News from Philly: Vick named starting pitcher … er, QB

Arthur Blank and Michael Vick before the Eagles beat the Falcons last year. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Arthur Blank and Michael Vick before the Eagles beat the Falcons last year. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Philadelphia — Talk about timing. I was planning to stop by the Eagles’ practice facility tomorrow en route to the final game of the Braves-Phillies series. My intention was to speak to Michael Vick about how graciously he has accepted his role as the Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback behind Kevin Kolb. And then …

Ten minutes ago the press box at Citizens Bank Park, which is just across the street from the Eagles’ stadium and down the road from the training complex, went nuts, and it had nothing to do with the Phillies or the Braves. The Eagles just sent out a blast e-mail announcing that coach Andy Reid has named Vick the starting quarterback. (This represents a major reversal on Reid’s part: Even after Vick had led Philly to victory Sunday over Detroit, the coach maintained that Kolb, who missed the game with a concussion, would remain No. 1.)

And I’m thinking: Good for Michael Vick.

Because I’ve never been able to dislike him as a person. Because I’ve always considered him capable of being a first-rate NFL quarterback. And because tomorrow just got a bit more interesting for yours truly.

Oh, and you’ll never guess which team visits Lincoln Financial Field — that’s the stadium across the street — on Oct. 17. Yep. The Atlanta Falcons. Them again.

219 comments Add your comment

Reid Adair

September 21st, 2010
6:17 pm

I agree, Mark. Good for him. I wish him all the luck … except on Oct. 17 and if the Eagles and Falcons were to meet in the playoffs.

KB

September 21st, 2010
6:17 pm

F-105 Thunderchief

September 21st, 2010
6:18 pm

I still dislike him. But, I must admit, I watched him play some this season. He is still entertaining.

UGABugKiller

September 21st, 2010
6:19 pm

Mark, all I’ll say is I’ll never understand how someone cannot dislike a person who did so much evil.

That’s all I have to say. Let the reverse-racists, racists, sycophants, apologists, and people who like me don’t understand how so many can love someone capable of so much violence and evil because he can run real fast. They can have at it.

I bow this one out.

My old Kentucky home

September 21st, 2010
6:22 pm

Mick Vick as starting pitcher….a little comic relief you were taught well at UK Mark…good stuff….can the Braves get to Halladay..?? we’ll know soon…we could have won last night…if we’d hit…I don’t hold any animosity towards MV…he didn’t hurt my dogs and he did some time in the joint…he’s paid he’s debt to society IMHO…GO BRAVES..!!!

misterwax

September 21st, 2010
6:23 pm

Bug Killer – what is a reverse racist? a euphemism for a black bigot perhaps? that is a weird one for sure…

UGA Student

September 21st, 2010
6:27 pm

My old Kentucky home

September 21st, 2010
6:29 pm

BugKiller the whole debacle cost him millions of dollars…and he did time…I like your posts and we generally agree…but not this time….the dog fighting was wrong but it’s a cultural thing…it’s not like he held up a covenience store and blew somebody away…just sayin

Matt

September 21st, 2010
6:33 pm

I think what Vick did was awful, but he paid his debt to society, and he lost millions, so while I’m not happy for his success, I’m not going to claim he shouldn’t be allowed to seek it.

bp

September 21st, 2010
6:36 pm

Who is J Norwood?Never seen him play.

LJ

September 21st, 2010
6:36 pm

I liked him as a Falcon, but can’t wait for Willy Mo and Spoon to have a Vick “sammich” in a few weeks.

UGABugKiller

September 21st, 2010
6:37 pm

My old Kentucky home, I don’t agree its a cultural thing. What does that mean? I hate sociology, it is the softest and most twistable (to biases) of ALL the soft sciences. I believe Vick is a man without empathy or conscience and is only sorry he got caught and that his act of contrition is simply him trying to survive and get back into the NFL, and that he isn’t sorry at all for what he did, and would still be doing had he not been caught.

I won’t delve anymore into it.

Heath

September 21st, 2010
6:38 pm

Regardless what i think of him as a person, he probably gives them the best chance to win.

Barkin'Dog

September 21st, 2010
6:38 pm

This is great news for Michael… I thought some of his comments in the past were shallow and self-serving, but his last comments about being a grateful back-up to QB-KK were spot on. Humility and appreciation for the opportunity presented to him.

