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Rob Rang

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No metamorphosis

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From his time at Virginia Tech and with the Atlanta Falcons to Sunday's impressive showing with the Eagles, Michael Vick has always dazzled onlookers with his athleticism.

Even at his greatest, however, he has struggled with his accuracy as a passer.

This fact was hidden a bit in Sunday's performance against the Packers. Quite frankly, with the Eagles generating only 24 passing yards from Kevin Kolb in the first half, any offense Vick was able to create in the second was going to look good in comparison.

Certainly the Packers knew to expect some playing time from Vick in this game. Just as certainly, however, their game plan centered on the accurate short to intermediate passing game that Kevin Kolb had shown throughout the preseason -- not Vick's dynamic versatility.

Vick's ability to attack the defense with his feet as well as his powerful arm makes him dangerous. However, for the improved poise and sudden accuracy with which he played Sunday, history says his success will be short-lived -- at least as a full-time starter.

Considering that he completed only 16 of 28 passes (57%) in the preseason with three interceptions and zero touchdowns thrown in four games, his performance against the Packers appears more likely to be a fluke against a team not expecting to see much of him, rather than a sudden metamorphosis.

With a variety of talented playmakers around him and (hopefully) the realization that he's been given a wonderful opportunity to turn around his career, there is certainly a possibility Vick's success against the Packers can be the springboard that keeps him starting over a healthy Kolb.

Given the reliance on reading defenses and downfield accuracy (two longtime struggles for Vick) for success in Reid's offense, however, I expect that we'll see a return to the form for which the athletically gifted quarterback was once best known -- a dynamic athlete capable of the spectacular, but just as likely to miss an open receiver on 3rd down.

By Rob Rang  |  September 16, 2010; 10:25 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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