Michael Vick Should Not Sit Out Of The Eagles Game Against The Giants On Sunday Night!
As I said earlier this week, the Philadelphia Eagles are done this season. Finished. So far out of the playoff picture that we couldn’t sneak them into it with Photoshop. Sorry, Philly. But you guys have absolutely no chance of doing anything in the postseason this year and you really might as well just start looking forward to next year.
That being said, common sense says that Michael Vick—who broke two of his ribs in the Eagles game against the Arizona Cardinals last weekend—should take a week off and get healthy before trying to come back and play again. No sense in risking further injury by playing against the New York Giants, right? The G-Men are relentless on defense and will no doubt get a number of shots in on MV7 if he plays. So, just go have a seat, Mike. There’s always next week and…
Oh, who am I kidding? Michael Vick needs to be in the lineup tonight. It sounds like he won’t be, but he should be. Why? Well, I’ve got a few reasons up my sleeve. And they’ve got nothing to do with the fact that I’m a diehard Giants fan, either.
1. Tony Romo would have to do it.
If Vick’s last name were Romo, he would be forced to prove himself by going out and playing through the pain against the Giants. So, why isn’t Vick being held to that same standard? Romo already proved earlier this year that you can take a shot and then go out on the field and take shots without risking further injury. So, Vick should follow suit and do that, too. This is football, son! Prove you can play through injuries.
2. Vick needs to prove that he can run the offense without always relying on his legs.
This has been the knock against Vick for years now. He can scramble all over the place and make big plays. But, can he win in games where he needs to drop back and control the ball without running with it? Even if the Eagles are out of playoff contention, the Eagles fans want to be able to count on Vick to do this next year and the year after that and, well, every year until his $100 million contract runs out. This injury gives him the opportunity to show them he can do, because he’ll be forced to limit his runs.
3. He needs to give Eagles fans something to hang their hat on this season.
Outside of wins against the St. Louis Rams, the Washington Redskins, and the Dallas Cowboys, Eagles fans have had to endure their fair share of beatdowns this year. If the team isn’t going to make the playoffs, the least they can do is beat their bitter rivals, the Giants. And they’re probably not going to do that if Vick isn’t under center.
4. He needs to go down fighting with this team…
As we’ve said about ten times so far in this post, the Eagles are DOA right now as a team. Part of that is because of Vick. So it’s not fair for him to abandom his teammates right now if he can really play. If head coach Andy Reid makes the decision to pull him form the lineup for the game, that’s fine. Otherwise, Vick needs to show his teammates that he’s not going to let this season go without a fight. And there’s no better way to do that than to play with an injury.
5. Fantasy owners everywhere are counting on him.
Ha! We’re kidding, of course. But, the Philly fans are already starting to turn on Vick right now. Does he really need fans of other teams to hate him, too, simply because he’s been a fantasy football bust this season? Probably not.
Bottom line, Michael Vick has a lot that he can prove to his teammates, his fans, and NFL followers as a whole. He’s playing for a 3-6 team right now, so it might not seem like he has much to play for at the current moment. But he still needs to be out there tonight. You up for the challenge, Mike?