Michael Vick, in the final year of his contract, appears to be seeing his time in Philadelphia come to a disappointing conclusion. Hamstring injuries have cost Vick four and a half games thus far this season, which has opened the door for Nick Foles to burst onto the scene. Foles has seized the opportunity, so much so that he has 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions this season, and has many Eagles fans wondering if Foles can be the team’s franchise quarterback.
Vick, who has been on the record as saying that he and Foles are very good friends, gave his thoughts on Foles’ performance in an interview with Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nick’s played great. He’s played great, he’s played confident. He’s playing the way we know he can play and that’s important. It’s great for this organization, great for this football team.
I think that answer shows how much Vick has matured since he has come to Philadelphia. It was a very unselfish answer, and to see him give this answer after Foles has effectively taken Vick’s job due to a frustrating injury, should show potential suitors this offseason the type of leadership that Vick can bring.
McLane went on to ask Vick if he still believes that he is the starting quarterback.
I don’t know. That’s not something that I’m thinking about at this point. The last thing I want to be is a distraction to this team. I’m just working hard to get myself healthy.
If I was Michael Vick, that would be a hard answer to give. To know how hard I worked to adjust to a new offense and be in the physical shape that I am in, I would say that I felt like I am the best quarterback on the roster. I think Vick not saying that is a sign that he knows that with his injury, that he likely isn’t going to come back this season, and even if he does, he won’t be a starter. So he is trying to stay low-key, in order to keep potential off-season suitors from being scared off.
Along, those same lines, McLane asked Vick, given the fact that it appears clear that he isn’t in the team’s long-term plans given Foles emergence, if he struggles to stay focused on the present.
I can’t think about the future right now. I just got to focus on the day-to-day living that I got to be a part of. I can’t look down the road. I can’t say this is going to happen. I can’t say I want this to happen. Just taking it one day at a time.
That’s what Vick says publicly , but frankly he would be a fool to not look forward to his future, considering he will likely never take a snap in midnight green again. He isn’t a prototypical drop-back quarterback (someone tell Andy Reid), and it will take a franchise committing to building their offense around him and putting aside his checkered past for Vick to ever be a starting quarterback again.