Some of my random thoughts about Michael Vick signing with the Eagles after watching Friday’s press conference:
- I was particularly moved by the comments of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. I had a dog for 15 years and know the pain of losing a pet that you love. Lurie reminded me of that mental anguish, which I have tried to quell. He also made it abundantly clear that Vick has no room for error with the Eagles. There is a clear expectation that Vick is to be more than a football player in Philadelphia.
- My respect for Eagles QB Donovan McNabb has grown — if that’s possible — because of the part he played in Vick coming to Philadelphia. McNabb has opened Pandora’s box for the deranged faction of Eagles fans who believe he’s the problem with the team. As soon as Vick gets a first down in his Wildcat duties, the boo birds will begin to chant, “We Want Vick.” McNabb recognized his longtime friend needed a break and that getting in the way of giving Vick an opportunity was something he couldn’t bring himself to do, even though he knows controversy is just a first down away.
- Another initial thought was confirmed when Eagles coach Andy Reid acknowledged that his sons’ travails were a mitigating factor in wanting to give Vick a second chance.
- For those fans who oppose the Vick signing, you’re within your rights to feel that way, and you’re also within your rights to give up your season tickets. Conversely, the Eagles are within their rights to show mercy.
What say you?