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Robert Littal

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Vick's first big test


After a preseason in which Michael Vick looked nothing like that Michael Vick we knew before he went Dog Pound Gangster, there were many people who thought his days of being a relevant quarterback in the NFL were over.

On the flipside Donovan McNabb who had been traded to division rival Washington Redskins looked like he was ready for a rebirth.

Funny how a month can change everything.

At this particular moment Michael Vick is playing like a Super Bowl caliber quarterback while McNabb looks like he will be in for a long year with the Redskins.

Vick is not just playing well; he is playing better than he ever has. Vick has never had a completion percentage over 56%, but now he is completing over 60% of his passes. He has never had more than 20 passing TDs in season; he has six in two and half games.

He has excellent receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. A good tight end in Brent Celek. LeSean McCoy is channeling a young Brian Westbrook. For Vick's unique talents the Eagles are the perfect team and he has the perfect coach in Andy Reid.

Reid is about as trustworthy as Richard Nixon, can't call a 4th and 1 play if his life depended on it and he failed his clock management class in head coaching school, but he knows how to run an offense.

McNabb, on the other hand, is on a team with aging receivers. Joey Galloway is on the Redskins -- to get a true understanding how old Galloway is, when he was a rookie I was filling out my application to The Ohio State University as a high school junior.

Clinton Portis seems to be on his last legs, the offensive line is in disarray and we aren't even going to mention the Albert Haynesworth fiasco.

McNabb is older than Vick and has more miles on the odometer. His years as an elite quarterback are dwindling and he needs to win now, but if the Vick we are seeing now is for real, it's a no brainer for the short and long term he is the quarterback I would want under center.

But the key question here is can Vick keep it up?

You know what you are getting with McNabb; it is the same McNabb you have gotten for the last decade. We know Vick can be spectacular, but how long can he show that type of pocket presence that you have to have to win a Super Bowl? I think we will find out about Vick's maturity when he faces McNabb, if he can handle this type of pressure in a game, the Eagles should win. I think he will ride it out maybe all the way to Dallas and the Super Bowl, if not, maybe we shouldn't write McNabb off so quickly.

Vick's been rescued from the pound and he doesn't want to go back, so hopefully for him he doesn't trip over any bones.

By Robert Littal  |  September 30, 2010; 12:58 AM ET  | Category:  Donovan McNabb , Michael Vick , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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