Vick on the Right Track
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On Thursday night quarterback Michael Vick made his debut with the Philadelphia Eagles. For the night, Vick finished 4-4 for 19 yards. In all six of the plays that he was on the field for in the first half, they all came from the shotgun formation. While Vick looked good and his stats would suggest that he had a successful night, it appears that the Eagles themselves have yet to figure out just how to use the versatile and elusive athlete. It makes sense to attempt to use him at quarterback, however that would also take the Eagles' best player off the field in Donavan McNabb. Some have also argued that bringing out McNabb and putting in Vick mixes up the chemistry of the offense.
Vick is a very talented player, there is no doubt about that. Philadelphia, over the next couple of weeks before the season starts, needs to figure out how they plan on using Vick for the 2009 season. Whether it's as a wildcat quarterback, as a slot receiver, or as a running back next to McNabb, they need to find a way to get him onto the field while also keeping the offense in sync. This will be the largest challenge for head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Morningwheg.
For a player who hasn't played in two years, and for one that is playing with a new team, Vick had a good night. This is the first step for Vick in a long process of making his comeback to the NFL. While he may not be able to play the entire 2009 season, there will be a chance at some point this year where he's going to get to prove himself once again. Until then, it's up to Vick himself to continue to work hard and become adjusted with his new team. The next two years could arguably be a two year audition for the next step in his career. The entire football world will be watching to see where his career will go from here. If Thursday night was any indication, Vick is on the right track to reviving his career.
August 28, 2009; 9:14 AM ET
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