Bradley’s Buzz: The (split) verdict on Vick’s signing

The newly local reaction

The Philadelphia papers are, if you’ll pardon the expression, abuzz this morning. John Gonzalez of the Inquirer reports that the Eagles’ press corps was stunned by the news.

“And so now Ron Mexico is an Eagle,” Gonzalez writes. “To say it’s a shocking development is a gross understatement. If anyone in town expected this or knew it was happening, they did a good job keeping it a secret. Vick reportedly flew into town Tuesday night and remained undetected until late last evening. That’s a hard thing to pull off. If his football comeback falls through, he has a terrific career ahead of him as a spy.”

This being Vick, there’s no firm consensus. Phil Sheridan of the Inquirer writes: “The Eagles are taking an enormous risk. All that’s at stake is everything owner Jeff Lurie and head coach Andy Reid have ever said about what the franchise stands for, and they have put all of that in the hands of a man who went to prison for murdering dogs. It just isn’t worth it.”

In the Daily News, Rich Hofmann writes about Eagles coach Andy Reid’s announcement of Vick’s addition: “The coach acknowledged that Vick has been on his mind for months and years. He said that Vick got into trouble at about the same time his sons got into trouble, and that he followed Vick’s story from afar and compared it to what his sons were enduring. It was as open and as human as Reid has ever been at an interview podium, and it was clear that not only was this Reid’s decision, first and foremost – but that his personal life opened him to the possibilities.”

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News calls the signing of Vick “a terrific move” and believes: “He was signed for one reason, one word: Wildcat.”

Back to the Inquirer. Amy Worden handles the animal rights angle and, as you’d expect, not every animal-lover in the City of Brotherly Love was ecstatic. Writes Worden: “News that the Eagles had signed quarterback Michael Vick, a convicted animal abuser, was met with swift outrage last night by members of Philadelphia’s animal-welfare community. Many said they were concerned that the move would cast a pall over a state in which animal advocates – led by Gov. [Ed] Rendell, who has three rescue dogs – have fought to improve conditions for dogs, particularly those who suffer in substandard commercial kennels.”

And now to the national press

The headline in Sporting News Today: “Vick Signing Could Be A Super Move By Philadelphia.” If that sounds like a rave review … well, there’s a reason. From Albert Breer’s story comes this quote by an unnamed AFC personnel man: “It’s a tremendous signing. The consensus in the league is that everyone is willing to forgive him.”

Writing for SI.com, Peter King makes this contention: “When Michael Vick would see visitors during his two-year exile from football … one refrain was clear:He had deep regrets over not working hard enough at the quarterback craft during his six-year NFL career, and if he ever got another chance to play in the NFL, he’d work hard to be a good all-around quarterback, not just an electric one.” That in mind, Vick to Philly makes more sense, King writes, “than Vick to almost anywhere else.”

KIng’s SI.com colleague Don Banks makes a key point, however: “Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Vick struggle in the West Coast offense when he tried playing in Atlanta under ex-Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp? Maybe Andy Reid and Marty Mohrninweg’s version in Philly will be a different story with different results, but the inaccurate Vick and the West Coast didn’t look like much of a match in 2005-2006 (35 TDs/20 INTs/54 percent passing).”

For ESPN.com, Chris Mortensen writes a key to the signing was Donovan McNabb: “As McNabb revealed after Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Patriots, he lobbied the Eagles to sign Vick. That’s stability.” (FYI, McNabb once escorted the younger Vick on a recruiting visit to Syracuse.)

Also from the Worldwide Leader: This discouraging word from Matt Mosley. “Anyone remember what happened the last time the Eagles attempted to make a huge splash? Terrell Owens had the one great year, and then he did his best to wreck the team’s locker room. Maybe I’ll change my mind. But right now, I think the Eagles are asking for trouble.”

And, in an interview with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc., Mosley solicits this response: “I think Michael Vick might automatically become the No. 1 backup in the league.