Good luck, Michael… except Oct. 17th… I hope you do well enough to lose to the Falcons in the NFC championship game ;-)

Maximus Decimus Meridius

September 21st, 2010
6:41 pm

Are you not entertained ?

Mark Bradley

September 21st, 2010
6:43 pm

It’s strange. Vick’s two best seasons ended on this very street: The Falcons lost to the Eagles in the playoffs at the old Veterans Stadium in January 2003 and at Lincoln Financial Field in the NFC championship game in January 2005.

Dude

September 21st, 2010
6:43 pm

I don’t understand people that call themselves Eagles fans but hate the fact that Vick is the new QB. You should have known dayum well Kolb couldn’t lead that team. I even won a bet with real Eagles fans because I assured them that Kolb would everything in his power to not be starting long. I know people that fell head first off a curb and didn’t suffer a concussion but this dude gets hits once and his marbles are that scrambled. I guess we never knew because he was too busy playing jump rope on the sidelines praying nothing ever happened to McNabb.

GT Alum

September 21st, 2010
6:44 pm

My old Kentucky home –

Slavery and lynchings and segregation were cultural things, too…doesn’t mean they were any less wrong.

That said, I honestly can’t say I bear Vick any ill will. He has paid for his crime, and I don’t begrudge him a second chance. I hope he has learned that what he did was wrong and is able to move forward with his life and career in a positive manner and avoid such negative activities and associations in the future.

The people I bear ill will are the people who can’t accept that he did anything wrong or say he was just a victim of the system. It also makes me wonder what they might be involved in if they can condone his activities.

My old Kentucky home

September 21st, 2010
6:45 pm

BugKiller I’m not gonna butt heads with you on this on a Braves blog…I had an 1100 SAT but I was not president of the debate team…I am Joe 6 pack..(I’m also Bob Horner..)…I’ve let go of the Vick hatred…my x-wife cheated on me…I’ve let go of that too….you have to BugKiller, hate consumes too much energy..I’m older than you…please trust me on that buddy…

hoyt28

September 21st, 2010
6:46 pm

Good luck Mike.

ernisTbass

September 21st, 2010
6:47 pm

That’s not strange, now the Braves season ending on the same street?????

Heath

September 21st, 2010
6:47 pm

Eagles fans are very happy. They will be able to start hating a very talented QB again in no time.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 21st, 2010
6:49 pm

I remember three years ago when people were triumphantly claiming that Vick’s career was over. Now he’s back and better than ever. The NFL just got way more fun to watch. What up Vick Supporter and bigeasy.

BIG TECH FAN

September 21st, 2010
6:49 pm

UGAbugkiller, I”m sure you would be delighted if my man Vick would put some of you MUTTS and fans to sleep right about now!!! Cause you all are in for a loooooooooong season and I mean looooooooooooong!!! Go Vick and Go Tech!!!!!!! In the words of Ric Flair…WHEEW!!!!!

My old Kentucky home @GT Alum

September 21st, 2010
6:50 pm

In New Dehi they stop for cows on the street…I’m having cow for dinner….is this exampleokay..?? as far as “cultural differences”..??

Najeh Davenpoop

September 21st, 2010
6:51 pm

It is sad, though, that of all the people Philadelphia fans get to watch him every weekend. I can’t think of a less deserving bunch.

Heath

September 21st, 2010
6:53 pm

Thus being the first time in recorded history that Mike Vick and Rick Flair were mentioned in the same post. And the post was about a long season for UGA. On an Atlanta Braves blog.

Seriously, what are the odds?

JT

September 21st, 2010
6:53 pm

This just in….. Live from Philadelphia, there’s a Braves game to win. Focus people.

gabugman

September 21st, 2010
6:54 pm

While I’m not a Vick lover and really dislike VaTech, I wish ANY person reaching for redemption success. Except against the birdz.

Jt is right

September 21st, 2010
6:55 pm

Go Braves…..!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

September 21st, 2010
6:56 pm

I don’t even really care to argue with the dog lovers anymore. I’ve accepted that no reasoned argument can convince them that dogs are no more deserving of legal protection than other equally intelligent animals like cows and monkeys.

