Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb could star in same backfield
Detroit News wire services
Philadelphia -- Here's a scenario that must have defensive coordinators scrambling to their chalkboards: Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick on the field together.
Though Vick has spent his three practice days with the Philadelphia Eagles playing quarterback, it's more likely he'll see most of his action in a nontraditional offense. With his speed and powerful arm, Vick is an ideal candidate to run a variation of the Wildcat formation.
Eagles coach Andy Reid isn't revealing any secrets, but McNabb said Monday he wouldn't mind if Vick took some of his snaps.
"I wouldn't have a problem with it if it's helping us win," McNabb said.
If Vick lines up behind center, McNabb won't necessarily be watching from the sideline.
"I'll be a receiver. I might be a tight end. I might be a running back," he said with a smile. "You never know where I'll be."
It's uncertain whether the Eagles would risk putting McNabb at an unfamiliar position and expose him to the defense. But it's clear Vick was brought in to add a different dimension to the offense, not to push McNabb for a starting job.
Vick took nine snaps in team drills during a nearly two-hour session Monday afternoon. He completed 3 of 6 passes and handed off three times.
I had forgotten that Vick walked into a team with an established, superstar QB! So hearing about this development will probably really get some of the fans talking! I mean, Vick has a suspension to serve anyway, so I am sure people are not worried about him taking McNabb's job, but hey, its great to have that kind of backup! QB's are some pretty fragile guys, and having 2 superstars will definitely bring in some ticket revenue as well as buy the Eagles some insurance in case of injury! Now adding in the chance to seem them both runnin plays TOGETHER! You are talking about some unprecedented excitement out on the football field! That's how you make the money!