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Michael Vick making a mistake

QB shouldn't be inviting Brett Favre into the Philadelphia Eagles' house

Updated: July 26, 2011, 3:41 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

Never let Brett Favre cook in your kitchen.

I don't mean that literally, of course. It's just my own play on a phrase I heard in one of those my-man-did-me-wrong love songs.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesBrett Favre is a starter. He didn't willingly give way to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.

But that phrase is the first thing that came to mind after hearing the reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in signing Favre as a backup to Michael Vick.

It's not a good idea to let a competitor invade a sacred part of your home. So here's some free advice for Vick: Don't invite Favre in.

The timing is impeccable, isn't it? Football has barely returned, and right on cue, here come the rumors that Favre is interested in coming back.

But Favre still feeling the itch to play quarterback shouldn't be as much of a surprise as Vick's reaction to the idea of Favre being a teammate.

"I would be honored to have Brett Farve as a backup. That will be amazing Learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career," Vick tweeted Sunday.

Vick later deleted the tweet. It's unclear why, but his post indicated that he has no clue what he's welcoming.

Favre's agent, Bus Cook, said on Monday that the 41-year-old Favre hasn't discussed a comeback with him or anyone else, but if we've learned anything from Favre's flip-flopping, it's that it's never unrealistic to entertain a Favre comeback.

It makes perfect sense that the Eagles would be interested in Favre. It's almost certain they will trade Kevin Kolb. Assuming they proceed with those plans, they could get one heckuva security blanket in Favre, one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.

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Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesKevin Kolb's injury opened the door for Michael Vick, and Vick could be creating a similar opportunity for Brett Favre.

Favre would get the attention he seems to crave, an explosive offense, a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and a coach he's known forever. It's a win-win for Favre and the Eagles.

But it's the worst possible scenario for Vick.

Vick, who seized the starting position after Kolb was injured, is coming off a marvelous season during which he proved that he's still the most dynamic player in the NFL.

Even though he started just 11 games, Vick threw for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns. Most importantly, he showed he can masterfully operate from the pocket and doesn't always need to rely on his running ability.

The Eagles' offense shifted into another gear with Vick and although he believes Favre would help his development, too many factors suggest Favre's presence would undermine Vick's growth.

Sure, Vick has evolved as a passer, but he still scrambles enough to make himself vulnerable to injury.

Vick missed three games with a rib injury last season and before that, with Atlanta, he missed practically an entire season with a broken right leg.

Vick has been dinged up a lot in his NFL career. So if you combine that injury history with Favre's presence, it's a quarterback controversy waiting to happen.

Let's also not forget that there are still a lot of people -- even some Eagles fans -- who don't want to see Vick succeed.

In addition to serving time in prison, Vick has done a lot to make amends and repair his image. But for some people it will never be enough, and they won't forget how he financed and participated in animal torture.

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Riccardo S. Savi/Getty ImagesThere are chefs who won't threaten Michael Vick's starting job: Mario Batali, for example.

The sexting scandal and diva-like behavior certainly have hurt Favre's reputation, but enough fans still view Favre as a hero and his record 297 consecutive starts -- the most in NFL history -- only inflates his image as the ultimate competitor and tough guy.

Put Favre in a city that still worships Rocky and is known for its impatient fan base, and after a couple of bad outings Vick could go from being the flavor of the month to stale leftovers.

Favre isn't Kolb, a talented but largely unproven quarterback who lacked the resume or ability to challenge Vick. Favre is a three-time MVP who was just a win away from the Super Bowl two seasons ago. He would be a threat to Vick immediately, even if he's brought in as a backup.

Besides, does anyone really think that Favre and his enormous ego will be satisfied playing behind Vick?

Donovan McNabb made the same mistake with Vick that Vick is making with Favre. Remember, it was McNabb who wanted Vick in Philadelphia. While McNabb certainly had good intentions, courting Vick paved the way for his exit in Philadelphia.

I don't doubt Vick's ability, but there's no question Favre possesses powerful charisma. So Vick campaigning for Favre is a mistake.

If the Eagles get Favre, he's not coming to Philadelphia to play the dutiful houseguest. He's headed straight for the kitchen.

Jemele Hill can be reached at jemeleespn@gmail.com.

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