IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not one of those types that thinks Michael Vick should have been barred for life from playing football. But that said, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t envision his joining the Eagles actually working out.
To get this out of the way, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t condone forcing animals to fight, much less killing them. I honestly think Vick is despicable. But the guy was sentenced for his crime, he served his time and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s out. If someone is willing to take him on, I have little problem with him joining a team, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s despite the fact that I doubt Vick has any contrition. If he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think fighting dogs was wrong before he got caught, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say the only thing heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sorry about is that he got caught.
But what is the best case scenario here? What is Vick going to do in Philadelphia to make it worth taking on the scrutiny of actually having him?
I can understand why Vick would think this is the best situation. You know the drill: strong management team, solid coach in Andy Reid, established quarterback Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all of which takes pressure off Vick. In addition, he has one of the most stable men in the history of the NFL in Tony Dungy as a mentor to keep him on the straight and narrow.
I know what Vick gets out of this. But what do the Eagles get?
First off, they get an angry quarterback. Sure, Donovan McNabb said the right things about encouraging the Eagles to sign Vick. What is he supposed to say? Privately, he hates it. McNabb has an enormous ego and a ton of pride. He wants to be The Man.