All of a sudden, Philadelphia Eagles brass look like geniuses.
Just last month, the team was vilified after announcing that it had acquired Michael Vick, the disgraced former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, as insurance against the oft-injured super-star Donovan McNabb and unproven Kevin Kolb.
Now, following McNabb’s early departure with a fractured rib in Sunday’s drubbing of the Carolina Panthers, it appears that the $7 million premium the Eagles paid for two years’ worth of Vick’s services, was well worth the price.
McNabb went down in the third quarter of the 38-10 game after scrambling into the end zone. The 10-year veteran could miss up to four games, according to league sources, although he could be back as early as next week. "We'll just see how he does in the next little while here," Reid said, via Philly.com. "We'll see. The game just got over. We're taking it day-by-day and see how he does."
Panthers defender Charles Johnson slammed into McNabb as he lay on the ground. Reid said of the play, "I presume it was legal."
Since Vick is not eligible until the third week of the season, Kolb, who relieved McNabb Sunday, would start next week if McNabb cannot play. But, given Vick’s high profile, and extraordinary talents as a speedster with a rifle of a left arm, it’s plain to see how such a player could prove beneficial for a team with serious aspirations of returning to a Super Bowl.
During Sunday’s game in Carolina, there was an ocean of Vick jerseys at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, a clear sign that the uproar over Vick’s animal-abuse crimes have subsided considerably. And, among the Eagles’ faithful who attended the game, there was clear excitement over the fact that McNabb has a strong successor should he be needed any time soon.