Michael Vick is finally a starting quarterback again. Vick will start for the Philadelphia Eagles in their final NFL preseason game on Thursday, and will get the chance to show what he can still do on the football field. It is the first time since his return to the NFL that Vick has started, and really the first time since December of 2006 that he has started as quarterback. It will now be his chance to prove that he still has the talent and field sense to start for an NFL franchise, and, even though it is still just an NFL preseason game, many eyes will be on Vick Thursday night.
The final preseason game of the season for the Eagles is against the New York Jets, and that will be played Thursday, Sept. 2, at Lincoln Financial Field. The Jets will most likely be resting most of their defensive starters, and the Eagles will probably be resting all of their starting offensive line. This will be a night where back-ups get to share the spotlight on both sides of the football, and that could give Vick a slight advantage when it comes to talent. Does Vick still have the talent necessary to lead a football team? Or is he just going to be relegated to specific plays for the rest of his career?
According to ESPN, Eagles head coach Andy Reid has stated that Vick will play the full first half, and that the second half will be played by rookie quarterback Mike Kafka. Normal starting quarterback Kevin Kolb will be on the sidelines, and he is still slated to be the starting quarterback for the Eagles when the 2010 regular season begins. So far in the 2010 preseason, Vick has only 133 passing yards and three interceptions. He has a horrid quarterback rating of just 33.7 and no touchdowns, basically eliminating any discussion about whether the Eagles should go with Vick or Kolb when the season starts.
The Eagles aren’t going to start out the season with a very easy task, as they will open against the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers could be quite excited about pumping up his stats in week one of the NFL season, while the Eagles are just trying to move to their first chapter after trading away Donovan McNabb. With Vick struggling and Kolb not appearing to be ready to lead an NFL franchise, the Eagles could be heading toward a very disappointing season for their fans. That makes the Thursday night game even more exciting for Vick and the Eagles, because that energy could go away very soon.