Would ESPN’s Pigskin Panel have a debate over whether Brett Favre should start over Tarvaris Jackson or Kerry Collins over Vince Young or even Bruce Gadkowski over Jason Campbell?
Not likely, I can’t recall the last time there has been so much hype over a quarterback change. Can you?
Jackson had a more distinguished record than Kevin Kolb as a NFL starter prior to Favre’s arrival in 2009 and had helped Minnesota get to the playoffs in 2008 with wins over Arizona and the New York Giants.
What about 2008’s change by the Titan’s Jeff Fisher to supplant Vince Young who had won Rookie of the Young and been to a Pro Bowl with Kerry Collins?
Why is this Vick QB change a big issue with ESPN moving forward?
Kevin Kolb, once-concussed is making 12 million dollars, but behind a terrible offensive line and sporadic defense, Reid had a change of heart and may have saved the Eagles season.
Michael Vick has brought out the best and worst in sportswriters and TV analysts.
It has been 48 hours since Andy Reid’s groundbreaking decision to start the three-time Pro Bowl QB over a former second-round draft choice who had started fewer than a half dozen games in his career.
In my previous column, ESPN vs. Vick, it had highlighted specifically Skip Bayless, Matt Mosely and John Clayton in regard to their opposition in Vick starting over Kevin Kolb.
Vick will be mobbed by reporters after wins and certainly after a loss, but his sentence response to ESPN reporters should be for every game this season: “I’m humbled and I just want to win games.”
ESPN’s collective contempt for Vick sort of reminds me a political metaphor.
ESPN resembles a red state that votes Republican, but there is a progressive streak within the state. Missouri comes to mind. It seems like that state is politically 50-50 and the main reason is that its largest population centers, Kansas City and St. Louis are blue or vote Democrat.
Vick brings out the dividing lines at ESPN and even though most are critical of Andy Reid’s decision and wish they could reverse it, a few provide a counterbalance to the collective contempt for Vick being a starter again in the NFL.
Jemele Hill sums up the counterpoint by saying “Vick hasn’t always been a good person and, sometimes, not a good player. But the classy way Vick sought his redemption has created this burgeoning opportunity with the Eagles.”