Vick: ‘I’m Not A Backup’

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick.It appears that Michael Vick will end this season, and quite possibly his career in Philadelphia, much the way he started here — as the third-string quarterback.

The 10-year veteran is running with the scout team at practice and is respectfully going along with the plan to slip as far into the background as possible while Nick Foles auditions for Vick’s old role. He wears no scowl and remains approachable. With an eye on his future and an appreciation of this organization, he continues to act as a professional.

But Vick is not content. And this is not a position he plans on being in much longer.

“I’m not a backup. Just being honest, just being candid. I’m a full-fledged starter,” said Vick in a one-on-one conversation with Birds 24/7. ” That’s what I’ve got in me,  that’s what I provide, that’s what I offer. Whatever happens, wherever I end up, they’re going to get 110 percent. You’re going to get the same thing out of me that you got the last two, three years and that’s 110 percent effort and a guy that’s confident in his abilities to play and win.

“I want to start. Yeah, I’m a starter. I’ll feel that way until I start to feel like I’m becoming a problem on the team.”

There has been plenty of blame to go around this season. Vick owns his fair share for turning the ball over 14 times in nine games and failing to play up to his mega-contract. He was also done no favors in the play-calling and pass-protection department. Eventually all the hits caught up with him, and he was KO’d in Dallas on November 11 and has not seen the field since. Just as Vick got his chance as a result of Kevin Kolb‘s concussion, so too has Foles gotten a look because of Vick’s head injury. As they have so many times since Vick came on board in 2009, the dynamics have shifted.

The 32-year-old Vick is due $15.5 million next season, $3 million of which becomes guaranteed on February 6. Teams can’t begin trading again until March 12, according to the league offices, making it a bit of a financial gamble to try and go the trade route. There is a chance he is off roster soon.

“I’m always going to be appreciative, first and foremost, of what the city did for me, you know as far as the reception when I first got here,” said Vick. “I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the organization for giving me an opportunity. The one thing I can go out and say is that each and every down I gave it 110 percent, whether I got knocked down, had to get up, had to scramble and had to make a play. Whether I made the play or I didn’t, I gave it everything that I had. And that’s what you want out of all your players – you want that effort. I feel like I did everything I could to put this team in a position to win, and that was my giveback.”

The Vick era has been nothing if not dramatic. From the controversy around his signing to his sharp, breathtaking ascent in 2010 to the crash back to Earth that followed, the Virginia Tech product stole the show.

The third act will be interesting. Vick has sustained two concussions in as many years, and has absorbed blow after blow during his time in Philadelphia. He will be 33 years old in June, and the physical skills can only go one way from here. On the other side, Vick believes that he has improved substantially in the mental part of the game, and thinks there is a lot of quality football left in him.

“I just feel like I have made so many strides as far as learning the defensive part of the game and kind of piecing it together with the offense. I feel like over the last two years I’ve kind of gotten better in the protection game and learning defensive schemes,” he said.

“I’ve got prime left, man. I’m just getting started.”

Vick said he plans on having a great offseason and will work hard to get his body right as he waits to hear his fate. It is possible that his time here ends just as suddenly as it began.

“There will always be a soft spot for the city,” said Vick, “there will always be a soft spot for the organization.”

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  • Cheribil

    Mike has a lot to offer. NOBODY puts Michael in a corner.

    • I hate jeffry lurie.com

      nobody except the police when he gets caught killing dogs….

      • Cheribil

        You really wish you were Mike don’t you?

      • A Roy

        Funny how guys like Rothlisberger and Ray Lewis get a pass. Guess dogs are cuter than humans…or maybe it’s because they win games.

        • Anebriated

          not trying to justify anything here but I would imagine they would view “one-time” crimes with a smaller magnifying glass then they would with Vick organizing a dog fighting ring that wasnt just a one time deal.

          • aub32

            Ok, that may be true with Rice, but what about Ben? He was accused multiple times of the same thing and never caught half the flack or punishment as Vick.

          • Anebriated

            For some reason I feel like, while hes not completely innocent, the women embellished the stories a bit. He’s a popular pro athlete and easy target. Gold diggers…

          • A Big Butt and a Smile

            Seriously? All those women embellished their stories? GTFOH. Big Ben got off b/c he was a big time pro athlete. But I guess forcing women to have sex with u is okay as long as you aren’t fighting dogs that were bred to fight.

          • atb124

            Yeah, we should totally treat people accused of a crime the same as if they were convicted of a crime.
            Hey everybody, the poster above me killed 21 little people and a baby goat with a plastic spoon and an eye patch. He has been accused = he is guilty.
            His rules, we just have to play by them.

