Archive for Monday, September 28, 2009

Vick back; Eagles win

Troubled QB returns to NFL in victory

Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick (7) passes under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Corey Mays (51), defensive end Tamba Hali (91) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in the first quarter. Vick and the Eagles routed the Chiefs, 34-14, Sunday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick (7) passes under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Corey Mays (51), defensive end Tamba Hali (91) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in the first quarter. Vick and the Eagles routed the Chiefs, 34-14, Sunday in Philadelphia.

September 28, 2009


— Michael Vick was a super decoy.

Getting significant contributions from their youngsters and backups, the Philadelphia Eagles routed the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-14, in Vick’s return to the NFL on Sunday.

The Eagles didn’t need much from Vick, and they got nothing from Donovan McNabb or Brian Westbrook, who both sat out because of injuries.

Kevin Kolb threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns, LeSean McCoy had 84 yards rushing and one TD, and DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek each had 100-plus yards receiving and one score for Philadelphia (2-1).

Kolb became the first quarterback to throw for 300 yards in his first two career starts. While he did most of the work, Vick got all the attention.

Playing his first regular-season game since Dec. 31, 2006 — 1,001 days ago — Vick ran once for seven yards and threw two incomplete passes.

“It’s a different role, but it is what it is,” Vick said. “It was a small look. We have so much in store for the future.”

Vick will have more chances to display the skills that earned him the Superman nickname back when he was a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons. For now, he’s content doing whatever it takes to help the Eagles win.

“It’s a different scenario. It’s hard. I haven’t been in this before,” he said. “I tell myself to stay loose and be ready for whenever they call my number and play within the framework of the offense.”

McNabb missed his second straight game with a broken rib. Westbrook sat out with a sore ankle. It was no problem against the Chiefs (0-3). Kolb, a third-year pro, and McCoy, a rookie second-round pick, filled in nicely.

“We recognized that Donovan and Westbrook were out,” Kolb said. “It was an opportunity for us to prove why they drafted us. We focused on dominating them.”

Vick, who served 18 months in prison on a federal dogfighting charge, didn’t have to wait long to get on the field. He entered to a semi-standing ovation for the second play from scrimmage, was split wide as receiver and came around for a fake reverse.

Overall, Vick got in for 11 plays. He lined up at receiver once, took the snap in shotgun formation nine times and was directly under center once. Kolb was on the sideline for the 10 plays Vick was in at QB.

Vick was expected to run Philadelphia’s version of the wildcat offense, but McCoy took most of those snaps.

With Vick on the field, the Eagles gained a net total of 30 yards. They got 390 without him. Or McNabb. Or Westbrook.

“We wanted to gradually get him in and get him back to game speed and knock some rust off,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said of Vick.

Matt Cassel threw for 90 yards and two TDs for Kansas City. The Chiefs remained winless under new coach Todd Haley.

“We have the talent to compete with anyone,” Cassel said. “We just have to eliminate the bad football and the penalties.”

Jackson finished with a career-high 149 yards receiving, including a 64-yard TD. Celek had 104 yards on eight catches.

The normally pass-happy Eagles were more balanced during their first two scoring drives. After Kolb connected with Jason Avant for a 10-yard gain on third-and-6, three straight running plays moved the ball to the Chiefs 5.

Then Vick, who had a seven-yard run on his second snap, fired a pass out of bounds under heavy pressure and took a hard hit. McCoy took the next snap in the wildcat and ran in for his first career TD to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.


danemary 8 years, 8 months ago

Tella Tubbies (Chiefs) show what the're made of. THE FISH STINKS FROM THE HEAD DOWN.

guitar7 8 years, 8 months ago

I'm sorry, I don't care if he's "served his time". If it were you or me, we'd still be rotting in a cell somewhere. Vick should've had a much stiffer sentencing and he NEVER should be allowed to play pro ball, again. Thanks a lot, Eagles, I can't stand you now. Vick should just work a regular old back-breaking job like the rest of us. He had his chance and blew it. Do those dogs get a second chance, especially the dead ones? I'd love to see Vick working at his local Humane Society as a chew toy in the big dog section.

jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

"If it were you or me, we'd still be rotting in a cell somewhere."

