While the NFL world eagerly anticipates an announcement on who the Eagles will start at quarterback for their divisional showdown Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Nick Foles and Michael Vick are at the very least speaking more politically than some of our politicians in Washington right now.
Nick Foles, who lost the quarterback competition to Vick in training camp and is now looking to take it over, spoke yesterday on how close he feels to Vick, despite public pressure for the Eagles to hand the quarterback job over to Foles both at the end of last year and now this year.
“We’ve just been friends since we’ve been here,” Foles said Tuesday. “You just have to put your egos aside in this situation and any situation.”
That is one of the reasons that you really have to like Foles. He really didn’t ever perform badly in pre-season, Vick just performed better. Instead of sulking and going through the motions for the 2013 season, Foles stayed ready and continued to say the right things.
Michael Vick, who now says he may need to sit another week to get back to full health, echoed Foles statements, despite the fact that he may ultimately lose his job to Foles.
“I think our battle over the summer really strengthened our bond, and even throughout that battle we still helped one another,” Vick said.
“One of the things I’ve learned, when I see somebody making a mistake and not doing the right thing, even when we’re in a competition, I’m still going to try to help them. That’s just how much I believe in myself.”
When Foles and Vick speak, I listen and watch their body language and re-read their quotes, and I really can’t find a way to discredit what they are saying. The two have respect for each other that is met by competition on the field, by two guys that are true competitors.
Whoever ends up starting this week and beyond, the Eagles are a better team because of the competition between Foles and Vick, and the mutual respect that the two continue to display for each other.