Does Vick Want To Stay In Philly? He Won’t Say

Michael Vick spoke with the media for the first time since sustaining a concussion against the Cowboys back on November 11. Nick Foles has since been named the starter, leaving the star quarterback without a starring role and with little control over his future for the moment.

Vick was asked if  he still wants to be In Philadelphia given all that has transpired this season, and whether he would be open to returning next season as a backup.

“I just feel like I have a lot of football to play,” Vick responded. “I feel like I have a lot left in my tank. I’m enjoying the game, I feel fresh. I don’t know, man, I’ll have to talk it over with my agent and just see what happens. As of right now I have to continue to help this football team win these last two games and the future will take care of itself.”

Andy Reid on Friday said that Vick had finally been cleared by an independent neurologist. Vick practiced on Monday as the Eagles began preparations for the Redskins.

“It’s been tough sitting out for this long, because you want to be out there playing, you want to be out there with your team, but it was a situation where you just have to take precautions and let me get as much rest as possible and it paid dividends for me because I’m back and I’m healthy and I’m fresh now,” Vick said.

“It’s different, but that’s just the way things are right now and I have to roll with the punches and deal with it and make the most of it and continue to work hard and continue to try to get better, continue to try to help Nick out, continue to help Trent, continue to help this football team, and that’s my job, to continue to do everything I can to help this football team, and that’s my job as a leader of this football team, regardless if I’m the starter or the third-string quarterback.”

Reid made it sound like third-string is a possibility, telling reporters that he would have to look at the numbers before making a decision as to whether Vick would be active.

“It’s just a blessing to be back and playing football from where I came from and opportunities I had over the last three or four years, I would have never thought. So I’m just rolling with the punches. I’m going to continue to work hard to get better and keep enjoying the game of football, because this is what I love, and I realized that today throwing balls on the scout team.”

Vick clarified exactly how the injury happened, indicating that the initial blow came before the play when Ernie Sims threw him down.

“I was woozy and then I fell on my head again and I just kind of lost it right then and there,” he said.

“When I got hit the second time I was like, ‘Alright, I have to come out’ because I couldn’t see. But that’s how much I love the game.”

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  • Mrkraxx

    Classy comments , mike. Kudos.

    • xlGmanlx

      Agreed, plus he has proven he deserves the shot. Warrior on the field and lays it on the line play after play. There are plenty of teams in this league that would trade for Mick Vick right now. Arizona, Jets, Jags, Chiefs and titans are ones that I could see that would be willing and that Vick upgrades that position.

      • The Guru

        Trade for Vick at $15 million a year? Hahahahahaha NO ONE will trade for that contract.

        • xlGmanlx

          Guess you again are too obtuse to realize contracts can be negotiated. You also probably think the total contract value is the cash payout of each contract too. Shouldn’t you be back on philly.com with all the other middle school heroes?

        • xlGmanlx

          NO ONE will read a couple posts down to see I mention restructure long before your shift at the golden arches is up

          • The Guru

            Only after I pointed out how stupid you were. This post came first! Bahahaha #epicfail

  • Myke Lowery

    ah. so it was the head first dive into the ground that concussed him. he’ll catch on somewhere if he decides not to restructure that contract. not sure if he’d want to do that to be a backup.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    I am sure he wanted to come back earlier but the policy is there to save people from themselves. The extra rest might be the difference in quality of life after football.

  • daytoday

    i really dont want to see mike go, he played good this yr when he had time to throw….if anything restructure his contract so he can stay an eagle for the rest of his career

    • saunhi

      Eagles have had blocking back and O-line problems even last year. Mudd was brought in as line coach but then the injuries started. O-line is better with latest changes. Vick will do great playing on a complete team.

    • xlGmanlx

      Restructure and trade. The only way the iggs are going to be better than this year is to flip positions of apparent strength to fill needs. Neither Foles or Vick are elite/franchise QB’s right now, but that story will take care of itself. If you are resigned to the fact that they aren’t elite and can get something for it, I think they should. That is probably why vick won’t be here, because from an effort standpoint and desire, he bled kelly green the past two years.

