The moment that many Eagles fans and Michael Vick himself have waited for is finally here.
Michael Vick has served his time in jail and settled his suspension with the National Football League. He has not played in a regular season game since December of 2006, but that will change on Sunday when the Eagles take on the Kansas City Chiefs. But just how much will Eagles fans get to see of No. 7?
In my opinion, don’t get your hopes up. He will definitely be involved in several plays, but I can’t see Vick getting the ball more than 7-10 times on Sunday. Most of the time he will be on the field this season will be as a decoy to give defenses another thing to think about. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg claims that he is in prime physical condition and they will use him, but he could also be playing mind games off the field with the Chiefs.
Further, I think you will see Vick throw two or three passes on Sunday. Even though McNabb is out with his rib injury, I still don’t think the Eagles should have too much of a problem with the Chiefs. They just lost to the Raiders last weekend, so any Eagles fan would hope the ‘Birds are in a prime position to go 2-1. Althought let’s not forget the Eagles did tie the Bengals last season when they were supposed to blow them out. If the Eagles do end up dominating the game, then I expect Vick to see more action running and passing.
My biggest fear is that all of the built up emotion and excitement will get to Vick’s head. We saw him unsuccessfully attempt to run around the Jets in the preseason game, claiming in the post game interview that his excitement got the best of him. It is hard to believe that Vick will run the wildcat perfectly despite originally creating the offensive scheme. He can practice all he wants, but game experience is something he lacks at the moment. Yes he did play in the NFL for six seasons before his suspension, but you don’t just turn on a switch and run everything to perfection after two years of not playing. He tried that in the preseason and got stuffed by opposing defenses.
So somewhere around ten plays with a few of the wildcat plays involving his arm. Let’s see how the debut of the infamous Michael Vick turns out on Sunday at 1 pm eastern time. In the words of T.O., “Get your popcorn ready.”