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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for Fanhouse.com

Not the future in Philly

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Michael Vick's performance last Sunday after Kevin Kolb was injured demonstrates that he might be able to return to something close to the form he demonstrated in Atlanta.

But he won't. At least not in Philadelphia.

Two problems.

1. The form he demonstrated in Atlanta was often highlight film stuff and he was fairly successful there -- 38-28-1 with one appearance in an NFC championship game. But when he was sent off to jail for his dogfighting activities, he was declining rather than ascending.

2. And even if he ascends again, it won't be in Philadelphia. Because once Kevin Kolb is healthy, he will be the Eagles' starting quarterback.

Philly coach Andy Reid's position is understandable.

Yes, his fans are an impatient lot, but the smarter ones have to realize that the Eagles dumped (OK, traded) Donovan McNabb, still in his late prime at 33, because they want to prepare for the future. Dan Snyder gladly accepted McNabb in Washington because he always wants to win NOW, although he rarely does and will have to start looking for a new QB in a year or two.

Reid seems willing to tank the 2010 season with a team that has other problems besides quarterback to find out if Kolb is the future. Well, not tank it. But in 1999, he sat McNabb for half a year, then played him, knowing that his team would not win immediately. If Kolb's not the future? Then draft a QB or trade for one -- there are a lot of good prospects in college right now.

Vick is NOT the future for Philadelphia.

Yes, he's only 30, prime age for a quarterback -- three years younger than Tom Brady and four years younger than Peyton Manning. He threw for 175 yards when he relieved Kolb against the Packers last week and ran for 101 more.

But remember that Green Bay came into last week's game preparing for Kolb, a conventional dropback quarterback. Presumably, it wasn't ready for Michael. This week?

You can bet Detroit is preparing to face him.

Moreover, because Vick's strength is his legs, his age means he is likely to lose a step or two in the next couple of years which will force him to depend on his arm more.

That's not his strength.

In five seasons as a starter for the Falcons -- playing in an indoor stadium out of the wind -- he never came close to completing 60 percent of his passes, considered the norm these days for a top-drawer NFL QB. His highest passer rating was 81.6 in 2002, just OK, and he never got over 80 in his other years.

So Kolb or someone else is the future in Philly. Not Michael Vick.

Given Snyder's track record ...

Maybe he can succeed McNabb with the Redskins.

By Dave Goldberg  |  September 16, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  | Category:  Michael Vick , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I HATE TO DO THIS BUT IT NEEDS TO BE DONE!!!! THIS IS A RACE ISSUE. IF MICHAEL VICK WAS WHITE WITH THE TALENT HE HAS YOU WOULD CALL HIM GOD...SINCE HE'S NOT YOU TRY AND SLANDER THE GUY..KOLB SUCKS HE'S A CAREER BACKUP ..AND HE'S SOFT. LETS GO BACK...LAST YEAR ..PLAYOFFS ..PHILLY SCORES 1 TOUCHDOWN..WHO'S THE QB VICK!!!
THIS IS A WHAT HAVE U DONE FOP ME LATELY LEAGUE????WHAT ???HAS KOLB DONE ?????
LET ME ANSWER S**T...ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

Posted by: FANOFVICK | September 16, 2010 11:45 AM

Fanofvick, just a ridiculous post...the gentleman has written a well thoughtout synopsis of Vick and his career... If you are going to disagree, please develop a reasonable argument..Vick may well be the better player and if so, he will play period...color is not and will not be the factor in this decision....winning will!

Posted by: panamawaterview | September 16, 2010 3:15 PM

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