Vick’s Philly career ends with a whimper

Reuters

The last time the Redskins hosted a Monday night game, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick had a night for the ages.  Now, his career in Philly most likely belongs to the ages.

The declaration from coach Andy Reid that rookie Nick Foles will serve as the starter for the balance of the season likely means that Vick will never play another down for the Eagles.  With a $15.5 million base salary due in 2013 and a short window after the Super Bowl to avoid guaranteeing several million of it, the Eagles will cut the cord on Vick, barring a dramatic reduction in the value of his deal.

That’ll happen only if the next coach wants Vick, and if Vick wants to stay.

Complicating Vick’s attitude toward the franchise surely will be the events that resulted in the decision to replace Vick with Foles.  Per a source close to Vick, it’s strongly believed that Vick would currently be playing, if the Eagles were still pursuing a playoff berth.

And so instead of dealing with the weekly speculation as to whether the Eagles are overstating Vick’s concussion in order to justify sticking with Foles, the Eagles have decided to make the change and go with Foles and render irrelevant the question of whether Vick can play.

As a result, he won’t play for the Eagles again this year — or most likely at any time in the future.

62 responses to “Vick’s Philly career ends with a whimper

  1. westcoastpackerfan says:
    Dec 3, 2012 8:48 PM
    Any team that signs Vick as the starter has no serious interest in winning a Super Bowl

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    J – E – T – S JETS – JETS – JETS

  2. westcoastpackerfan says: Dec 3, 2012 8:48 PM

    Any team that signs Vick as the starter has no serious interest in winning a Super Bowl
    So you think he’s going to be on the Jets next year.

  3. What a waste of three Eagles seasons. Oh well, it’s just about over. It really was a complete waste. I was resigned to a few years of meaningless Eagles football the day they decided to stick with him. Zero hope during that time period. Even if Foles turns out to be bad, at least we don’t already know he’s bad, as was the case with Vick.

  4. It ended poorly, but he did have a good “retribution” story after he came back. Like favres last year in Minnie, he took a TON of abuse from the other teams and in the media

  5. Vick will get another job. Ask Miami, NYJ, Buffalo, Seattle, Minnesota. There are plenty of opportunities for him. Plus a team could use him as a back-up. Competition should bring out the best of you unless you start over Tebow. Ask Sanchez and Orton.

  6. Andy Reid needs to take a year off and study the changes in the game before coaching again, because his system and evaluations of players talent have failed. This is a different type of game now then when he began coaching, and he needs to adjust to the new league and speed of the game before coaching again, and he’s not the only one who needs to do this. Good luck Andy

  7. So since it’s clear that Vick doesn’t have what it takes, does this mean we get to put him out of his misery like he did with his dogs that couldn’t perform?

  8. Never would have guessed that the Miracle At The New Meadowlands would be as good as it got for Vick in midnight green.

    Joe Webb and Antoine Winfield were the beginning of the end for Andy Reid and Michael Vick in Philadelphia. Since that game the Eagles have managed an 11-20 record.

  9. Should Vick not play another down this yr the inevitable will be delayed. Whatever team picks him up will be the team he will be forced to retire when he gets his next big concussion. Aikmen & Young we’re forced to retire b/c of concussions

  10. This sad man, growin up in Atlanta, Vick is still everybody’s hero….Wherever he end’s up I hope he listen’s to a good QB coach and ends up successful cause fact still remains, the Eagles gonna suck with him or without him

  11. I think Reid’s decision to go from Castillo to Mudd as the line coach, which required Vick to do intricate things as a QB like adjust the line calls to blitzes and such wasn’t a wise decision, amongst many other head scratchers from Andy the last few years.

    Well, it will be all over soon, Eagle fans. You’ll finally get your wish to replace Big Red.

  12. Canyonero says:
    Dec 3, 2012 8:52 PM
    Vick is old and beaten up at this point. It’s probably the end of the line.
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    Hard to believe he has been in the league for over a decade at this point isn’t it? I think it’s safe to say at this point that his best days are behind him.

    That being said, I believe someone will pick him up as a clipboard holder for 1-2 million a year if for nothing else than to make the other teams prepare for a wrinkle. He will go out with a whimper in a few years once his speed is even more shot than it already is.

  13. Vick is a lot better than people think. That Eagles O-Line is terrible. Maybe slightly better than the Bears O-Line. Put Vick behind a smart line and he will wreck havoc. I believe wherever Reid ends up, Vick will be there.

  14. I would not be surprised to see Vick follow Reid, to say, the Browns or even the Jets. Either way, the Michael Vick project is absolutely over in Philly. Without a doubt. The Eagles also picked an aweful year to be bad. This draft for QBs is bleek, even if they “win” the #1 overall.

  15. “Per a source close to Vick, it’s strongly believed that Vick would currently be playing, if the Eagles were still pursuing a playoff berth.

    Ya think? If Vick played better, maybe they’d be in the hunt. He didn’t. They suck. He’s benched. Makes sense to me

  16. If Vick is cleared and Foles gets injured…..Vick will play. Being a bit over dramatic in this article aren’t we?

  17. jessethegreat says:
    Dec 3, 2012 8:58 PM
    It ended poorly, but he did have a good “retribution” story after he came back. Like favres last year in Minnie, he took a TON of abuse from the other teams and in the media
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    You don’t mean “retribution.” You mean “redemption.”