I am just happy now that the people who consistently derided Vick’s ability as a quarterback will get to see how wrong they are. Finally Vick gets to play for a coach who knows what he’s doing offensively (even if he sucks at clock management). Finally Vick gets to play in a system where they won’t be running gadget plays every three snaps. Watch what Vick does now, no longer saddled by the league’s worst coaching staff, and no longer forced to carry a team full of mediocre players (who, with the exception of Roddy White, have accomplished NOTHING since Vick left).

I’ve been telling y’all for seven years on this blog that whichever coach is smart enough to put Vick in a traditional passing offense is going to reap the rewards. Andy Reid gets it more than any TV analyst or any coach the Falcons ever had.

gabugman

September 21st, 2010
6:56 pm

LOL@ Najeh:

Couldn’t agree with you more re: Philly fans.

Jackets2010

September 21st, 2010
6:57 pm

I’ve added Vick to all my fantasy teams and didn’t drop him. So this is great news. Those of you still full of hate toward him. That’s a real shame.

ernisTbass

September 21st, 2010
6:57 pm

If Vick can beat the Cowboys twice all is forgiven, Is that Simione Rice’s phone I hear ringing with Dan, I wish I was Jerry Jones, Snyder on the other end?

Dennis Miller

September 21st, 2010
6:57 pm

This blog makes Sarah Palin look like Rosie O’Donnell, babe.

GT Alum

September 21st, 2010
6:58 pm

My old Kentucky home -

I understand, but a line has to be drawn somewhere. Otherwise, no one and nothing is safe. I mean, we could also say that some cultures they are compelled to kill people with different beliefs. There are limits to freedom and respect for cultural differences and other sets of beliefs.

And a lot of people believe that torturing animals purely for entertainment is over that line.

Gordon Soley

September 21st, 2010
6:58 pm

Calm down BIG TECH FAN

DeepDiver

September 21st, 2010
6:58 pm

Matt Ryan makes the pill easier to swallow but it is still painful to see MV7 and think about what might have been under a REAL coach…well I guess if he had played that year Petrino may still be here, so I guess that is some consolation.

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 21st, 2010
6:58 pm

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to see The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, take on the Nature Boy, Rik Flair, in the steel cage, just one more time.

Heath

September 21st, 2010
7:00 pm

Or Fred Blassie as the Braves new coach.

Plato

September 21st, 2010
7:00 pm

@GT Alum…the ancient Greeks said Democracy = Chaos something to think about….I believe law makers make too many laws..and our society is doomed

Heath

September 21st, 2010
7:01 pm

Oh wait, Blassie’s dead. Just like Kawakami’s career.

OH!

My old Kentucky home

September 21st, 2010
7:02 pm

GT Alum….you’re right…GO BRAVES…let’s agree on that..!!!!

Balderdash

September 21st, 2010
7:03 pm

For folks who forefathers hanged blacks folks daily in Georgia less than 50 years ago; you guys are really considerate of so-called civil people.

COME ON MAN

September 21st, 2010
7:04 pm

we can be such hypocrites some times.let’s face it we love violence.that’s why football and boxing are the highest rated sporting events.And if they staged a dog fight during primtime the ratings would go through the roof.to prove my point,a plane landed safe today.Does anyone cares.But owe boy let one crash.

Heath

September 21st, 2010
7:04 pm

Minor has a better winning percentage, so I’d say we’re set! :)

JT

September 21st, 2010
7:04 pm

I’m sorry. I thought this was a Brave’s blog. Do you people know how to find the Falcon’s blog? Then please do. Thank you.

@JT

September 21st, 2010
7:05 pm

Bradley regrets the Vick comment but it was cute when he hit “post”

GT Alum

September 21st, 2010
7:06 pm

Najeh -

You’re right. If Vick was killing those dogs humanely and eating them, I’d have no problem with it. If he was killing them because they were a danger to him or others, I’d have no problem with that.

I’m honestly not a big fan of bullfighting, cock fighting or any other kind of bloodsport either.

clay

September 21st, 2010
7:06 pm

Im happy for Vick. Everyone deserves a second chance. I have been pulling for the guy since he got out. Do I like what he did NO. That doesnt mean he doesnt deserve a second chance to right the ship. He has paid his debt to society and now he is moving on in his life. Lets go Bravos.