Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid wouldn’t say today if Michael Vick would play this Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs come to town. Vick, however, is ready to get back on the field.
He said in an interview on the team’s Web site that he’s 85 to 90 percent ready from a football standpoint.
“We’ll come up with something. It’s to be determined. I’m excited about that. I’m going to be ready. I’m going to be dressed out. Whenever my number is called, I want to go out and do what I can to the best of my abilities.”
Vick referred to himself as the “wildcat originator,’’ a scheme that seems to be losing steam quickly as defenses catch on to the gadgetry.
“You can’t just be one-dimensional in the wildcat. You have to create that balance so the opposition does not know exactly what you’re going to do. It’s going to be critical. It has to be 50-50, 60-40, 70-30. You have to mix it up. That’s been key.”
But he freely admitted that the offense the Falcons were in with Vick in ’06 wasn’t the same by the end of the season.
“I thought it was the best thing smokin’, and it really helped our football team reach a certain plateau. Down the stretch, it kind of wore itself out and wasn’t as productive as it was the first half of the season. It can be a part of your offense, but not a major part of your offense. I think you’ve just got to throw it in every now and then, but this league is too complex and too fast, and coaches are too smart, to line up and run it all the time.’’
I am fascinated to see how the Chiefs respond to what will likely be a heavy dose of the wildcat on Sunday. Reid is smart to play it close to the vest, but I think it’s clear they will use Vick and use him as much as his body will allow until McNabb is healthy enough to hit the field again.
The Kansas City defense has made a lot of progress from the beginning of training camp and they will be put to the test against Vick. Week 1 both the linebackers and defensive linemen couldn’t quite close the gap on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco. If the Chiefs are going to have a chance Sunday, they are going to have to take that next step as a defense and contain Vick.