Michael Vick: Relapse or Recovery

Michael Vick. Has he recovered or will

he relapse? Sure he’s the guy you want to watch, but is he the guy

you want leading your team? I wrote an article last week in the Washington

Post last week (http://views.washingtonpost.com/theleague/panelists/2010/09/can-vick-return-to-form-boadu.html)

urging people chill on Mike Vick.

I grew up watching Vick. He is “our” 

quarterback. But he’s also our overly talented knucklehead cousin

that you just wonder if he’ll ever “get it” and deep down you

just don’t trust him. If someone shows you who they are, believe ‘em.

We are about to see who Michael Vick is. Is he new changed man or the

same dude in ATL.

Let me get this straight also, as bad

as it sounds, I could care less about the dog fighting. It was a crime

and cruel and yes he deserved to be punished, but I’m over it. What

I’m not over were his inconsistent days in Atlanta. Highlights of

his ATL days will tell you God gave Vick an athletic gene cheat code

when he was born. But stats(75.0 QB rating in Atlanta) and a win loss

record (34-26-1) will tell you that Michael Vick was average or inconsistent,

you choose your adjective.

The Vick we see now, this “new Vick”

is on fire. He single handedly brought his team back in the Packers

game in Week 1. He torched the Lions, who yes they suck, but Vick still

dominated when he was supposed to. His 2010 stat line after 6 quarters

of football reads, 64% completion percentage, 459 yards, 3tds, no picks

giving him a stupid 105.5 QB rating. He’s got the hot hand right now

and you never take the ball out of someones hand when their on a streak.

Sucks for Kevin Kolb who has a knife in his back from Andy Reid, but

such is life.

It’s now or never for “our” quarterback.

Vick wasn’t exactly setup to win in Atlanta. He was changing coaches

and coordinators like draws, still learning to be an NFL QB, and had

Roddy White and Michael Jenkins dropping the ball, the soap, the baby

and anything and everything else they could possibly never get their

hands on. But we can’t let Mike off the hook, he was inconsistent

point blank, and admitted that he didn’t work hard in Atlanta.

"There was a lot more I could

have done off the field and in the film room that could have elevated

my game to a different level," Vick said. "I was complacent

at the time, somewhat lazy, and I settled for mediocrity. I thought

what I was doing was enough. Just imagine what I could have been doing

if I really would have been applying myself. That's a regret I have.”

In Philly, Vick has a great offensive

mind in Andy Reid, LeSean McCoy is one of the most underrated backs

in the league, and Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin..pick your poison.

He’s got all the opportunity in the world to succeed in Philly if

he has truly recovered from his lazy, rely on natural talent, and make

poor decisions off the field ways. Just keep in mind that he’s playing

for the same coach that put a knife in Kevin Kolb’s back and for the

same fans that boo’d Santa Claus and never appreciated Donovan McNabb.

Who is Michael Vick? Will he relapse

back into inconsistency or has he fully recovered ready to be an elite

quarterback like the Mannings (Peyton), Bradys, and Brees’ of the

world which is where he belongs. For Michael Vick, it’s relapse or

recovery…in due time we’ll see.

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