          • A Big Butt and a Smile

            The ONLY reason why he wasn’t convicted of anything is b/c the cops in GA wouldn’t even ARREST him – decided there was no need to do so. Decided the girl shouldn’t have been there – basically saying she asked for whatever happened. So no…there were plenty of questions surrounding Big Ben…and what Vick did doesn’t even compare.

          • Anebriated

            you brought up another point that is extremely relevant here. Ben was involved with the GA police while Vick was investigated by the Feds. BIG difference

          • xlGmanlx

            Tell that to the women who were just raped “one time” or murdered “one time”. All three criminals so who cares?

          • Anebriated

            only 1 was convicted. right or wrong thats what it is. not saying that the woman who was raped “one time” doesnt have an argument. Just saying if there was TRUELY a case against Ben then he would have been punished. On the flip side you have things like the RG3 extortion attempt from earlier this year that is probably more common than a big name pro athlete forcefully raping a woman.

  • Johngiam

    Yeah? Well in Philly you won’t ever be a starter! Wish we would have re-did his contract when we saw that he wasn’t 100million dollar qb. Had we re did his contract we might have been able to get a 5th round pick for him. But with that price tag, we have no choice but to waive him…. Then again, we strong armed buffalo for Peters in his prime…..let’s try to trade Vick for JariusByrd hahhahahaha

    • Cheribil

      It’s “re-done” not re-did. Oh well; determines your education level.

  • Graham

    LoL 15.5 million… jeeze… one great season and he’s deemed a 100 million dollar QB.. terrible job by the eagles org. Looks like he’ll be getting released, and by all indications it looks like he’ll be going and joining the circus down in new york… that would be quite funny to see. Vick in a jets uniform lol I laugh thinking about it

    • Septhinox

      Not even one great season, 10 games! lol

      Talk about jumping the gun!

      • Graham

        LOL exactly…. jumping the gun big time. But hey, who knows how well Vick could have done this year if it was Peters, Mathis, Kelce, Herremans, and a good Watkins/Jake Scott in there all year… we’ll never know it will always be a mystery…. If the Oline was what I said above, Vick could have been a pocket passer and had a better year. A year that would more justify his stupid contract.
        And yes like mentioned below, he can’t read defenses.

        LOL He says he feels like he’s made strides as far as reading defenses and learning defensive schemes and how they fit together with offenses???
        So it took you a decade in this league to finally give those a thought?
        That right there speaks to how much football IQ he LACKS…
        They better not bring him back next year, Philly fans don’t want him. Sorry Mike, you had your chance

        • professor619

          he’s obviously done in Philly but the main reason why he wasn’t good with Atlanta like he wanted to be cause he didn’t take everything for granted… he even said that himself… honestly I’m still a huge Vick fan and will still support him and Philly nation but I think most of the year was bad for him cause of the o line injuries and play calling…

          • Graham

            Oline injuries agreed.. huge impact on what went wrong this year. Couldn’t develop the same ground game, leads to poor play action. All around mess.
            His turnover problem, 14 times in 9 games, is probably something that takes most the blame IMO… he had very poor decision making in the first half of the season and gave up some turnovers in very crucial spots.

    • The Guru

      Why they didn’t just franchise him is beyond me….you don’t give out $40 mill for 7 games.

      • Graham

        Ya it was a terrible FO move and now they pay the price….. should have tagged him then they wouldn’t be looking at 15.5 friggin million right now…..

    • FMWarner

      They’re not actually going to be paying that $15.5 million. They were smart to have an out so soon into the contract in case this happened. There are little to no financial implications to Vick’s regression.

      • Graham

        I know its a eagles happy contract, but to set it up that way. I guess you’re right it was strategic on their part, thinking that by this year maybe he would have played well enough to earn that. But instead they will get out for $0 by cutting him by the SB….

  • The Guru

    Delusional….just like most of his supporters. See Donovan McNabb’s career for how this turns out Mike.

  • I hate jeffry lurie.com

    Vick stinks…can’t read a defense, can’t slide, doesn’t know when to get rid of the ball. Like McNabb he will get one or 2 more chances and probably leave on a stretcher and that will be it for the dog killer, then he can retire and resume his first love…dog fighting.

    • 1972

      What a non biased post lol.. people are still on the dog thing!?

      • A Roy

        Why forgive when you can feel good tearing someone down.

        • 1972

          people lead miserable lives

  • saunhi

    No protection means no offense and lots of playmaker injuries. He must have gotten hit 20 times in the Detroit game alone.

    A main reason for two RB’s is rush protection and BLOCKING.

    For the self righteous- better to support childfund dot org, a fantastic charity that provides life to children worldwide.

  • 1972

    I like vick, but the guy cant stay healthy , and he turns the ball over almost everytime he gets hit now.. he looks like a shot fighter..u cant win with a qb that gets hurt every year( because he cant slide). the supporters love his running and arm strength.But it doesnt turn into wins.

