By allowing Michael Vick(notes) to show up late and avoid the sidelines for the team's game against the Atlanta Falcons, Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles turned a molehill into a mountain.
On Sunday, Vick arrived at Lincoln Financial Field at 12:15 p.m. ET, 45 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of the game. Reid says he gave Vick permission to show up at that time, but didn't specify why. Because he was the emergency quarterback, Vick didn't suit up or take part in pregame workouts, presumably to rest his injured ribs. It was also determined that Vick wouldn't join his teammates on the sideline during the game, as many injured players do, and would instead watch from the locker room.
Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Yet there are reports that Vick didn't show up until five minutes before game time and that he left Falcons owner Arthur Blank waiting for him by the locker-room door (the two eventually met later in the tunnel). People also want to know why Vick didn't go to the sidelines. Was it to avoid jeering fans of his former team, to escape the eye of the television cameras or to keep the pressure off Kevin Kolb(notes)? And, most of all, why did Andy Reid refuse to talk about it at length with the press?