As Eagles quarterback Mike Vick prepares to make his official return to the NFL on Sunday as a Wildcat change-of-pace option, we’re now getting a taste of the full extent of the humble pie on which he has been forced to dine.
Vick thought he’d be welcomed back into the NFL as a starting quarterback, despite more than two years away from the game and a felony criminal conviction and incarceration for gambling and dogfighting.
“This is not the exact scenario I thought would play out,” Vick tells CBS in an interview to be aired Sunday, per Sean Leahy of USA Today. “I thought I’d be playing with a team and actually starting.”
Vick thinks that his return to a starting lineup is a matter of time.
“I know I can play this game,” Vick said. “I know I can play it for a
long time. I still have the speed, the quickness, and the mind to run an
(Some might think it wasn’t a mistake that Vick omitted “the arm” from that list.)
Vick’s chance to be a starter again could come in Philly. We firmly believe, based on everything we’ve seen and heard, that the Eagles signed Vick not so that he could eventually be the primary backup to Donovan McNabb or to handle a handful of snaps per game. We think the Eagles want to assess between now and the end of the season whether Vick can be the replacement for McNabb come 2010.
His first chance to prove the Eagles that he can be the long-term answer will come Sunday against the Chiefs.