On the first day of 2014, Michael Vick’s new year’s resolution appears to be returning to being a starting quarterback this year–with whatever team will give him that opportunity.
“I’m playing again next year, that’s the way I look at it,” Vick said. “I know at some point I’ll be back out there.”
Not only does Vick believe that he is going to be a starter next NFL season, but despite the fact that he will be 34 in June, he is still very confident in his ability to get it done in the league.
“I don’t worry about it,” Vick said. “My skill set is still there, my arm is still there, my legs are still there, I’m still a playmaker, that’s evident. I think at some point, I’ll be playing somewhere.”
With the idea that Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin, Brandon Weeden, and Chad Henne, among others, started games in the NFL this season, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where someone wouldn’t give Michael Vick an opportunity to at least compete for a starting position.
Should the odds go against Vick that every team that decides to go in another direction at the quarterback position, all choose to go with a quarterback they take in April’s draft, which would be a risky move in a draft that doesn’t appear to feature any frachise quarterbacks, he hasn’t closed the door on returning to Philly to backup his good-friend Nick Foles.
“Yeah, if it doesn’t work out, if all else fails, absolutely,” he said. “You can never rule that out.
You can’t rule it out from Vick’s perspective, but I think you can from the Eagles perspective. Leave out the fact that Vick returning could ultimately turn into a quarterback distraction if Nick Foles has a slow start to 2014, but you would think that Chip Kelly would like to make right on his draft-pick of Matt Barkley. At least make right to the point of proving that he can be a good backup.
For Vick, he isn’t against answering questions about his future, but he is happy to be part of a team that has a chance to make a playoff run in his present.
“It all depends what happens, where I’m at in my career. Never rule it out. But I’m not thinking of that right now. I’m not thinking about the future. I’m just thinking about doing whatever I can to help this team win a Super Bowl.”’
Quotes in this article where used from an interview on CSN Philly with Vick, done by Reuben Frank.