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Michael Vick never stopped working, Donovan McNabb says

The NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) have won two straight, thriving offensively under the direction of quarterback Michael Vick, who Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb strongly recommended that the Eagles sign after Vick was released from prison before the 2009 season.

McNabb - traded from Philadelphia to Washington on Easter - and Vick have been close since McNabb was a star college quarterback at Syracuse and he hosted Vick, on a recruiting trip to the school.

"Mike and I have been very good friends almost about 15 years now," McNabb said. "I'm just happy that he's had this opportunity.

"And he's really kind of flourished in it. He's understanding his role and understanding what they expect of him, and he's doing well."

Philadelphia, in large part, traded McNabb because Coach Andy Reid determined that Kevin Kolb was ready to become the Eagles' starter. Kolb suffered a concussion in Philadelphia's opener against Green Bay and the Eagles rallied behind Vick, a three-time Pro Bowler. Although they lost the game, Vick impressed Reid.

With Kolb sidelined for Week 2 because of lingering effects from the concussion, Vick played well again in a victory over Detroit. Reid initially said he would put Kolb back in as starter once he was healthy, but changed his mind and named Vick quarterback before the Eagles' Week 3 rout of Jacksonville.

In three games, Vick has a 110.2 passer rating. He has completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 750 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. In addition, Vick has rushed for 170 yards (he has a 7.4-yard average) with one touchdown.

"I'm just happy for Mike. I'm happy for Mike and Kevin," McNabb said. "It's an unfortunate situation, what happened with Kevin, getting hurt in his first start and then [Reid] deciding to go with Mike. But I'm happy for the both of 'em."

McNabb, Kolb and Vick were teammates last season with the Eagles, "and seeing him practice, and his work ethic" McNabb knew Vick would regain his pre-prison form, he said.

"When I come in to watch film on Monday, he'd say, 'Hey, I'm gonna sit down and watch it with you.' Or, 'What time are you working out?' And, 'What things do [you] think I should work on?' And, 'What are you seeing out there?' He was always asking questions and trying to learn more."

Vick never let up while working to reclaim his career, McNabb said.

"For a guy, who, obviously, had been through the situation that he was, you would think some guys would just kind of play the back burner and just be accepting of his role," McNabb said. "Here's a guy who wanted to be the best and wanted to get back to where he was in Atlanta and better. I was just excited about his attitude and his aggressiveness and his enthusiasm for trying to get back out on that field."

By Jason Reid  | September 29, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Should be fun on Sunday.

Posted by: Alan4 | September 29, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse


"Sure hope he ( Carl Crawford) doesn't become a traitor and go to Yankees"

The Angels really want him, but I sense Theo will jump in at the last minute and make him a Red Sox.

The Yanks won't win the series, but will replace J Girardi (is it W Randolph time in Yankeeland) and scoop up two starting pitchers.


(I mean, "Book It!!!)

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 29, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Not downplaying Vick's performances, but it was against the Lions and Jags. Plus mop up duty against the Packers. He should do really well this week, but going forward I see him struggling. Kolb will be starting by week 7.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 29, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

LETS SEE....Vick has played to against the:

Packers and LOST
Lions and won by 3 points where both team scored in the 30s
Jags who benched their QB only having to insert him back in when his replacement had a season ending injury on the 1st snap!

So, I highly doubt Vick will get a nother 100+ rating......And should have his 1st INT of the year...

Pencil it In!

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 29, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Vick has really been reformed - I hope he stays out of trouble for the future

Posted by: ElYeah | September 29, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins worked out three WRs - Reggie Brown, Demetrius Williams and Keenan Burton.

LaCanfora still rules as Skins Insider...

Posted by: bernard_thompson | September 29, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Pencil it In!

no'll erase it, and write something else in its place....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 29, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: 4thFloor | September 29, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I never stop working until I hear that splash in the toilet bowl.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 29, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

beware of the tax guy with a pencil....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 29, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Im more worried about Djax with our secondary and the rate weve given up big plays.

Posted by: Stu27 | September 29, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Vick is playing better than he ever has..His play against the Packers (serious threats in NFC, especially with Mathews playing) was stellar, and his play since against lesser opponents more of the same..He's reading defenses well and his passes are as accurate as they have ever been..Skins look too slow and hole-ridden as of now to handle him, until Haslett gets his head outta his a**...I hope I am honestly wrong, but I would say Eagles win Sunday, 27-13..We need the win BAD...

Posted by: frak | September 29, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"Mike and I have been very good friends almost about 15 years now," McNabb said. "I'm just happy that he's had this opportunity.

(3 Way I-95 phone call)

Vick giggling: I got yo' team, yo' city, and, mattah fact, yo' woman called me last night and asked me to get under her center and make a play.

