Preamble:

Naturally this is going to stir the pot – and, there will surely be the taking of sides.

Me? I already picked my side. And, it’s that of Michael Vick. Say what you will of me and my own story. But, I know more about Vick – and, where he comes from than most of you.

You can expect me to discuss my own history with, and thoughts around Michael Vick, in future posts. And, you know I will find some way to manage a mention of Rowdy. But, what follows, in the now, is where I want to go with this post today:

Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg (who, in my far from humble opinion, is a proven  game-of-football genius – and, it helps that he has proven this season over season) doesn’t expect the insertion of Michael Vick into the Eagles offense, this season, to disrupt its rhythm.

Note that I say “this season”.

“Not at all,” says Mornhinweg. “We’ll straighten that out. We’ll take care of that. Michael is going to help this offense. I’m confident of that.”

That’s right bucko.

Vick was in just six plays Thursday night in the preseason win against Jacksonville. But, of grave importance here, his earlier support of Vick aside, Quarterback Donovan McNabb told Mornhinweg and head coach Andy Reid that Vick’s coming on-and-off of the offense interfered with the flow of the game.

…Nonetheless…

“It’s not going to be a disruption,” Mornhinweg said. “Believe me, it won’t be. It’s not an issue.”

Yes.  It will be. This is a Quarterback controversy with brilliant Shakesperean overtones. Shakespeare saw that the prolongation of innocence – of “infancy” as the biologists say – is the key to mature strength (For my part, I believe that we are nearer the beginning than the end of our understanding of Shakespeare’s genius), and, Philadelphia, city with a history of not living up to it’s claim to brotherly love,  is naught less than the perfect setting for this drama.

“In what do love and friendship consist if not in a perpetual acceptance of the angels and rejection of the devils that we discover in everyone with whom we are brought into intimate contact?” – William Shakespeare

Michael Vick will likely play tonight when the Eagles travel to compete against the Jets in the final preseason game.

McNabb is not expected to play in the game.

And, if the Shakespearean spin on the ball plays-out, Vick will be “unmasked” /1 as the future of the Eagles, and we have ourselves a barn-burner of a season.

Andy Reid and the Eagles front office snapped Vick up as fast as they could get a wink (see update below) from Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the National Football League, and have worked extra hard to find ways to integrate him into their, already lethal, offense. Observe as they now find more ways to build it around him to suit his style of highly mobile play. McNabb is a warrior – in every sense of the word. A true friend as well. But, his days as a starting Quarterback in Philadelphia are numbered.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

UPDATE 5:15pm EST : This just in...

NFL says Vick eligible to play in 3rd week (not 6th week)

1/ What is the face but a mask to conceal the man behind it? What is social position, what are offices, titles, dignities, degrees, but mantles in which men wrap themselves to hide, from themselves even more than from others, the banality of their lives? What is a human life but a role that a man enacts, as different from his hidden self as the role of an actor is from his part in ordinary life? What are words but means of disguising thought? What is life itself but a play for which most of the players are miscast, a masquerade at which only a few of the rarest and most heroic, or the most brutal and cynical, ever unmask?

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