There is another side to Nick Foles being named starting quarterback for the remainder of 2013 by Chip Kelly, and Foles being named NFC Offensive Player of the Month by the NFL. There is the side that Michael Vick is left to pick up the pieces, of what once looked like a promising season.
The Eagles might have fallen to a 1-3 record under Vick, but his five touchdowns and two interceptions showed that once the Eagles got an easier part of their schedule, and as the team began to really click under Chip Kelly, the Eagles still had a chance to be competitive. And that is exactly what happened, except a grade-A hamstring strain that Vick suffered in the second quarter of the Eagles week five loss to the Giants, allowed Foles to seize the quarterback position, and capitalize on that opportunity.
Vick did admit, when speaking on Foles being named the starter, that he can’t just pack it in for the 2013 season. He has to stay ready, in case Foles would go down with an injury.
“You’ve just got to stay ready at all times,” Vick told reporters. “You can’t approach the game like you’re not going to ever go back out there. The minute you start feeling like that or thinking like that, you find yourself in a position where you’ve got to go out and produce.
“So you can’t get lackadaisical, you can’t start to think you know it all, you’ve got to just be prepared whenever your number’s called.”
It is nice to hear Vick say that, considering we have seen Foles go down with an injury once this year, but Vick knows that he still has the ability to be a productive starter in the NFL.
“I feel good. I feel great. I still feel like I have a lot of time to play this game. … I feel like I can still start in this league. But I still have to focus on each and every day for the rest of the season and continue to try and help this team win games.”
Vick also gave the following quote, which CSN Philly’s Reuben Frank described as Vick joking around with reporters.
“Going to start for two more years,” he said. “Then be a backup. I’m going to be a good backup. I’m going to come off the bench and win some games.”
Frank might have taken that in a joking way, but it sounds eerily similar to what Vick said in the summer, about, “having a couple of years left”.
Vick appears to be done in Philadelphia, and for the 33 year-old to even get two more years to be a starter in any situation, given his injury history, seems like a stretch to me.