Then let them lay in it.
Yesterday, talking to the Daily News, Andy Reid basically shot down the Peyton Manning rumors. In doing so, he said the Eagles were "obviously happy with Mike Vick."
Really? You're "obviously" happy with an injury-prone, turnover-prone quarterback who has never won anything and has managed only one really great season in his lengthy career?
Maybe it's not surprising at all that the Eagles, who notoriously ignore obvious problem areas (at various times in the past several years: linebacker, kick returner, safety, offensive line and defensive coordinator) in favor of questionable in-house solutions and in the face of evidence contrary to their platitudes.
But that doesn't make it any more criminal that they'd dismiss Manning off-hand. No less an authority than Ray Didinger himself implored the Eagles to dump Vick in favor of Manning. In doing so, he listed many of the same reasons I did more than a month ago: that Manning would fix the offense's turnover woes and compensate for Reid's play-calling, clock-management, and time out-management deficiencies.
It's not completely out of the realm that the Eagles could win a Super Bowl with Vick. But it's extremely unlikely. Look back over the teams that have won Super Bowls. How many have done it with mobile quarterbacks? With turnover-prone quarterbacks? Basically none.
It's incredible to me that we make the same arguments over and over, and incredibly depressing that we do so to no avail. With Peyton Manning, this team is an instant Super Bowl contender. With Mike Vick, they're just an enigma.
Maybe there's a chance Reid is just blowing smoke, but I doubt it. And this typical Eagles front-office arrogance is likely to lead once again where it has in every season of the Reid era--home before the parades start.