On CBSsports.com, Mike Freeman writes that Vick’s arrival is just one more insult to McNabb: “It constantly seems as if the city of Philadelphia and the Eagles organization can’t wait to ship McNabb’s big butt out of town as quickly as possible. Oh, and that’s what the Vick signing means. If you don’t believe that Vick is McNabb’s heir — sooner rather than later — you’re a fool. McNabb is once again being prepped for pasture.”

122 comments Add your comment

Hillbilly Deluxe

August 14th, 2009
9:28 am

He signed; now can we talk about something else?

Remember the kiddos?

August 14th, 2009
9:32 am

I can’t believe the ‘anti Vick’ people out there. The man’s done his time, he deserves a second chance. While i’m glad he’s not a Falcon, i’m glad he’s back in the league since he’s served his debt to society. I mean Dante Stallworth killed a man because of a DUI and he only got 30 days. Vick did a year and a half. Now, letting the ‘hating’ commence. haha

Falcon Fan

August 14th, 2009
9:35 am

I jumped for joy when I saw the news last night that MV was signed. Then I became sad because he signed with a NFC team.

Mark Bradley

August 14th, 2009
9:37 am

Me, I think he landed with a good organization. Me, I think he’ll do fine.

dooley

August 14th, 2009
9:37 am

I think this works both ways, if Vick does good, the eagles have longterm stability at QB or they can trade him next year for a slew of picks. Or, they could trade Mcnabb also next year. Very interesting at the very least. Good Luck MV7

mike4smom

August 14th, 2009
9:44 am

I can’t believe the Eagles signed Vick, not because I am against him playing again, but because he signed with the Eagles. I just moved from Atlanta to Delaware and Delaware is Eagle country. I didn’t like Vick in ATL and now I’ll have to hear about him everyday AGAIN! I’ve been telling everyone I’d never root for the Eagles, now I have one more reason to root against them. Go FALCONS!

Supes

August 14th, 2009
9:45 am

Mark, OK I give you today sir. After today, this better be a NONE story for the AJC.

I fail to see how this has anything to do with ATL sports.

MV is the Eagles’ problem right now. Let the media up in Philly and all the talking heads on ESPN discuss this to death.

We in ATL don’t give a FRAK about MV. About 90% of us have MOVED on. We are ATL FALCONS fans.

We care about the Falcons. Mark, and AJC staff…Write stories about CURRENT FALCONS.

Just damn!

MARION BERRY

August 14th, 2009
9:45 am

WHAT’S THE FUSS ABOUT?

Pez Hilton

August 14th, 2009
9:46 am

Heeeyyyyy Saint Simey!!! Love ya baby!! Toodles!!

Sting 'em Buzz

August 14th, 2009
9:48 am

Remember the kiddos, he has NOT paid his debt to society. He still owes portions of society MILLIONS. Pick a different phrase. He has served his sentence.

Dozer

August 14th, 2009
9:49 am

What difference does this really make? How much is he really going to play? I wonder if McNabb will continue his benevolent tone if he’s hurt or stumbling & there’s a groundswell from the fan base for MV7. Remember how thin-skinned he got when they drafted Kolb? – this only could happen because McNabb got his extension this summer. Reid said last night he sees Vick as a quarterback – so how much can this really matter if McNabb is your No. 1 guy?

Jfreak

August 14th, 2009
9:49 am

I say way to go Vick! You’ve paid your debt “too much” to society and now you can move on with your life. I wish you well and hope your career will now overshadow your life. Good Luck Man! You’ve earned at least that much from this sports fan.

Angus

August 14th, 2009
9:50 am

Huge risk by the Eagles.

I think they should have been in the SB last year – not sure they needed to make much improvement to get back this year – maybe MV is enough to get them over the hump.

On the other hand, this is a powder keg that could blow up in their faces. The Eagles could end up being more adversely affected by MV than the Falcons were. Potentially, the Eagles could lose both McNabb (almost happened last year w/ the Kolb situation) and MV (several scenarios – let’s say parole violation, back to jail) and have that rabid fan base turn on them.

