The signing of Michael Vick by the Philadelphia Eagles makes a lot more sense today, then it did a few weeks ago. Yesterday eagles starting QB Donovan McNabb fractured a rib yesterday in a game against the Carolina Panthers. While he likely won’t be able to play next week versus the New Orleans Saints, he shouldn’t be out for very long.
This is the kind of injury he should be bale to work around, and since Vick will be eligible to play week three versus the Washington Redskins he doesn’t need to rush back.
In fact after the Redskins game the Eagles will benefit from an early season bye week, giving McNabb a few weeks to heal. For the long term the Eagles should be fine, however in the short term things are a little tenser.
For the coming week the Eagles had just one active QB on their roster, Kevin Kolb, so today they signed Jeff Garcia who was recently cut by the Oakland Raiders. Garcia will be the insurance policy heading towards the Redskins game, and then for as long McNabb is out this will become the Michael Vick show.
Depending on how long McNabb is out, this could be disastrous for the Eagles. No one can reasonably expect Vick to come back to the NFL after more then two years and successfully lead this team to wins. Luckily for them the schedule is pretty soft until November when they face the New York Giants in Philly. After this week versus the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles face the Skins, Tampa Bay, Oakland, and a game at the Redskins. That is a pretty easy schedule and until McNabb is healthy they should be able to manage.