• In terms of his desire to join a stable and well-structured organization from which to re-launch his NFL career,
But at some point, once we're past all the theory behind the move, it's going to come down to the reality that Vick wants to eventually re-launch his starting quarterback career, and that's where things are likely to get messy in Philadelphia.
Listening to Reid's post-game news conference last night, he understandably didn't care to -- or wasn't prepared to -- go into the specifics of how Vick will fit into the offensive picture in Philly. "We'll figure out some way to use him'' was the gist of what Reid said, and what quarterback
Okay, there's time enough for that, and Reid really doesn't know what he has in Vick just yet. But if Vick is now an option at quarterback in Philadelphia -- as opposed to say just an option (or running) quarterback -- then he's going to be a tempting option each and every time McNabb struggles. Maybe that's exactly the point for Reid, but I promise you it won't be all hiccups and giggles in Philly the first time McNabb sits due to ineffectiveness and Vick takes over the offense.
Is everyone forgetting the "end of an era'' headlines and hand-ringing that accompanied Reid yanking a struggling McNabb from that game in Baltimore last November? Having Vick, rather than the untested
Few NFL head coaches are better equipped temperamentally to plow through distractions and screen out the non-stop chatter of fans and the media than the stoic Reid. He has proven that he'll do what he thinks is best for his football team, when he believes it's time to do it. But McNabb is somewhat of a different story. He can get sensitive at times, and let things get to him when he feels slighted or disrespected.
As much as I'm willing to admit he might prove us wrong, and enjoy doing it, I'm having a hard time seeing how McNabb will be better off for having Vick on the Eagles. And by extension, will the Eagles necessarily be better off if McNabb isn't in his happy place as the face of the franchise? There's at least some potential for the kind of trouble that inspired the belief that when a team says it has two good quarterback options, sometimes it winds up not having one. As we all know, a lack of definition at the game's most crucial position can at times be fatal to a team's chances.
For now, how things work out in the end game is an unknowable in Philadelphia. In the short term, Vick and the Eagles deserve a honeymoon period, and it has already begun. But the prospects of a long-term marriage that has both McNabb and Vick successfully co-existing with the Eagles seems overly optimistic. At quarterback in the NFL, there can only be one No. 1.
• It's never too early to push the panic button in Washington, and I promise you somebody's mashing it as we speak in light of that debacle of a Redskins preseason opening 23-0 loss at Baltimore Thursday night. Not only did Washington's defense give up 500 yards of offense to the Ravens, with 399 of them coming in the passing game, the Redskins offense was just as ineffective.
Washington failed to reach the 50 on nine of its 12 possessions, and went 1 of 11 on third downs, with just 196 yards of total offense. That showing is going to do nothing to relieve the pressure on Redskins starting quarterback
• I'd say new Ravens defensive coordinator
• You don't want to assign too much meaning to Oakland's 31-10 thrashing of the visiting Cowboys, but it held more significance for the downtrodden Raiders than it did Dallas. Oakland got a brief but solid performance out of starting quarterback
Another highlight for Oakland was the 45-yard run ripped off by second-year running back
• Watching the Patriots-Eagles highlights roll in last night, I couldn't quite place where I had heard about New England rookie
As it turns out, Edelman didn't go undrafted. The Patriots themselves picked him in the seventh round, and now he's playing alongside Welker. And from the looks of it against the Eagles, the rookie's even doing a pretty fair imitation of his more accomplished teammate. He has Welker-like 4.46 speed, and that same great short-burst quickness.
If you've forgotten, Palko, who is now Arizona's fourth-string quarterback, is the guy who beat out Flacco for the starting job at Pitt, prompting Flacco to transfer to Delaware.
• Though it was big news earlier in the day, by the time Thursday night was done, I kept thinking that
• The day before I visited Titans camp this week, Tennessee had quarterback
"We've done it before with him, and it's part of our package,'' Fisher. "He's good at it. He's got a good feel for it, a good sense for it. Especially when he's riding
Is Young in the option this year's version of the Wildcat formation novelty offense? Wouldn't that be fun?
• Speaking of White, who looks so much better now that he has shed 30 pounds in Tennessee and is capable of making a corner again, somebody made an excellent point to me this week: What if White winds up having the better NFL career than his ex-USC backfield mate,
• For what it's worth, of the training camps I visited that have ongoing quarterback competitions, here are my early reads on who will open the season at starter: Minnesota,
• How bad were the Redskins Thursday night? They couldn't even get the name of one of their own players right. If you saw the highlights, you know what I mean.