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The ‘Wright’ Stuff: Fallen star rises from ashes of tough situation

By Joel Wright
On September 28, 2010

He's back.

After four years of condemnation, Michael Vick has gained the redemption that many of us, maybe even including Vick weren't sure would come.

It's been almost four years since he was a starting quarterback in the NFL, and it's been a long four years.

If you're a hater, dog lover or Kevin Kolb enthusiast, you might as well stop reading.

It's obvious that he was in the wrong with the whole dog fighting situation, but that happened a long time ago. George Bush was president back then too, other bad things were happening in this country also.

Week one was probably the most season-changing week for the Philadelphia Eagles because of what happened in the second quarter of their loss to the Green Bay Packers. Kolb was tackled by Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, resulting in a concussion.

Green Bay was handling Philly at that point, but Vick came in and led a comeback that fell a little short. His subsequent start and excellent performance the next week against the Detroit Lions made life rough for head coach Andy Reid.

Reid named Vick the starter for week three after almost promising to the media that Kolb would start before week two had been played out.

I can already hear some shouting that he's not a passer, and he can't win the big one, he's not accurate… This list goes on and on, but things have changed if you watch how he plays.

The flash and sexy scrambling that made him a human highlight are still there, but now he stays in the pocket more often to make plays with his arm.

Whether it's old age or experience, Vick looks like a much better quarterback than he was in an Atlanta jersey.

So what, it doesn't change the fact that he's a bad person though, right? Wrong. He got in trouble for one thing, and he has shown remorse, whether you believe it's real or not.

This is an over-used comparison, but Ben Roethlisberger basically raped a woman (while sporting the perfect rapist mullet), and all he got was a slap on the wrist.

So, what does this all mean for Vick, Kolb and the Eagles? Your guess is as good as mine.

Hopefully Vick keeps playing up to his ability, and he will remain a starter. If he does not, then the revolving door opens back up to Kolb, and the controversy continues. Don't count on both these guys being there past this year, if that.

The Eagles have now found themselves in a situation that has the potential to get ugly fast. The locker room could divide over this, and have Andy Reid coaching a new team. It could be just as good as it could be bad, though, because they have a game-changer at the most important position. Only time will tell.

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