tango for joy.

McNabb is gone. So is Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Kevin Curtis, Jon Runyan, and a dozen other contributors to the Eagles success over the past decade.

How the hell can Mike Vick still be wearing the uniform?

  • T. Turner, Boston, MA

    Personal issues is an understatement. I will respond with the proof is in the pudding. What Kolb did in yesterdays game against the Packers was to show he’s not ready yet. Vick just flat out played better. Love or hate him; if you want to be successful, you go with a winner.
    Black cat was right start eating!

  • chase

    Damm you really have an issue with Vick. He did well with the times he had on the field last season, he could only go on the field when instructed to and do what he was asked to do, and that is exactly what he did. Andy Reid is not a stupid man and he is aware of what Vick is capable of doing more than you or I. Reid has seen Vick in practices not you. I am willing to bet that if Vick wasn’t there on the Eagles roster, there would have been no way they would have let McNabb go, especially to a team within the division, there is no way Kolb will pull this off, and before the season is over they will doing the same thing in Philly that they did in Atlanta, “WE WANT VICK”, whether you like it or not, quit being a jealous hater, because that is exactly what you sound like.

  • Blackcat

    It’s very clear you have some personal issues with Mike Vick. This guy is a known winner on the field! Maybe you just spoke to soon since this article was written or posted on 4/20/10. I think you may have to eat your words on this one buddy!

    As a matter of fact…insiders are talking about how good Mike looked during the first mini camp and Kolb…not so good. Kolb seemed to struggle with his accuracy during the first mini camp and just seemed frustrated overall. Mike is down to his playing weight and showed flashes of the highest paid player in the league he once was.

    I like kold but I’m not sold on him as of yet! I’ll see what he does this year when it’s all on him…but I think we my see Vick sooner than we all thought!

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