Like most of Eagle Nation, I've been trying to think about how this whole Mike Vick signing affects this seasons pursuit of the Lombardi trophy. I've considered what got Mike Vick here: multi-million dollar-above the law-nobody can touch me type mentality. A series, not just one, of bad decisions, trying to deceive his boss, NFL comissionser and judge. Being caught and losing it all. Serving jail time. Being broken and humbled by that experience.
Mike Vick has the "Scarlet Letter" of inhumane dog torturer and murderer. Nothing he will do from now on can erase that fact. Many people will see the Eagles organization as guilty by association. Then that makes me think about the scandal of second chances (some things we forgive, some things we don't).
Which brings me to the title: Us against the world...the Eagles could really use that great football cliche "the whole world is against us" and be fairly more accurate than most elite franchises in the league. I'm sure there are guys in the league, even his own locker room, that would love to pound Vick for what he did. However, it seems that there are enough playere who know that being a multi-million dollar athlete can distort your judgement, and you get caught up in the "above the law" mentality.
I thought it would be interesting to see how the Eagles players talk throughout this season. Will the early protests wear on them, or will they rally them around their new teammate? Will "Vick-talk" frustrate and distract them, or could they use it to unify them?
I have no answers for this. But it will be interesting to see what happens on, and off, the field this year.