Why is it that this gets kicked around all the time, and is never backed up?

Michael Vick sucks, but do you have any statistical info on how long the "you and me" standard sentence is for a dog-fighting conviction?

salad 8 years, 8 months ago

So, what you're saying is, "To heck with our justice system, he should suffer for ETERNITY!!!!!" OK, capt'n old testament, where does that end??? He served his debt to society; the way our country works (Bush/Cheney not withstanding) is that you get to move on with your life. I believe that the NFL has the right to make its own rules and hire whoever the teams want, regardless of protesters. (one of those "our country works that way" things again)

jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

And because I got curious, I did a little digging. Turns out the maximum sentence is up to 60 months, but with a standard sentence of somewhere between 12-18 months, plus assorted extra fines up to $250,000. Vick seems to have made some sort of deal with the prosecutors, paying almost a million dollars, ostensibly for care of the dogs he tortured. The prosecutors asked for the standard sentence, which the judge then disregarded, for undisclosed reasons, sentencing him to 23 months. He served from November of 2007 to July of 2009, or about 20 months, the mandatory 85% completion for the sentence.

It seems like it's easier to claim preferential treatment when you haven't established the standard in the first place.

Orwell 8 years, 8 months ago

Is it true Vick sacrificed another dog to celebrate the win?

Not that there's much reason to watch a Chiefs game in the first place, but I still change the channel whenever the Eagles come on.

emptymind 8 years, 8 months ago

All this talk , but has anyone remembered Pete Rose? He never hurt a dog, just bet on ball games. Seems to be a double standard in pro sports. Vick gets to play again, Rose should be allowed back into baseball and the HOF.

jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

Well, it's hard to make a double-standard stick between two separate sports with separate government, but I do agree with you, Rose's blackbar is ridiculous.

labmonkey 8 years, 8 months ago

If you keep Rose out, then you should take Ty Cobb out of Cooperstown.

I cannot stand Michael Vick because of his attitude since entering the league (I remember on MNF they had a little thing where he went "how do you keep two girlfriends....two different cell phones"), and I don't think he appriciates the second chance he is getting. But come on people, you have a guy who plays for the Rams who killed someone while driving with a .19 blood alcohol level, served 90 days in jail, and was still caught drinking and driving later on. You have one of the most popular players in the NFL (Ray Lewis) who more than likely stabbed someone to death, but his buddies changed their testamony at the trial.

Vick actually served his time and deserves to get on with his life. And for those of you who are still angry, take solice in the fact that Vick isn't too bright and it is only a matter of time before he screws up again.

flicker 8 years, 8 months ago

I love it J-O (Mr. Independent), citing Wikipedia....nice. You and your "backing up with the facts". Atta boy.

salad 8 years, 8 months ago

"And for those of you who are still angry, take solice in the fact that Vick isn't too bright and it is only a matter of time before he screws up again."


jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm. . . . the unusual salutation, the useless and snidely-intended perjorative, the shift from an air of reason to spite and vindictiveness without justification, not answering questions, spinning the subject matter when on weak footing, attacking the source rather than the facts or the analysis. . . this is indeed adding up to a rather familiar stench, gr. . . whoops, sorry, finger slipped. . . . flicker. Decreasing margin of error aside, familiar enough for me to maintain a promise to my wife and cut off contact. I'd suggest, if you prefer to be incognito for a while longer, that you do the same.

The possibility of that decreasing margin of error leading to a false malignment. . . admittedly existent but also irrelevant. Frankly, you're not that pleasant or stimulating to talk to.

Good bye.

newmedia 8 years, 8 months ago

Obviously it is going to take more than 3 games to turn things around. I'm sure no one returned their pay checks this morning. Hang in there boys, a handfull of you will still be Chiefs next year...

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