It shouldn't surprise me but it does; Vick signing as a QB to "backup" me? I might've also wondered "What are they thinking?!" but I also know the answer to that as well. And lastly, I would've been interested in the Eagles fans' reactions to this move when I've only given everything I was to them and my team center. Sadly, that too is as predictable as the sun rising.
The answers as I, Donavan McNabb, see it:
Eagles fans have been calling for my head since Superbowl XXXIX. They want a Superbowl so bad (probably because they're sooooo jealous of Pittsburgh) that they're willing to sacrifice, me, one of the best QB's in the game. I've had 7 post season appearences (more than even Tom Brady and Brett Farve each), 5 NFC championship appearances, 15 post season games (with 9 wins, I might add), I'm the Eagles' all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, and the least intercepted QB per pass attempt of all time (4303 attempts-90 interceptions (2.09%). Then why do they have to bring in Vick "behind me" who has some of the worst pass completion and interception ratings among QB's today? You know?...I believe it's the coaching that needs the "backing-up"! Why not bring in Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy or Mike Shannahan instead? Yeah, I like those guys!
Andy Reid has been under pressure from Eagles management for not winning the "big" games and his benching me last year, after just two uncharacteric bad starts, was idiotic and accomplished little. I thought it to be a ploy to get the heat of his back and onto mine so he could keep his job another season. He couldn't even get me a decent receiver to take the team from merely great to say, oh..."New England" Great . When they landed Terrell Owens, we did infact go to the Superbowl and we could've destroyed the Pats if Owens wasn't battling a broken ankle. Then comes the inevitable dreaded "Owens" implosion and exit. No seasoned wideouts acquired in 4 years since. Enter Vick. Why? We know he runs balls, not catches them.
I'll tell you straight up: Philly fans are fickle in the best of times, pure and simple. Hey!, I've lived there 10 years and I know what a pit it can be at times, so I know from were I speak. The fans compete with Oakland's Black Hole each year to for the Low-Rent Award. Lastly the stadium has a police precinct in it - what does that tell you? The fans have turned on me for not bringing home a Superbowl to Philly. Rather, shouldn't they be asking, "Why couldn't Andy Reid bring home the trophy?" Who's the real choke-artist in Philly, huh?
Also, Vick is vile (maybe not as vile as Donte Stallworth is right now), but even Tony Dungy can't convince me that this thug should even be in the NFL ever again. What kind of role model do the Eagles want in Philly anyway? The kind that works hard, is a team player, supports his community and wins or the kind that wants to live a gangsta's life, puts his own glory ahead of his team, and worry more about what he's owed than what he can give back. McNabb? Vick? Vick? McNabb? Ummmm....even Corky could make that decision.
In truth, given Vick's playing style, he'd be a more likely to back up to Brian Westbrook (or LeSean McCoy for all you fickle Philly fans). Other teams in desparate need of a "top" QB, may have shown interest, but avioded him in the end. Besides the the Eagles and their fan base are suckers for flash and glitz a la Terrell Owens. You think they would've learned their lesson, right?
a) The Vikings and Raiders have enough delinquent players without Vick adding to it
b) Coach Spagnulo cpuldn't get back to the "Greatest Show on Turf" with Vick passing completion,
c) Coaches Singletery and Sparano wouldn't allow Vick's hijinx on the 49er's or Dolphins
d) Clinton Portis wouldn't allow Vick to steal is reps in Washington
e) and the Browns could've been a good fit in the "Dawg Pound" but Brady Quinn happens to love Dawgs.
I'm sure, several teams made offers, but the Eagles gave him a 2 yr contract. Does a TWO year contract sound like a resounding endorement of Vick's new and iomproved character? Or that other teams would only give him 1 season? Even the Ravens with burgeoning talents in Joe Flacco and Troy Smith openly said they've looked into Vick, however, I believe it was Vick who refused the Ravens thinking Ray Lewis might want to break his other leg.
I'm all for 2nd chances. Couldn't we all? I could use 2 or 3 of them myself, but perhaps Vick should make a another NFL-sponsored public apology denouncing his past behavior, offer community service and support, AND agree to make league minimum for the rest of his career (as should all convicted anti-roll model types), then he would pehaps take his reinstement more seriously and not to treat it like it's the janitor's job at a Chuck e Cheese! Afterall, it is a privilege, not a right, to play pro football for millions of dollars (are you paying attention Michael Crabtree?!).
Bottomline: I'm is being jerked around. Mark my words here and now, my days as an Eagle are numbered, pehaps as early as next season or 2010-11 at the lastest. Vick is a cancer and only capable of thinking about Michael Vick. When I've gone to the Vikings, Dolphine (Ooohhhh, Miami would be nice!) or any one of the other teams that's light at QB, the Eagles will begin to fold like a cheap, rusty, old lawn chair and then, maybe, they;ll see their error. But then again, it's more likely that dogs everwhere start to speak and declare Michael Vick as their beloved king.