"Anything you can do I can do better..."As good as Vick is, McNabb simply is a better version of the same player.
This post was originally going to be primarily a discussion on how Michael Vick makes the Eagles offense better, as well as my thoughts on beating Jacksonville. However, as I was weighing the advantages of keeping Michael Vick, I just could not keep this in my system for much longer.
The Eagles should have just kept their 6X Pro Bowler and franchise quarterback, Donovan McNabb.
What are the pros of having Michael Vick leading our offense? It is because he can escape pressure, throw well on the run, and his strong arm can take advantage of the speed we have at receiver correct?
I hate to break it to you guys, but Donovan McNabb did all of those things. And he did them all better.
I will say that what Vick has over McNabb for sure is his elusiveness and ability to escape pressure. While Donovan, even at 34 years old, still is very mobile, even in his prime he could never escape defenders the way Vick does.
Yet, as good as Vick's arm strength may be, McNabb throws as good a deep ball as anyone in the league. This is also without the fact that McNabb has more rapport with the Eagles receivers and therefore would be more effective in hitting them.
Super 5 will soon be facing us in a new uniform, and may prove to us all how big a mistake the Eagles front office made.
Also, people have been praising Vick for being a pass-first guy and running only when it was necessary. But hasn't Donovan McNabb been doing this for too long?
And McNabb is also clearly not washed up. He is already changing the whole culture of a once terrible Washington Redskins team and making them a playoff contender.
Don't get me wrong, I am as excited as anyone for Vick to lead our team through 2010. I know he gives us the best chance to win this season and his strengths are what this team needs. And perhaps the chemistry he has with the team, as well as his incredible athleticism, will help us take advantage of a weak NFC East and a weak NFC in general to keep us in contention for the Lombardi Trophy.
Andy Reid better hope that Vick does just that, because if Vick fails to lead us to the postseason (or worse, Donovan gets there and we don't), that trade on Easter could go down as one of the worst in National Football League history.
Even a coach with as much respect and prestige as Andy Reid could find himself updating his resume.