I agree with Phil Sheridan – I don’t see how it’s worth it for the Eagles.

falcon4life

August 14th, 2009
9:52 am

I support Vick and I hope it works out for him. As a QB he is a long way from beating out McNabb although, one year as the backup and next year there could be a world class battle for the starting QB job in Philly! Now let’s stop talking about Vick and talk ALOT more about our Falcons!

Glenn

August 14th, 2009
9:52 am

He will be a situational qb . I personally think , career wise , he could have found a better fit . Michael Vick will be in a 10 play a game package . Feeley/Kolb will still be the primary backup . My guess is Vick would be the number 3 & Feeley will probably be traded . Falcons should look at him . Vick didn’t flourish in the WCO for the Falcons but it won’t matter . He won’t be running the offense . He will only need to learn the plays in his ” package ” .

Proud Black Man

August 14th, 2009
9:53 am

I appreciate MV7 because of his talent and ability on the football field. He is not my hero. He made a mistake and he paid for it dearly. As a black man, I do want to see him succeed because traditionally black men who dare to succeed are required to negotiate numerous obstacles. My grand kids are jumping for joy at his return. Its because MV7 is so exciting to watch.

This is also a learning tool for them. They are learning that there are consequences for doing things that are wrong in our society. They also are learning that you can overcome mistakes and achieve if given a chance. If MV7 fails, then so be it. The key word here is CHANCE.

richtfan

August 14th, 2009
9:54 am

i would have banned him the entire year based on the lies he told the commissioner and his team owner. And all of you who think he’s paid his debt to society conveniently forgot that he should have been brought up on state charges by the state of Virginia but was shown MERCY instead. So, all of you who say he’s done his time, you’re only partially right. He’s done federal time, but he hasn’t paid his debt to those in Virginia. That time should have been tacked on to whatever he did at Leavenworth. And the league would have been justified in keeping him out. Playing in the nfl is not a right of some sort. it’s a privilege, and it’s one that he had not earned back.

Good Luck

August 14th, 2009
9:55 am

Vick’s game has always been dependent on his speed and elusiveness. He’s never really developed into a consistent passer. I wonder how much of his speed and cuts will have deteriorated with his increasing age and time off from football? While I wish him well, I hope the Falcons pile drive him into the turf on December 6th. I am also eternally grateful that he couldn’t get his act together, because that led to our drafting Matt Ryan.

joe

August 14th, 2009
10:00 am

To Remember the Kiddos: The man doesn’t deserve anything. He paid hes penance to society for breaking a law. That’s said and done but has nothing to do with his reinstatement to the league or anything else for that matter.

crimsonice

August 14th, 2009
10:04 am

As a former Falcons ticket holder during Vick era, I will be in the dome Dec 6th with my #7 Vick Falcons jersey on waving an Eagles flag…GO EAGLES and welcome back Michael!!!! I hope you run all over the Falcons!!! Whose laughing now??!!

Hamad Meander

August 14th, 2009
10:07 am

I think the most egregious statement in this article is that MV7 admits to “not working hard enough at the quarterback craft” during his time with the Falcons. That makes me mad. Arthur Blank made Vick the highest paid NFL player at the time, and he didn’t work very hard for the money.

That being said, I’m over it. We now have a better team in Atlanta. Michael – I wish you the best of luck, but I most importantly wish that you dedicate every ounce of your effort to making your life a better one.

Kate

August 14th, 2009
10:08 am

EVERYONE CHECK OUT VICK’S VIDEO on YOUTUBE AT THE YOUNG JEEZY CONCERT!!!
Doesnt look redeemed to me,,,,,,and notice “THAT WORD”

Animal Lover!!!! Mike Vick hater!!!

August 14th, 2009
10:09 am

You people are unreal!!! You obviously don’t own or care about aminals!!! To let someone who knew what they were doing was wrong and against the law..but no its ok for him to make millions of dollars and just like nothing ever happened!! If he was a person in the real world, no one would let him come back to his job. He should have been put in a ring and forced to fight til he was dead!!!!! Animals can’t speak for themselves, but everyone who is on his side..go to hell. Mike Vick–YOU WILL GET WHATS COMING TO YOU IN THE END.

