Since all the PG men have been silent on this issue, SingleInPhillyGrrl takes on Vick and what it means for the Eagles.
Like many Philadelphia residents, I am a stark-mad, crazy lunatic when it comes to our sports teams (specifically the Eagles and Phillies). I take a sports hiatus from February to April (between football and baseball seasons) to let my voice return, my blood pressure to come down, and to wear colors other than green and red.
It’s a disease. And I don’t want the cure.
The shock has subsided over Michael Vick’s arrival to the Eagles roster, but the excitement for football season is rising faster than people’s intolerace for the monsoon that has claimed most of our summer. Since none of the guys have decided to man up and take on Vick, I will.
The question: What does the Eagles + Vick equal?
The answer: This sports-crazed city is hoping that this matchup will yield the elusive Lombardi trophy. And it is even more possible with the addition of Vick. But there are other hurdles standing in the Eagles way on their march to the Super Bowl. Let’s dissect:
Offense: Our Birds have arguably the most dangerous offense in the league, thanks to the team’s draft picks and the addition of Vick. Vick’s athleticism will allow the team to run the Wildcat offense, making the Eagles a formidable offensive force. While many teams have attempted to master this play, their offensive team lacks the speed and agility to run it successfully. Though Vick hasn’t been on the football field for three years, I have faith that this athlete will regain his speed. Flanked by veterans McNabb and Westbrook, an established DeSean Jackson, and rookies LeSean McCoy, Eldra Buckley, and Jeremy Maclin, look for big things from the Birds when they have the ball.
Defense: The loss of defensive coordinator Jim Johnson (RIP JJ) and Brian Dawkins to the Broncos has put a dent in our defense, which was all too apparent during the preseason game against the Patriots. However, the team has come a long way in the past 4 years, where they suffered from McNabb’s quick scoring and spent far more time on the field than their offense counterparts. Our defense has beefed up its stamina. They have a great balance between big linebackers, strong cornerbacks, and agile safeties. The Eagles defense, while overshadowed by the big names of the Eagles offense, has become one of the strongest in the league (48 sacks over 23 from their opponents), and if these athletes can continue to get in the right place at the right time and boost their interceptions caught, we’ll be seeing green in Miami (knock on wood).
Special teams: We’re solid here, as long as Akers stays healthy. He’s one of the best in the league and we need him. Moving on.
Coaching: If Vick is truly as remoresful as he appeared during the Eagles press conference and the 60 minutes special, then I don’t anticipate another Reid-T.O. personality war. Vick must know that he’s got a lot to prove, and if he keeps his head down and does what the coaching staff says, I think he’ll settle in just fine. With a mentor like Tony Dungy, I do believe Vick will stay focused on football and rebuilding his name.
The fans: The fans are an extension of the Eagles, and they will be Vick’s biggest hurdle to overcome. I’ve never see the Eagles fan base so divided on a player, and if Vick doesn’t want to suffer the same fate as Santa Claus or Sarah Palin, he had better deliver (on the field and off) to win over the crazies called Eagles fans.
Welcome to Philadelphia, Vick. Let’s see what you can do.