February 13, 2013 |
Eagles coach Chip Kelly decided to bring back Michael Vick for another season with a restructured contract, but buried beneath his praise for Vick was his admission that the "landscape for other quarterbacks" wasn't very promising. And that essentially summed up Kelly's decision to keep Vick, even though a majority of Eagles fans seem ready to move on to the next phase the new coach represented. "I agree there is a change of scenery going on here," Kelly said Monday at the NovaCare Complex. "For Michael Vick, there is a change of scenery, but not a change of address.
August 22, 2013 |
Chip Kelly discussed the Eagles' quarterback situation with his coaches on Monday, then called Michael Vick and Nick Foles into his office on Tuesday morning. He later shared with all five quarterbacks what he told the top two: Michael Vick will be the Eagles' starting quarterback in 2013. Choosing the 33-year-old former Pro Bowler over a 24-year-old entering his second season was Kelly's biggest decision yet. It had become obvious that Vick was outplaying Foles after two preseason games.
December 30, 2012 |
Even though Michael Vick will start Sunday against the Giants in the Eagle's season finale, many have closed the book on his tenure with the team. But the Eagles could decide to bring him back for 2013. Vick is under contract through 2015. But he is due $15.5 million in base salary next season and the Eagles are unlikely to retain him at that figure if he is to compete with Nick Foles for the starting quarterback job or be the emergency backup. Would Vick be willing to renegotiate his contract?
December 19, 2012 |
In the who-is-more-likely-to be-back-next-season derby, Michael Vick leads Andy Reid by a nose, although both probably will finish out of the running. Vick spoke publicly Monday for the first time since he suffered a concussion on Nov. 11. He was asked whether he wanted to return to the Eagles next season, possibly in a backup role. Vick was noncommittal. "I just feel like I've got a lot of football to play," Vick said. "I feel like I've got a lot left in my tank. I'm enjoying the game, I feel fresh.
November 12, 2012
Michael Vick may have played his last game for the Eagles. If so, it was a fitting and, quite frankly, sad end to his tenure as quarterback. After yet another Eagles loss, a concussed Vick walked through the locker room with head trainer Rick Burkholder keeping ever so close. Vick appeared woozy, although it would be presumptuous to say he will not play Sunday at Washington. Last season, Vick suffered a concussion against the Falcons and still played the following week. But when he walked out of the locker room and through the corridor that rings the inside of Lincoln Financial Field, Vick stopped for a moment and Burkholder had to grab his hand and turn him toward an exit.
September 28, 2010
THERE ARE people who continue to vilify Michael Vick for past transgressions. It seems that his apology for what admittedly were absolutely atrocious actions means nothing to those who have imprisoned him in the hate compartment of their hearts. What can be more mean-spirited and callous than one who is deliberately unforgiving? Is that what we should teach our children - who and what we shouldn't forgive even if the transgressor has sincerely apologized? Have we become so self righteous and infallible that we now determine who is redeemable and who is not?
August 16, 2009 |
There are very few, if any, who don't know the general transgression of Michael Vick, the newest Philadelphia Eagle and former inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan.: dogfighting. But to understand the polarized reaction to his signing, and to understand his role as an advocate for the Humane Society, the gruesome details of Vick's dogfighting history can help shine a light on where Vick has come from and, during his time in Philadelphia, what he has pledged to do. On Dec. 10, 2007, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Vick to 23 months in prison and told the former star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, "You were instrumental in promoting, funding and facilitating this cruel and inhumane sporting activity.
October 31, 2012 |
THE DATE was Sept. 21, 2010. It was the day after Andy Reid had said that Kevin Kolb was still his starting quarterback, despite how well Michael Vick had played for a game-and-a-half while Kolb nursed a concussion. At about 5:45 p.m., the blast text arrived from the team: "Andy Reid names Michael Vick as team's starting quarterback. Reid will be available on conference call with media at 6:30 . . . " And so it began, what likely was the beginning of the end. It remains the move in Reid's 14-season tenure that will be debated most because it is the move that likely will get him fired.
November 30, 2010
NO MATTER how great he plays, Michael Vick is still a monster. I'm sick of hearing people defend him with "he paid his dues. " I highly suggest you read the book "The Lost Dogs" by Jim Gorant. Out of the dogs that were saved, some of them are still terrified of their surroundings - crawling with their heads so low to the ground and tails between their legs. These poor dogs will never forget. Vick, if you're reading this, how about when you're not running around throwing a ball, you spend your time in our animal-control shelter walking dogs (like the small community of us volunteers do)