It was certainly a surprise to hear Andy Reid, the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach, name Michael Vick the team’s starter until further notice over the once-concussed Kevin Kolb.
Reid has to do what’s right for the Eagles and he believes Vick is able to help this team go further in 2010.
Vick has always had his critics even before getting in trouble over allegations of dogfighting.
In 2001, many had predicted he would sit for awhile as an understudy to the Falcons’ Chris Chandler or that Vick wouldn’t be able win many games as a NFL starter because defenses may be too complex for him.
Vick played some in 2001, and former head coach Dan Reeves, just like Reid, made the decision to go with Vick at the beginning of the 2002 season as his starter. Guess what? The Falcons made the playoffs in 2002, and beat Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers on the road.
Well, Vick did prove those critics wrong. However, Vick, who is now 30, continue to deal with critics who felt that he would never be a starter in the NFL again.
And critics hate to be proven wrong.
ESPN has driven a lot of the negative publicity against Michael Vick in its coverage of the dogfighting allegations first coming to the surface in 2007 which led to an indictment and eventual pleading guilty in the same year.
It is very rare for an athlete to recover from two years of prison and come back an persevere, but appears Vick has completed that journey.
However, ESPN columnists and TV analysts, continue to be critical and be proven wrong by the three-time Pro Bowler and now starter of the Philadelphia Eagles.
On ESPN’s First Take broadcast, Skip Bayless commented that the Eagles will now be the “laughing stock of the NFL”.
NFC East blogger and chronic Vick critic, Matt Mosely, had a headline for one of his stories that read: Andy Reid makes a knee-jerk decision.
Mosely is a Dallas-based journalist and covered the Dallas Cowboys for years, and had been one of the journalists who had originally predicted Vick’s days as a NFL player was over, then had to amend that by saying he is just a “Wildcat” QB when was signed by the Eagles. And now after Reid’s decision to start Vick, what will Mosely say now?
He and other ESPN reporters or analysts have underestimated Vick’s resolve to turn his life around and reclaim his position as a starter of a NFL team despite critics.
NFL reporter John Clayton was equally critical of Andy Reid’s move:
I am little surprised by John Clayton in his far-reaching editorial of Reid’s move, but Clayton hasn’t been as contemptuous in his reporting in regard to Vick, but did predict that his days as a NFL starter were over and had downplayed his on-field accomplishments such as his Pro Bowls, winning percentage as a starter and his appearance in a NFC Championship game.
Now Vick is able to lead a NFL team and Clayton continues to say it is a ‘bad move’.
Vick has made a career out of proving people wrong and some say he has the best coaching he has ever had in his football career. So people may see an even better Michael Vick moving forward.