While this is hardly news that will knock the snowstorm out of the top spot on area newscasts, Michael Vick once again talked about the fact that he was lazy in Atlanta and never came close to tapping his talent for the Falcons.
Falcons fans should probably be upset, but the fact is the Vick era ended a long time ago and a new franchise signal caller is in town. Who really cares at this point?
The reason your DailyPhiladelphian even cares about this is twofold.
First, while he obviously has a new appreciation on his freedom and his ability to make major money, did he learn anything while playing in Philadelphia last year? Did he pick up any good habits from watching and meeting with Donovan McNabb and the Eagles coaches?
Since he wasn’t the starter each week, we’ll never really know how much effort he puts in to prepare. For his sake, hopefully he learned the importance of watching tape and preparation, especially since his speed seems to have gone backwards during his time in the clink.
The other reason is the fact that, while everyone assumes Vick will be traded, there is a chance — maybe even a 50-50 chance — he will stay in Philly and compete with Kevin Kolb for the starting job. Neither Andy Reid nor Joe Banner has really given McNabb a strong vote of confidence. They are at least debating which way to go in terms of the quarterback position.
If McNabb stays, Vick is gone. If McNabb goes, the guess is that the Eagles would rather keep Vick in case Kolb can’t handle the starting job. At least Vick has experience as a starter, although we doubt he’d be half the quarterback McNabb has been in his decade in green.
If things pan out that way, we better all hope Vick is serious when he says he’s learned from his past.