A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
The Identity of A Black QB: Michael Vick
The catch is that he is a black quarterback in the NFL which means that all he does is run right because, that’s what black quarterbacks are labeled as now a days is just a scrambler. Well he scrambled into Philadelphia one of the biggest sports cities in America where they already ran another black quarterback in Donavan McNabb out of the city even when he brought them to the Superbowl. So Vick has a lot of shoes to fill and this season being labeled as the “Dream Team” it hasn’t been too dreamy for the (1-3) Eagles. Vick has been getting beat up in every game that they have played in this year with the O-Line not as strong as they had hoped they would be.
Michael Vick has been the type of player that if he has to save his team he will use his legs to run for a first in the previous years but, Andy Reid and the Eagles are trying to turn this scrambling Vick into a pocket passer like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. So which leads me to think that maybe this system will work right! Well wrong because, Vick has been getting hurt doing what the Eagles system has wanted him to do which is throwing in the pocket. I think it is time to go back to the old Vick who would take over a whole game with his legs and I say this only because, the NFL is cracking down on defenseless receivers and runners. If Vick gets into that open space in the secondary and gets hit it won’t be as bad as it would of been a couple years like when Ray Lewis demolished Ahmard Hall. Vick has proven that he can win a game on his legs, but he has to prove to the world that he can win with his arm too.
A lot of teams passed up on Vick because, of his view in the public eye after the incident but they also didn’t try to get him because of his playing style and him being a scrambler.
It’s a good thing and a bad thing that they label blacks as great runners but most of these black quarterbacks that are playing in the NFL now had actually played a different position making them more athletic then the average non-black quarterback.
Vick lives the tale of the struggling black quarterback to me because, when your hot everyone loves you and embracing you after good games but, as soon as those wins turn to loses then that black curtain starts to close up when Vick threw too many interceptions or he ran more then he threw the ball. His team is struggling now while he has been playing in the pocket I believe they should get him some extra pads and tell him to be Vick from last year that got them in the playoffs because, this year he is throwing the ball a lot better and more wiser then he did last year so use a little of both.