Yo' son even went to school in my iggles' jersey #7!!!


McNabb: You going down like Old Yeller, Vick.

I'm gonna spay and neuter you and DeSean Jackson with the same blade.

You might have my city, but you ain't got its heart.

That I'm gonna carve up on the field.

A Reid: You're done, Donnie, and you don't get it.

You'll be up in Minnisota next Fall, watch!

Philly ain't got no heart like you ain't got no future in D.C..

McNabb: At least my future isn't squealin' like a fat pig with Jeffry Lurie pumping me from behind.

Andy, I'm gonna make you pay for sendin' me away.

And when I leave Sunday, the stink in the Linc will be on your sidelines.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 29, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I look for this to be a shootout game IF we have Trent Williams. If Turnstile Heyer is in there, it could get ugly quick.

If Trent's out, we're looking at a 42-12 humiliation.

If Trent's good to go, it could be a 35-33 type game, coin flip for who ends up with the W.

Heart says Skins, Head says Eagles.

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | September 29, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"The Redskins worked out three WRs - Reggie Brown, Demetrius Williams and Keenan Burton."

What Jack Snow, Jerry Rice, and Cliff Branch were busy?

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 29, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I must say I've never heard the phrase "pre-prison form" before.

McNabb is happy for Kolb that he got donked on the head and lost his job that he held for less than one week? haha...nice.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 29, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jm220 | September 29, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Childish name calling? Mua??? Sorry to take it up a notch, and maybe I shouldn't have lumped you together with Stupid27, it was just amazing how 2 people at the same time misread what I wrote. I'll tone it down a little, I'll just go back to calling people nerds....

Posted by: monk811 | September 29, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Oaky since you wanna keep chompin at this one. You said you want to get rid of AH for late round draft picks.Beacuse he is not seeing the field, which he is so your wrong.

You say that even with double teams on AH we still arent getting sacks, so shouldnt we get rid of the other players that aren't getting double teamed or getting sacked?
The you made a speculation that even if single teamed he would still not get penetration, then you harped about 5 times about what an idiot i am.

And you still havent said who else on our D there is to fear, besides osackpo its the dude you really want out of here. for a 5th rounder no less, cause we alwasy turn those into gems.

By your logic we need to trade a lot of our players.

Posted by: Stu27 | September 29, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Please, can I get a show of hands of all the people who said that Mike Vick was garbage...

I'll wait...

Posted by: RedDMV | September 29, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

red, I don't know that I ever said he was garbage, but what he was doing was pretty reprehensible....I mean, even you can admit that what he was doing was wrong..

Has he probably suffered more than he should have...sure...does he have only himself to blame...yup...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 29, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 29, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Beeps Peeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 29, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Don't know yet if he practiced, but trent williams still limping a little. #redskins
less than 10 seconds ago via mobile web

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 29, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Please, can I get a show of hands of all the people who said that Mike Vick was garbage...

I'll wait...

Posted by: RedDMV

Hand up.

I really thought he was going to be great during his 1st year or 2. But teams figured him out and he just didn't get it. Toss in the off the field behavior and yeah, I'll say it, I had him down for garbage.

Got to say, he's playing better than ever -- and he deserves credit for changing his attitude and his life.

One thing to note about vick, he's pretty short and he throws the ball low. His downfield vision isn't that great and there are throws he doesn't make well. Once teams figure this out, it will become harder for him to keep this pace up.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 29, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Please, can I get a show of hands of all the people who said that Mike Vick was garbage...


he IS garbage. But he's also turned around his football career for the time being. I for one hope he gets his legs broken in this upcoming game and never plays again. A reformed man my a__. He's an a hole of the highest degree and should still be in prison.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

it doesn't matter if it was against the LIONS OR JAGS, he threw the ball well against another professional team, and beat,spanked them, abused them like they were suppose to or perhaps how we were suppose to beat the RAMS?

Eagles defense is young, with lots of draft picks, they were thrown to the fire and will learn from growing pains, and will continue to be winners, because they don't make clumsy or boneheaded moves like the skins.

McNabb is a professional, but also a fan, he may not win any superbowls, eagles is his team and new Vick would be a great choice, knowing sooner or later he was gonna get traded. I'm out!


Posted by: slvtruco21 | September 29, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm willing to give the guy a second chance. I'm also willing to bet that he has learned his lesson and will walk the straight and narrow from now on. He also has an opportunity to give back in a big way to the community, by reaching out to kids at a high-risk for a life of crime, and tell them his story.

That will also help keep fresh the memory of his barbarically cruel treatment of innocent animals. He has to own that for the rest of his life, but it doesn't have to be the entire focus of his life.

Posted by: vicory | September 29, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: BMACattack | September 29, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

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