Found November 01, 2012 on Fox Sports:
There was a time not too long ago when having Mike Vick, Tony Romo or Mark Sanchez as your quarterback was considered living well in the NFL. Now it is like the sports version of marry, boff, kill. If you had to choose one to build your franchise around, one to win a single game and death is not an option (neither is abstaining) whom do you go with? Be careful with quick answers. Anybody saying Vick should know he is the bridge Philadelphia coach Andy Reid's career is likely to die on -- slowly and painfully if his staying with him for another week is any indication. As for Romo, what if that one game is the one where he throws five interceptions? And Sanchez, well, he seems to have retained his starting job simply because the New York Jets really do view Tim Tebow as a cool party trick and not a legitimate starter. Which is why I find it funny that NFL players voted Tebow the most overrated player in the league in a Sports Illustrated poll. He is not even the most overrated quarterback on his team. That distinction belongs to the guy formerly known as The Sanchise. How do you even rate Tebow, football-wise? He played and won in Denver despite everybody in that organization wishing and, at times, scheming for him to fail. He has barely been used in New York, which says more about the Jets than Tebow. Their season is cratering. Their quarterback is flailing, and they refuse even to consider his backup, which strongly hints what most of us understood all along -- that they acquired him for non-football reasons. And how stupid does that look right about now? And this is why the whole overrated thing is overrated. Is Tebow really more overrated than Vick? Or Romo? Or Sanchez? He is a backup quarterback who happens to get talked a lot about on "First Take," not because he courts this but rather because he brings ratings. People are interested in him. This does not make him overrated. The problem is we have confused the word. One is not overrated because ESPN follows your every move. One is overrated if you have been projected to be one type of player and you are not that guy. This is the problem with Sanchez, Vick and Romo. Everybody is still dealing with what they could be "if only." If only Romo did not have to do so much. If only Reid properly utilized Vick. If only Sanchez had better talent around him. OK, and if I were 5-10 and 120 pounds, I'd be in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. I am not. We need to deal with these players for what they are and what they have done, which is a big bag of not a lot lately. This is the kind of play that gets you benched -- except in New York, Philly and Dallas, the wagons are circling. All have been declared the starters and, in Dallas, the very idea of this as a legit question is denied by the Cowboys. This is what happens when you fall in love with your guy, your plan, your way. No amount of information -- in the form of losses and turnovers and mediocre season after mediocre season -- dissuades them. I really do not know if Reid is this stubborn, or if he does not recognize that Vick has become his kryptonite. What I know for sure is, in Dallas they are not willing to even entertain the idea that Romo is not the guy. I am not saying he is not. I like him and really like his talent, too. But there does come a point that you are what you are, you are what your record says you are, you are the mistakes that you continue to make. The same goes for Sanchez. It can't always be the line, the receivers, the coach, the game plan. It really is sometimes just about the quarterback. And if the question is marry, boff, kill in the sports sense with Vick, Romo and Sanchez, I am not so sure there is a good choice to marry your franchise to any of them long term, not right now, not based on what we have seen, not on the information we have at the time. And that makes them absolutely more overrated than Tebow.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Philadelphia Eagles: Vick to keep starting job

“Michael Vick was our quarterback, is our quarterback, and will be our quarterback.” Those were the words of Eagles coach Andy Reid Thursday as he addressed the media for the first time this week. Vick, who has been severely criticized over the past few weeks, called a player-only meeting at the Nova-Care complex today. It is unknown what was said in this meeting, but I’m...

Michael Vick Remains Eagles Starting Quarterback

Michael Vick remains the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles for the time being, reports Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Therehave been rumblings that following the Eagles’ poor showing Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons the team could replace Vick with rookie quarterback Nick Foles. On depth chart released to reporters, Vick is still starting QB, Watkins...

Film Breakdown: Protecting Romo vs. Giants

This morning, for our weekly look inside the Xs and Os of what transpired in the Cowboys game, we use the coaching film to examine the Giants pass rush versus the Cowboys pass protection. There is a narrative right now that is out there are we look for reasons why Tony Romo is performing so poorly in 2012 that attributes most of it to the fact that he has no time to throw or that...

Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints: Three Bold Predictions

Monday Night Football 1. Michael Vick Steals The Show (300+ Yards Passing & 4 Total TD’s)Having not turned the ball over for only the second time in a game in the 2012 season, Michael Vick showed some signs of promise in Week 8 vs Atlanta.Vick threw for 191 yards and a TD, modest but certainly not pathetic. He gave the Eagles a chance to win, but the Eagles’ porous defense...

Donovan McNabb defends Michael Vick: Maybe the offensive line should be benched

If there is anyone who can relate to the struggles Michael Vick is going through and the pressure he is under while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s Donovan McNabb. The Philadelphia media had its way with McNabb for years and there were times when the fans were worse. During an appearance on “NFL AM”  Tuesday morning, McNabb defended Vick in the wake of reports that...

Andy Reid confirms the Eagles are sticking with Michael Vick

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Eagles head coach Andy Reid has announced that he’s sticking with quarterback Michael Vick. The good news for Vick is that he’ll be going up against the Saints defense this week, which is one of the worst in the NFL. On the other hand, the bad news is that the Eagles’ defense has to try to stop Drew Brees.   var _CI = _CI ||...

McNabb supports Vick as Eagles quarterback

Donovan McNabb is familiar with what Michael Vick is going though. Having played as the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles for eleven seasons McNabb is familiar with some booing in his direction. The expectations of fans and ownership have not been met with successs on the field this year. The Eagles are currently 3-4 on the season and lost for the first time after a bye in the...

Jets players or the coaching: What’s more alarming?

The good news for the New York Jets is that they cannot embarrass themselves on the field this week. Bye weeks generally guarantee that. The bad news is, well, everything else surrounding this team. The Offense -The offense can’t move the ball and can’t get in the end zone. It’s one of those nightmares that for some reason, you can’t wake up from. It has come to the point...

McNabb tells Michael Vick to tune out Philadelphia media

Michael Vick received some encouraging words from ex-Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. (Credit: AP Photo) With Michael Vick facing a lot of uncertainty regarding his job status as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, another former Eagles quarterback chimed in with some words of encouragement. The message: focus on your game, not the media, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael...

Saints Nation: Fan Predictions for Eagles Game!

A big congrats to JamesMorse for winning this week by picking correctly on the winner (Broncos, which makes me sick), and three of the four categories correctly. JamesMorse now joins AllisonSmith atop the leaderboard with one victory for the season. Nice work James, you're the Saints Nation Guru this week. This week the Saints take on the Eagles on Monday Night. Here'...

Donovan McNabb Defends Michael Vick, Thinks Other Players' Jobs Should Be on the Line

Donovan McNabb knows a thing or two about playing through a quarterback controversy, so he understands that rampant speculation about Michael Vick potentially getting benched could impact the Eagles quarterback. "You have to focus on your job and if you focus on your job you block everything out," McNabb said on Tuesday's NFL AM. "I think you...

WFNY Podcast – 2012-11-01 – Meeting the new guy Ryan Jones

Newest member of the WFNY team Ryan Jones joined me a couple nights ago to talk about the Browns and the Cavs and what it’s like to be a Clevelander transplanted into the heart of Texas. Dallas fans and their relationship with Tony Romo Is it a football fan’s worst nightmare to have to rely on Tony Romo who is just good enough not to be replaced? Anderson Varejao and his amazing...

Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Reasons Fans Losing Hope For Playoff Run

When you listen to as much Philadelphia sports commentary as I do, you start to hear the same narrative over and over.One of the more common phrases used in reference to Andy Reid’s 14-year tenure is “the definition of insanity: repeating the same experiment over and over again expecting different results.”At a disappointing 3-4, the future seems bleak for die-hard Eagles fans...

The Friday Blitz: Jerryworld Comes to Town

The Friday Blitz this week will be short and to the point. I have some concerns and some thoughts on the upcoming game. First, here are some of my concerns heading into the Dallas game. Sean Weatherspoon is expected to be inactive Sunday Night with an ankle injury. Do I think it is serious? No, but he is without a doubt our leader on defense. Lose your leader = bad things can...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.