  • john

    Classy Mike. Hope you stay around.

  • Vick Supporter

    Vick ain’t nobody’s backup.

    • Gjeffries

      daytoday and vick supporter I liked Vick and supported him, but he has not proven in the 3 year here that he deserves to be our franchise QB. Other than 10 games in 2010 his turnovers and win/loss record are horrible. say what want about line and stuff this year and I agree its all time bad. However Foles behind thi line last 3 games has only thrown 1 interception and not fumbled (you can try to say he fumbled against Bengals, but that hand off to Brown was right in his gut). Vick is solid sometimes, but his turnovers are something that can’t work in this league on a week to week basis. Last year behind an o line that was not great, but not bad at all considering left tackle was best in football and McCoy seemed to do good behind it. He is always getting injured. That is not a just this year problem. He has only played 16 games 1 time in his career. I like Vick as a person and tried to support him as our QB for last 3 years. Say what you want and I understand if you like him as a player, but no one can really back up that those 10 games in 2010 is who Vick is or will be. His career #’s and 2 playoff wins only along with the 3 years here show that he is a decent QB but definitely not a franchise QB at this point. I would have loved him to be the guy here in Philly, but it’s clear that he is what he is and that it’s proven to not be good enough to win anything meaningful in this league. If you can give me some reasons that you think I am wrong please do. i mean that I am open to hearing your reasons that he is good enough.

      • Roasty

        I am not here to state that he is good enough to be a franchise QB. I don’t think he is. However, he does possess something that Philly has not had in decades. That is the 4th quarter drive. This year alone he took the lead with his last drive of the game 4 times. Granted only 3 turned into victories and he was pretty much disastrous the other 3 quarters of those games. You can’t take that drive away from him though. That is a skill you can’t teach and I enjoyed finally having confidence in my QB in clutch situations

        • MAC

          I agree with his comeback skills this year. I give him credit there. I like Vick to be honest, I just have come to realize he is limited in certain critical parts of playing QB. He did a good job on those comebacks. I respect Vick and his toughness completely. He is one tough SOB and I love that he leaves it all on the line for his team. I mean no disrespect to him and honestly do wish him the best and would be happy if he went somewhere and did well. I think he showed a lot of mental toughness as well as grit in those comebacks. I 100% agree its a great feeling having confidence in our QB in the clutch. I am not all the way on board with Foles and am unsure of what he will become. He got the one comeback; not sure it means anything to be honest. I like his poise though cause that shows me he does not panic which is big part of being clutch. I just think it’s time to move forward bc with Vick we know what we get and to me making the playoffs at best is not good enough anymore. I already liked Vick when we signed him and have gained more respect for him over last 3 years. I just feel that his turnover issue is not able to be fixed and in a league that the difference in being a super bowl champ and a 8-8 team is such a small difference. In playoffs turnovers will always get you beat.
          People need to show Vick some respect for his toughness this year and his selfless attitude about being the backup now. That shows a lot about what kind of man he has become. People need to let go of the convict thing now! He has done everything with class since he has been here, Time to show that we understand people make poor choices and can learn from them to become a good role model. That’s right I said it he has become a role model!

  • morgan c

    “When I got hit the second time I was like, ‘Alright, I have to come
    out’ because I couldn’t see. But that’s how much I love the game.”

    Ummmm…

  • Run Eagles Run

    5 TDs, 4 INTs, 7 FUM, 77 RAT. Sounds like kevin kolb. But no, its the fans choice for your starting quarterback next year.

