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Commentary: Michael Vick doesn’t belong in Philadelphia

Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer Modified: August 14, 2009 at 4:49 am •  Published: August 14, 2009

/> It seems inappropriate to discuss the football stuff, given the gut reaction brought on by the off-field aspects of this. But the Eagles are also creating a difficult situation on their roster and in their locker room. Bringing in a guy like Vick, who will draw lots of negative attention and who may well repulse some of his teammates, is a potential team-killing move.

Terrell Owens was a jerk, but he wasn’t as polarizing a figure as Vick.

Vick ran a version of the West Coast offense while he was in Atlanta, but he was not nearly as efficient a passer as Donovan McNabb. If he’s slated to be the No. 2 guy, then Kevin Kolb’s whole tenure here just became an absurd waste of resources and time.

Maybe Reid thinks Vick can be a kind of situational player. Get him the ball in a wildcat-type formation and see what happens. As long as McNabb is here to run the real offense, it would be an interesting idea.

But it’s an interesting idea Reid should have written on tissue paper and flushed away forever.

The downside here just isn’t worth the potential upside. It just isn’t.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service