Well.....

August 14th, 2009
10:10 am

Congrats Philly, You know have 2 QB’s that everyone (except you) hates.

midnite

August 14th, 2009
10:11 am

So Vick admits he didn’t give a care about improving as a QB when he was with the Falcons. That was obvious at the time. So now he says he wants to learn and grow as a QB with the Eagles. Show us Mike, that you have matured, enough with foolishness. You now have your second chance, make to best of it. GO FALCONS!

Powder Springs Jacket

August 14th, 2009
10:12 am

113 more days to go!!!!! I got my tickets this morning!!

Tell It Like It Is

August 14th, 2009
10:14 am

Animal Lover!!!! Mike Vick hater!!!

Do you go to church on Sunday? You need Jesus or a good shrink my friend. Get some help before you go postal.

midnite

August 14th, 2009
10:14 am

Why do you “Victors” hate the Falcons? He is the one that screwed himself. If he wasn’t such a liar the Falcons might have stood by him.

Bama Aaron

August 14th, 2009
10:16 am

Mark I do hope this is your last blog about this subject. I never liked him in Atlanta and after what he did I don’t think he deserves any 2nd chance back in the league. But he’s Philadelphia’s problem now so let’s talk about something better….. like the Braves upcoming series with the Phillies!

FreeVick!

August 14th, 2009
10:17 am

If Vick were a white man, he would be in the league, as a starting QB right now, and wouldn’t have done any prison time. Roger Goodell tries to keep the African-American players down–like he did with Donte’ Stalloworth.

T-Bone

August 14th, 2009
10:18 am

Vick is not an Eagle — he’s a wildcat!!. The Eagles just punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.

Mark Bradley

August 14th, 2009
10:18 am

Oddly enough, I’ve just finished writing something about the Phillies and the Braves.

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

August 14th, 2009
10:19 am

If I were an editor, I would bar my reporters from using the word “outrage” as one of the Philly media people did in describing the reaction of animal rights community. It’s much too overused by the press.

Mark Bradley

August 14th, 2009
10:20 am

As a card-carrying member of the media, I’m outraged by that suggestion, Evil Richt.

Pago Flyer

August 14th, 2009
10:21 am

You can be pretty sure there won’t be any stray dogs around that stadium! Pretty funny..

me

August 14th, 2009
10:22 am

f… you all !!!! We will kill this year ! Go birds !!!

mike28212

August 14th, 2009
10:24 am

When I read what Peter King wrote, I became aggravated. It frustrates me as a Falcon fan before, during and after the Vick years that the guy didn’t apply himself fully to his craft. It’s nice that he realizes this now but that doesn’t change the fact that didn’t put forth full effort while he was a Falcon.

Mangum

August 14th, 2009
10:28 am

Please to not compare Vick to TO. TO is a baby and a media hog. Vick was never a cancer in the locker room or went out of his way to get media attention, he often shied away form it. Matt Mosley is an idiot. What Vick did was wrong and stupid, but I don’t see how he will wreck Philly’s locker room like TO did.

ThaMan

August 14th, 2009
10:28 am

We will see if he has redeemed himself. Everyone deserves chances. Remember that forgiveness is the greatest virtue. If the people don’t want it to happen, they’ll vote with their pocketbooks. I personally think he has a powerful, but highly inaccurate arm. All he can do is run. Perfect fit for a town like Philly.

MiltonDawg

August 14th, 2009
10:29 am

Laughing hysterically to the people who think Vick is going to change the NFL. He was never that great to begin with. GET A CLUE PEOPLE!!

stendec

August 14th, 2009
10:29 am

BE KIND AJC CENSORS: (CENSORED) Michael (CENSORED) is a (CENSORED) (CENSORED) (CENSORED)! Always will be. No matter what kind of uniform he wears! The (CENSORED) took big bucks from Falcons then (CENSORED) teammates, organization and fans. Did (CENSORED) not? In Philly? Who gives (CENSORED)? Philly only a (CENSORED) surburb of Detroit anyway! May (CENSORED) be (CENSORED) with (CENSORED). There. I said it. Simply cannot be any plainer than that. Thanks you (have to be polite to censors).

