On Friday, Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reported that Falcons owner Arthur Blank wasn’t pleased with the Eagles’ decision to insert quarterback Mike Vick into the last meeting between the two teams, when Philly was comfortably ahead of the home team. Vick led the Eagles to a garbage-time touchdown, which thrilled the remaining Falcons fans who still had warm and fuzzy feelings for Vick.
Appearing recently on NBC SportsTalk (VERSUS, 6:00 p.m. ET), Arthur Blank admitted that he personally wasn’t thrilled with the maneuver.
“Well I didn’t feel good about it,” Blank said. “But I know Coach Reid, he’s an outstanding head coach and an outstanding human being. And in terms of the Michael story, dealing with redemption, dealing with some of the personal issues he’s had in his own life with his children, I understand his viewpoint. I think trying to put myself in his position, I think he was trying to make Michael feel better about himself, trying to make the Eagles, his organization, feel better about themselves from that perspective. I don’t think I was thrilled with it. But I know Andy well enough, and I know the organization well enough to know I don’t think it was intended to flaunt us in a negative way. But it didn’t leave me with a good taste in my mouth but I understood it.”
The Eagles return to Atlanta tonight with Vick as the starting quarterback. By far, it’s the most compelling game of the day.
And I’m not just saying that because the game is on NBC.