  • A Big Butt and a Smile

    Vick will go to the jets and be successful. Ryan knows how to use a QB like Vick. The Vikings would be a great fit as well, though I don’t think he ends up there. Arizona with an o-line and Larry Fitzgerald wouldn’t be bad either. And playing in NY would mean he was playing in the largest media market in the country…not a bad way to finish up a career.

    • 1972

      he wont last 2 games at arizona. their lines worst than ours. he gets grazed in the head he’s out half a season.. and the guy wont slide!! thats what pisses me off about him the most. the fact that u cant learn a task as simple as sliding

      • A Big Butt and a Smile

        Notice I said “…with an online…” when referring to Arizona. With their current line no one is going to look good.

    • The Guru

      A career that will go down as the most underachieving QB in the history of the league.

      • The Guru

        Couldn’t agree more. What happened to “revolutionizing” the game?

    • A Roy

      Ryan will be gone.

      • A Big Butt and a Smile

        If they sign Vick Ryan isn’t going anywhere.

  • morgan c

    I don’t hate Vick. He was a model citizen here, and gave it his all. I have no problem that he seems himself as a starter still, but he’s a bit delusional. He thinks he’s in his “prime”? He’s “just getting started”? He had two years, and he led the league in turnovers, got injured, and never became a dependable franchise-stabilizing quarterback. I wish him luck, but I think he’s going to get a reality punch to the face. He’s just not that good anymore.

  • Jerry from Flawda

    What the commentors here and elsewhere seem to forget is that it was either him or Kolb. I’m happy they chose Vick, even if it didn’t work out. Why? B/c Kolb would’ve received a long term contract, and since he’s younger, there is a good chance he’d still be the starter, probably currently hurt, and all us fans would want him gone, but they would keep him b/c of the long term deal. What people also seem to miss is that Andy and Co tried to transition from a great era with McNabb without skipping a beat. It didn’t work out, but on paper EACH year a large amount of fans and football people thought the were contenders. So instead of spewing venom and making half arse dog killer references, people should say goodbye and good luck.

    • Graham

      This is a great point. Good thing they chose Vick BUT Bad thing they prematurely decided to make him a 100m dollar man… The era thing is a great point as well, but we all know philly fans won’t be like that. The Reid era is all I’ve ever known, started following in 03 when I was 13 yrs old…. I’m scared to see what’s ahead. I SAY KEEP REID, LET HIM ASSEMBLE A NEW STAFF (HOPEFULLY BRING BACK JUAN FOR THE OLINE, IF JUAN WOULD BE WILLING)… No one else out there is better than Reid…. and ppl want to argue Reid has lost his touch or whatever… Have you heard some of the recent opinions of players? Have you noticed how much confidence and respect all those players have for him? McCoy, Maclin, Avant, Jackson all have very high praise for the man. Tcole, Celek, Herreman to name a few more. Isn’t that a pretty good indication that it’s good to keep him around for the organization’s sake, regardless of what the fanbase says. Why not just block the fanbase out on the decision, and make it solely based on WHAT’S BEST FOR THE ORGANIZATION. These players are far from quitting on him, give him some time to assemble a new staff, Cam Cameron, Pettine, Juan on Oline, someone on Dline, new ST coordinator likely…., give him another year.

      - a die hard eagles fan scared of change to come

  • aub32

    I have to give Vick a lot of kudos for not causing a ruckus during this entire proceeding. If he is let go, I will root for him. I think he is still better than some of the QBs who start in this league, and I wish he could have been put in a better position this season to show what he is capable of.

  • atb124

    As biased as I am, even I can see he’s better than a few starting QBs in this league. He’s clearly better than anyone on the Jets, Jags and Chiefs.

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement to say he’s top 25, but I fully expect him to land a starting gig elsewhere next year.

  • Cordero51

    I find it quite side at how many people want vick to leave the eagles when nick foles hasn’t even shown a glimpse of being a great qb. It would be different if he was playing good shower flashes of talent but be honest he hasn’t he’s been mediocre at best. All I’m saying is be carefull what u wish for. A d snother thing Iv noticed it whenever there’s a post of vick Matt Jacobs always there basing this guy, U must really have bad life if all u do is post hateful comments. Life’s short dude be happy

  • paulie

    All u Vick hater obviously didn’t read into wat really happened he didn’t live or even go to that house it was jus in his name its obvious he took the fall for his friends where the hell would a pro athlete get the free time to do all of that killing use ur heads idiots maybe ur jus too miserable to read between the lines

    • paulie

      And no qb not the mannings Brady rogers or Joe Montana could play behind that makeshift line I hope he goes to new York behind their line so u fools can see wat he is truly capable of..watch how he makes u eat ur words