Musician Josh Ritter produced a song entitled “Change of Time,” which aired on an NFL commercial in 2010. The song isn’t quite as popular to the present. That same year, Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick was the most popular quarterback amongst those in the league. Three years later, just as “Change of Time,” could there be a change of quarterback within the next few weeks?
Flashback to the summer of 2009 when Philadelphia took the world of sports by storm.
For a team that just released their heart and soul of its defense in safety Brian Dawkins, they needed a leader. However, that defensive-minded approach to ever Sunday changed when Vick was released from jail. The news broke of his one-year signing in the middle of a preseason matchup that year against the New England Patriots. Although, Vick was not dressed, the following preseason game was nationally televised. The media circus that was about take place was astronomical, and comparable to Tim Tebow’s. Vick’s contract did not make sense. They already had Donovan McNabb, who just led the Birds to their fifth NFC Championship game. And, they drafted the future in Kevin Kolb. Why another quarterback? The finale of 2009 was proof that Vick was the quarterback of the future after throwing the only touchdown in the NFC Wildcard game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Post 2010, Vick broke numerous team records, and led “Gang Green” in one of the most memorable seasons in recent history. Despite having an early playoff exit, Eagles fans knew they needed to ink Vick in their organization long-term (READ HERE).
After two disappointing seasons from Vick, and after the departure of former head coach Andy Reid, his job is in jeopardy. He does have the natural ability to overcome the five-way quarterback challenge, but it is up to him to adapt quickly. The future is now.