    As for Vick, it seems he’s likely done in Philly. That said, as someone that hated him in Atlanta as a player and a person, I really came to like him in 2010. He seems like he’s turned his life around. And back then, he seemed like he was going to turn his career around too. Surprised to see this end this way.

  18. Reid was crazy to sign Vick 3 years ago. The guy has never been anything more than the black version of Tim Tebow (athletically speaking only). Vick has always been a gimmick even when with the Falcons. He is a running athlete, couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with his accuracy or read a defense. No team could ever win a SB with a QB like Vick. Getting older and without his speed, he has no other talent to rely on.

  19. Is Vick saying that the doctors are manipulating his concussion test results? That is the only way possible he would be playing if they were contending–since he has yet to pass them.

  20. Guy gets a 100 million dollar contract after 1 good game and it turns out to be a bust? Imagine that. Defensive coordinators dusted off their 2004 playbooks and that was it for Vick… again.

  21. Vick is only as good as his offensive line. In Philly, that means he’s terrible. He’ll be good if he goes to the Jets because they have a good OL!

  22. Um, well what if Foles stinks the last 4 games? what if he gets injured? What if Vick takes the inevitable huge pay cut and comes back and competes for the job next year? Whatever Florio he will still be getting page hits for at least the next18 months for you.

  23. Signing MV to that big contract was a huge mistake. He was never an NFL calibre QB, he ALWAYS got by with his world class athleticism. Guys who stand in the pocket and can read a defense will always be the most valuable type of QB in the NFL.

  24. It was inevitable that Michael Sick would end up like this. Once his body gave out, which was certain with his playing style–he couldn’t escape the reality that he just isn’t intelligent enough to be a good, consistent player. It has been wonderful watching his “career” end this way. He is getting everything he deserves. Unfortunately, some team somewhere will be foolish enough to sign him for 2013.

  25. What does Vick bring to the table? Physical frailty, including concussion susceptibility. The inability or unwillingness to read defenses. A hero complex which stops him from protecting himself and keeps him from giving up on dead plays. What can this guy do for your football team??

  26. Bet all the philly “fans” are gonna say they knew vick was gonna suck as soon as they signed him!
    but they sure did love him a couple years ago

  27. I can’t help but wonder if Chip Kelly could have success with Vick- wherever they end up. Simplify the game, speed it up, and take advantage of Vick’s athleticism.

  28. If Micheal Vick was on an Eagles team with an All Pro offensive line and Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens and a great tight end to throw to like former 49ers Left Handed Quarterback Steve Young had, would he play better if he had that all around better team around him ? Dang right he would ! How can you blame everything on a Quarterback who is playing behind a horrible pass blocking offensive line and who has players like Desean “play when I want to play” Jackson on the team ?

    If Micheal Vick does go to a different team in 2013 that has a great offensive line, and a few good or great receivers he will play well once again! You all will jump on the bandwagon once again! Just watch ! It’ll happen…

  29. Well hopefully everyone has had enough warning Vick is on the way out. You still have time to hide your dogs. He will be looking for a way to make a buck or two.

  30. How about this craziness: Reid/Vick to the Jets, Ryan to the Eagles. Vick may be a Ryan kind of guy, but it’s looking more and more like the Jets will dump Ryan after this disastrous season. Tebow would be smart to bail on the Jets, too, unless he likes riding the pine.

  31. What the hell “complicates Vick’s attitude towards the Eagles?” They signed him when no one would else was willing to. They rewarded his play with a ridiculous contract extension. They stuck with him, turnover after turnover and concussion after concussion. Vick should feel nothing but gratitude for how the Eagles have treated him.
    I really wish none of the 31 other teams would sign this sorry excuse for a human being. But, some QB desperate franchise will give Vick a shot.

  32. I still can’t get over the fact that less than 2 years ago, announcers and writers were calling Vick ‘the greatest player in the history of the NFL’, ‘unstoppable’, ‘changing the way the QB position is played’ etc. It shows you to never take the ‘experts’ seriously again.

  33. And thus begins the next (and final) phase of one of the more over-hyped and overrated athletes of our time.
    In the mid-2000’s if the topic was “who are the best QB’s in the NFL,” the all-knowing NFL talking heads would tell us, Brady, Manning, Brett Favre, Michael Vick…
    Wait, run that last name by me again?
    Why exactly is he on that list?
    Certainly not for his on-field achievements, which didn’t come close to matching the other three.
    I’m not surprised in the least it ended the way it did for him in Philly. Truth is, he was an average, occasionally above average, QB. That’s it.

  34. Michael Vick’s career has gone to the dogs. yes I remember when he was hailed as one of the greatest. He could not even shine the shoes of Aaron Rogers, Eli Manning, or Drew Brees. Hey I also remember that great QB class of 1983 with Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, John Elway (yes I am old:)). You even think Vick could light a candle to any of those guys? Not a chance!

  35. division2lbss says:
    Dec 3, 2012 9:07 PM
    This sad man, growin up in Atlanta, Vick is still everybody’s hero….Wherever he end’s up I hope he listen’s to a good QB coach and ends up successful cause fact still remains, the Eagles gonna suck with him or without him
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    This opinion is prevalent in Atlanta’s black community, and other black communities too.

    He was/is their hope. No matter what he did or will do, they’ll stand behind him because he’s from the same side of the tracks as they are.

    It’s a sad story, these people should aim much higher than someone like Mike Vick.

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