Reid Adair

August 14th, 2009
10:29 am

Well, when media members in your own new city are referring to you as “Ron Mexico,” that can’t be good.

But, hey. They offered, and the former #7 decided to accept. It’s for the Eagles and him to deal with now.

Thankfully.

Mac

August 14th, 2009
10:32 am

I’m more happy there’s not a fat, injured Dorsey on our sideline, riding a stationary bike, while Andre Woodson holds a clipboard and watches Chris Redman out on the field. Thomas Dimitroff and Smitty will always be our MVPs.

Glenn

August 14th, 2009
10:34 am

I keep reading what a big risk signing Mikey was for the Eagles . You know there is a reason Philly has won like a 11 games every year for the last dozen years , in what has been arguably the hardest division in football , and the Falcons can’t win in back to back seasons . Mike Vick isn’t going to replace Donovan McNabb . McNabb is being paid like a king for the next two years . Mike Vick signed a two year deal . He will make around a mil this year & 5 next year . Guess what . The deal is really a one year deal for a million . They will put in a package this season for him to spread defenses & will only play a handful of plays a game . He will be no threat to DM . If he screws up they are only out a million . If he does well , Vick will help them win & have the option to play with them next season in a similar package or the Eagles can trade him for picks or a position of need . This is a good move for Philly .

DawginLex

August 14th, 2009
10:34 am

The fact that Tony Dungy is mentoring him gives me hope that he is on a new and right path.

I wish him well.

Gravy Train

August 14th, 2009
10:38 am

Vick should be booed. He, like any other man, should have to earn back the respect of his peers and fans. Forgiving him as a person is truly the right thing to do. That’s what Jesus taught us. But as a player on the grid iron vindication and boos are fair game.

As a side note, I’ve never seen as much racism since OJ got away with murder. How in the world can you turn a blind eye to the lack of character or intelligence of a man because you share the same skin color? Why do people perpetuate ignorance and stereotypes and then blame other races for it? I wont boo Vick because he’s black. I will boo him because he used his money and influence to corrupt this franchise and the minds of children who looked up to him.

Now that he’s in Philly, does that mean he will actually learn to read coverages? Will he actually spend time in the film room? Will he spend more time working on his mechanics than he does trying to look good with panty hose on his head?

I wish him well as a man. Thug life is no life at all. I hope he never forgets the pain and isolation he says he felt in prison. Maybe that will help him to choose his friends and activities more wisely.

Mark C.

August 14th, 2009
10:46 am

I think Mike Freeman is onto something. McNabb is a good QB, but he has a serious set of rabbit ears. How many bad games can he have before he starts listening to the people calling for Vick to replace him. He got benched for a half last year and didn’t handle it well. The Eagles drafted Kolb with a high pick a few years ago and he didn’t handle that well. He says he’s not threatened, but I don’t buy it.

Hamad Meander

August 14th, 2009
10:47 am

Magnum – there is a difference between T.O. and MV7. T.O. completely dedicates his efforts to his craft of being an awesome wide receiver, even at an age when most players are slowing down. The dude is a physical speciman and can catch just about everything. He did not come about this naturally – HE WORKED VERY HARD. He came out of high school at 6-3, 180 lbs, lanky and skinny, and hit the weights and worked hard to become the freak of nature he is now in his 14th NFL season.

Lank

August 14th, 2009
10:51 am

The revenge from last year’s game in philly will be even sweeter now

55

August 14th, 2009
10:58 am

Wish him well. I have mixed feelings about him.
Dislike That: He didn’t study hard while here. The smaller off the field stuff. Ticked that he did that to dogs. What he did to the franchise.
Like That: He played hard on the field. Brought a lot of excitement to the city and franchise.
Mixed: On how good of a quarterback he was or will be.