    • MAC

      It’s a 5 game sample size. If we take Vick at 5 game sample size this year I guarantee you would take those stats over his. In last 3 games (showing getting better) he has 4 td and 1 fumble (the fumble on the Bryce Brown play the ball was put right in his stomach not on Foles be honest with that one). No one can tell after 5 games if he is a franchise qb or a bust. Vick is a class act and I supported him, but he had his 3 years and other than 10 games in 2010 has led league in turnovers and has won less than 40% of his games. He can’t stay healthy and that is a fact in his career only made through one 16 game season. So stop hating on Foles and lets see if he is good enoughbc Vick is not and the stats and win loss record do not lie. Vick only has 2 career playoff wins. No franchise would think that he is the answer after his 3 years here. If you can give me solid reasons he should be our QB next year I would love to hear them. I do not want to hear bc he is better than Foles either. That is obvious at this point & he better be for $16 million a year. We know what Vick brings to the table and know that it is not good enough to win and go deep in this league. Please tell me why anyone can believe otherwise. If you can back it up you would be the first to person that could.

      • Run Eagles Run

        You’re right, when you take away vicks 10 best games as an eagle, and only look at the games foles played well in, foles is the better option. hahahahahaha!

        • MAC

          First off I didn’t take all games Foles played well in! I took all 5 games he has ever played in! Foles is definitely not better or as good as Vick at this point! My point is it’s a very small difference in production with a rookie vs a 10 year veteran. Also Vick has not been good enough throughout his career to win a championship. He has won 2 playoff games. Those 10 games were Vick’s best 10 games of his entire career and even that year we were 1 and done in playoffs. Say what you want but we know with Vick based on all 10 years he has played in the NFL his stats and playoff record show that he is not good enough to win us a championship. In the NFL to beat the Rodgers, Brady, Mannings, etc you need a QB that can score with them and not turn it over. Vick is exciting, but he has not ever put up #’s and kept turnovers down enough to win against those QB’ that it takes to win it all. He always has had a turnover problem and that alone will keep you from a championship, Simply put those 10 games are the exception in Vick’s career. We know what Vick brings to the table from lookin at his ENTIRE career. It’s not enough to win a championship. With Foles not sure if good enough, but might as well see cause all any of us really want is a super bowl and we need to find a QB capable of that. Vick has had 10 years and has been unable. Why would anyone believe that he would get better at 32 years when even in his prime he was not that sucessful as far as giving his team a chance to win it all?

          • Run Eagles Run

            Im basing vick off his career in philly. I think his priorities changed, and Im not gonna get into that. So like I said, basing off his career in philly, he looked good to start, and then to be honest with you I dont even remember those games, except for bits and pieces of frustration. I remember teams like the giants saying the eagles were predictable, and they always knew what they were going to do. laughing at them. Vick isnt peyton manning. Im not saying he is a moron, but he needs a system, and when teams catch on to that system, he needs his coach to adjust. lets be honest, and reid has never been good at adjusting. so last year, with a new scheme, rookie center, and a leaky offensive line, vick got off to a rough start. he looked bad. then all the sudden, the o line solidified. shady ran wild. vick looked himself for the last 6 or 7 games of the year. he didnt get a chance to carry that momentum into the playoffs. this year. line is ATROCIOUS. locker room and defense is a circus. eagles had a solid record going into detroit. coaching blows a win and a comeback drive from vick and we all know what happened after that. did he look good this year? no. he looked uncomfortable, and void of any confidence. just like the rest of the team. and behind that line, can you blame him? the man took sack after sack, hit after hit, and while on a few of those he threw picks, and fumbled, or may have held on to long, how could you blame him? and all through it andy still refused to run! they changed nothing! it was almost like they wanted foles. a prospect to save his ass. at least then he’d have some excuses to regurgitate when he went in for a meeting with lurie. I dont believe that. i cant believe that. but damn. I mean I just dont get it. I dont get the contempt. please, if I am rewriting history, point out where. I may have left some things out but I think thats relatively accurate.

  • Guest

    Enjoy Jacksonville, Mike.

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    This is who you want as the leader of your football team. Born leader

    • xlGmanlx

      See Atlanta years, but people can change. Born leader? Maybe not, born with exception physical abilities? Absolutely

  • eddie vega

    Vick needs to stay for birds to win build around him make it work loose vick next seadon already over