Whether it was the proactive PR campaign, the apparent sincerity in every apology or simply a public that grew tired of the conversation, the anti-Michael Vick campaign we all anticipated never gained traction.
FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez was on the ground in Philadelphia this week. He does a nice job today setting the scene from that city as Vick prepares to step on the field for a regular season game for the first time since 2006.
“Vick’s NFL return couldn’t have gone more smoothly,” writes Marvez. “The only crowd outside NovaCare Complex on Friday was autograph seekers. The mass protests never happened and aren’t expected Sunday …”
Despite the breathless coverage of his return, football-wise, Vick’s return is a minor story. He figures to have only a minor role in today’s game against the Chiefs. And while he may become a threat for the Eagles later in the year, his poor performance against the Jets scrubs in the Eagles final preseason game showed he has a very long way to go before he regains the timing and presence he had during his best days with the Falcons.