The Circus Has Arrived: Michael Vick Joins Philadelphia Eagles

So, Michael Vick is an Eagle. Holy @#$%!!! My initial reaction is, I have no idea what Jeff Lurie, Joe Banner and Andy Reid are thinking. You have a franchise quarterback that you just handed more money in order to make him feel secure and safe. Now, you bring in a guy who just served two years in Leavenworth for purposely killing dogs for dough. An athlete who some feel doesn’t belong on the streets, let alone the NFL. Why, why, do you make this move? I don’t know.

Did they let Donovan McNabb in on the deal? Did he give them their blessing? Do they even care what he thinks? Again, I don’t know. This seems to say more about the development of Kevin Kolb than anything else. Kolb, currently injured, has shown nothing in limited time.

Is Vick an upgrade? He wasn’t a system quarterback before all his troubles. He’s been sitting in a jail cell for two years. Yeah, you can use him in a “Wildcat” formation for a few plays a game, but that doesn’t justify inking one of the most vilified athletes of the last 30 years. And it also doesn’t justify the public relations nightmare that’s about to hit the city of Philadelphia.

I don’t get it. How does this improve what many consider a Super Bowl-ready team? In my opinion, it doesn’t. The 2009 season now becomes all about Michael Vick. Forget the retooled offensive line; forget the dynamic rookie class; forget Joe Mays; forget Sean McDermott.

The circus has arrived. A circus named Michael Vick. As another vilified Eagle once said, “Get your popcorn ready!”

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  • Freak

    I don’t think they necessarily have to use him as a QB. I have heard WR tossed around on other boards.

    But we are deep in that position right now.

    I don’t know.

    Still befuddled. And this time it isn’t the beer.

  • http://fansided.com Zach

    Go Vick! I am rooting for him to make a comeback…

  • Scott Tunstall

    He will play QB when he’s allowed to play. Could be bye, bye Kolb. Who the F knows at this point.

  • joe lang

    Very dissapointed with this major distraction ,

  • http://ebonybird.com Joe (Ebony Bird)

    Hope all the things I mention in this post won’t happen to you guys. I like Philly.

    http://ebonybird.com/2009/08/11/vick-to-the-ravens-no-thank-you/

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    good luck guys. i’m glad we did’nt bring him in dallas. i heard washington was sniffin around him, but never thought you guys would pull the trigger? wow. well, if mcnabb would get hurt? this would be it? you just never know. he is still a good football player, i just have a hard time with the dog situation. i have 4 dogs myself. i’m a avid sportsman and hunter. my blacklabs are my hunting buddies and companions and are my best friends. i literally love my dogs. can’t stomach someone that kills them for sport. he’s done his time, deserves a second chance? well so be it. but again i’m just glad we did’nt do it for a change.

  • Freak

    Where did you get that photo of the man in the Eagles jersey?

    Yeah Dave, this is unusual for us under Reid I dare say. Closest thing is TO… which you know well.

  • Jamie

    Vick on the Eagles danget wait has the management forgot about Kolb and McNabb if that doesn’t kill a fanbase i don’t know what does

  • Scott Tunstall

    Freak – Photoshop can do wonders (Thanks to Adam and Zach for the help!)

  • Matt

    I guess I’m in the minority of people who feels Michael Vick has served his time and repaid his debt to society? I mean, he did despicable things. Things he can’t undo. No matter how much time he sat in a cell, he can’t bring a single dog back to life. But from what I’ve seen, he seems to earnestly want to right his wrongs in whatever manner possible. It remains to be seen whether or not he’s earnest… but if he’s not, I doubt he’ll hang around.

    From a football standpoint, this is a pretty good signing. From a public relations standpoint, it’s a high-risk signing. In all honesty, I’m pretty excited to see what their plans are for him as a player.

  • Robert

    Eagles, congratulations! Michael Vick will take you to the Super Bowl and you will win it. After the dust settles and the drama about his past calms down; we will get to the business of NFL football. Vick must produce. He must stay out of bars and night clubs, not carry a gun, stay away from drugs, liquor, crazy women and casinos. I recommend he be so focused that he conduct himself as if he were in Navy Seal training. Michael, It is time for football! Play football! Get intoxicated on football. Michael; use your gifts. Don’t mess with God-given tools. Hone them, improve them, take them to the highest levels. Respect your gifts. Obey the laws of the land. Remember: most fans have short memories; especially when you do great things on that football field. God bless you. You are a champ.

  • John

    WHY THE HELL WOULD EAGLES SIGN MICHAEL VICK!! PHILLY FANS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THIS DECISION! ANDY REID: YOU ARE RETARDED AND SHOULD BE UNEMPLOYED. MICHAEL VICK IS A DOG KILLER WHO BELONGS IN JAIL ALONG WITH YOUR 2 DRUG ADDICT SONS! I HOPE EVERYBODY BOYCOTTS THE EAGLES!

  • John

    HEY ROBERT,MICHAEL VICK IS NOT LEADING EAGLES TO THE SUPER BOWL! YOU ARE CLUELESS ABOUT FOOTBALL. ALOT OF IDIODIC FANS, LIKE YOURSELF THOUGHT THE EAGLES WILL BE BACK TO THE SUPER BOWL IN 2005 AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THAT YEAR,RIGHT? THIS GUY IS A MURDERER! HOW MANY DOGS KILLED EQUALS ONE HUMAN LIFE? THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS IN WHAT HE DID. REMEMBER, HE DENIED ALL THE CHARGES AT FIRST. ONLY REASON HE CONFESSED WAS BECAUSE OF PLEA BARGAIN.

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  • Scott Salem

    How about asking him to donate 50% of his salary to help care for the dogs he has scared for life? A portion of the 66 Bad Newz Kennel’s dogs seized were deemed unadoptable and are being cared for by Best Friends (see http://www.bestfriends.org/vickdogs)

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  • Tom

    i dont see why so many people are angry over signing him…if you want to be mad then look at stallworth he was drunk driving and killed a human…not dogs a person…and all he gets is 30 days in prison which he only spent 23 days in and gets a 1 year suspension oh and hes still able to leave his home to train while he is on house arrest…i dont think vick had that luxury…i think it is rediculous

  • Joe

    Lurie is a bum! Eagles fans are now tainted by Vick. Cant cheer for him can you???? Cant wear your Eagles jersey now can you???? Everyone in public will now associate the Eagles/Lurie with the bum Vick. Dog killer, pot smoker, felon, what a tool! Nice job Eagels fans! Keep up the good work. every time you turn on the eagles game you support vick. every time you go to the game you support vick. every time you purchase eagles merchandise you support vick. The NFL supports vick…..anything for a buck. Easily done in philly. Town of fools!!!!!

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  • tooner

    when i read all this sh?? hear (except for 2), i wonder what is the mentality level of you? there’s talk of team distraction, and negative downput and so on, but the only distraction is the ignorant nerds writing here. the media is always hype on writing distractions, and you are no better than the media. vick did an extremly bad crime, paid his time and maybe redeemed himself (maybe not), but that is to be seen in the future. what he is saying now is to be taken truthfuly untill he shows otherwise. i personally dislike very much what he did (i have 2 dogs and very many other animals), but he paid his price, and now he deserves his second chance to move on. what comes out of it is up to him to show.
    botom line: all you nerds condeming him are nothing but hypocrites, becuase you’re saying your perfect.

    NO ONE IS PERFECT!!!

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