Now that their first experiment with rehabilitating the image and playing career of a former quarterback has been so wildly successful, it's obviously time for the Eagles to reach out again and build on that strategy.

Allen Iverson - wherever you are, whatever you are doing - stop right now and send a text to Mr. Tony Dungy. He can make this thing happen.

I know what you're thinking. Yes, it has been a long time since Iverson was the starting quarterback for state champion Bethel High School in Hampton, Va. A lot of mileage and quite a few bad casino markers have rolled under his tires and been stuffed into his glove compartment since then.

But, hey, the Eagles made it work with Michael Vick, from nearby Newport News, Va., and they can do it again. If the organization could just take a short break from giving bad advice to Brian Westbrook, I'm sure the brain trust will recognize the genius of the move.

There is nothing, after all, that Andy Reid and the front office likes better than being smarter than everyone else. Here's another chance to prove that, when it comes to deep thinking, this franchise makes Stephen Hawking look like Norv Turner. These guys don't just think outside the box at One NovaCare Way. They don't even recognize the box. The box says boring things like, "You should really run the ball against the Oakland Raiders." Anybody with a whistle and a mail-order coaching certificate can do that. Where's the thrill?

And you do have to hand it to them. This Vick thing has been everything they promised - with the possible exception of, well, everything.

Including last Sunday's loss in San Diego - where Vick's big contribution was a pass thrown behind DeSean Jackson, which conjured up flashbacks of his heyday in Atlanta when he got to throw behind receivers many times a game - the output hasn't really matched the production costs.

Leaving aside for the moment that Vick totally gamed owner Jeff Lurie on his commitment to bringing about change in something other than his bank account, the football contributions have been laughable.

Vick is 2 for 7 throwing the ball, for a total of 6 yards. He has run it 12 times for 27 yards. Vick has also come in and - hold onto your hats - handed off the ball, which is obviously something Donovan McNabb couldn't have done instead.

At this point, Vick is just a curiosity as he stands on the sideline, like some tchotchke you spot on a mantelpiece and the owner tells you a long story about having it catch his eye in a bazaar in Budapest.

"Oh, that? That's a Vick. Went to jail for mutilating dogs, but I found it oddly fascinating. Only a few of that variety in the world. See the arm? No, the left one. Reputed to have magic powers, but I think that's just fable."

It doesn't really matter if the coaching staff has decided on its own that Vick is just another anchor lying on the deck, or if McNabb made it clear he won't tolerate many interruptions. The effect has been the same.

This lack of work should allow Vick a lot more time for his community efforts, but those appear to have slacked off a bit. Lurie said that, regardless of the football end of things, the signing would be a failure if Vick were not "absolutely committed to be[ing] proactive" about his social responsibilities. Sorry, Jeff. His quarterback rating looks better than his reformer rating, regardless of how much money the team throws around to paper over the mess.

Not that any of it probably matters to Vick, who knew this purgatory was necessary before he could ascend to the better-paying paradise of a starting job somewhere else. It was nice of the Eagles to be facilitators, but, man, let's move on already.

Which is why it is time for the Allen Iverson Era. If there ever was a man for the Wildcat offense, this is the guy. As we know from his time with the 76ers, this is one wild cat. And now he needs a job and a little image rehabilitation. He can visit schools and tell the kids never to split a pair of kings.

Sure, it's an unconventional idea, but so is throwing the ball 50 times a game. So is running a play-action double reverse that ends in a 6-yard loss. Anybody can be conventional. It takes real intellect to turn every game into a Mensa test, as if there is a season-ending tiebreaker for degree of difficulty.

So, get in here, Allen Iverson. This one is really outside the box. And the only thing the Eagles appear to work harder at than being outside the box is being outside the playoffs.