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Vick: “There’s tremendous upside” to starting

Michael Vick, Robert Griffin III AP

Nick Foles‘ broken hand means Michael Vick is going to be back in the starting lineup one more time for the Eagles in Week 17.

Vick was at a charity event Monday when he found out that he would go from not dressing against the Redskins to starting against the Giants. He said he was “elated” to get a chance to get back on the football field and said that he planned to “seize the moment” that’s fallen into his lap.

“It’s a good opportunity for me to go out there and grow as a player. You never know what could come out of this game,” Vick said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “You never know what I could learn. You never know what I could accomplish. I could go out there and break a record. There’s tremendous upside.”

Vick’s not going to erase the bad of his season with a good game in Week 17, but it would leave a better image in the heads of NFL decision makers before his likely arrival on the open market come the offseason. He’s had big games against the Giants in the past and their defense has been smacked around in each of the last two weeks so it’s not the worst setting for him to make a positive impression.

Are we likely to see records? Probably not, but playing well would be enough for Vick.

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  1. gallaghedj311 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:13 PM

    Way to state the obvious. What’s gonna be better is the annoucement after the game from Jeffrey Lurie that Andy will be returning. And I’m gonna spend the better part of the first 4 months of 2013 laughing at every single person in the media who have been indicating since October that he gets fired.

  2. superputman says: Dec 24, 2012 6:15 PM

    He’s probably going to tear it up out there. This is an audition for his next job and his next paycheck.. the Contract Year Syndrome boiled down to just 1 game. Should be fun to watch.

  3. arson81 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:17 PM

    Run, Mike, Run!!!!

  4. backindasaddle says: Dec 24, 2012 6:26 PM

    You have already had your “opportunity”…and you squandered it. In fact, you’ve been given many opportunities and as soon as you become comfortable in your status as the starter you get complacent, mentally lazy and revert back to your lack luster preparation. When you need to get it done you prepare hard…like when you got out of jail and needed to re-establish yourself again. You worked hard and prepared hard…and it showed. This year, and in fact, the vast majority of your pro career you simply don’t give it your full effort from a preparation standpoint. You are mentally lazy and mentally weak. You have no discipline. You have the physical tools to be phenomenal but you are a complete failure relative to what you could be. Nothing sadder that wasted talent.

  5. skoobyfl says: Dec 24, 2012 6:27 PM

    This game is worth Millions to him.

  6. wayne1693 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:27 PM

    I am a huge fan, but he has to get re-committed in the off-season, with the passion and tenacity he had for dog-fighting.

  7. snowpea84 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:31 PM

    He’s going to get crushed. Because he isn’t good and he gets beaten pretty badly almost every game for a while now.

  8. t16rich says: Dec 24, 2012 6:32 PM

    If Chip Kelly is hired, I could see Michael Vick as the Eagles starter next year. Would have to be on a pay cut, but the Eagles hire Kelly, I just can’t see him running an offense with Foles.

  9. yahmule says: Dec 24, 2012 6:44 PM

    On his wish list to Santa is some team stupid enough to give him a starting job. What should be on his list is a brain and some common human decency.

  10. tuberippin says: Dec 24, 2012 6:59 PM

    “You never know what I could learn. You never know what I could accomplish. I could go out there and break a record. I could go out there, break some bones, and get guaranteed $3,000,000 from the Eagles organization. There’s tremendous upside.”

  11. lostsok says: Dec 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    I hope he falls on his dog-murdering face.

  12. gcsuk says: Dec 24, 2012 7:13 PM

    Couldn’t ask for a better game to start. The Giants have been horrible the last 2 weeks, and the pass rush is absolutely non-existent. They look to be merely playing out the string, even when they had something to play for. Giants have had horrible luck against Philly for the last 4 or 5 years anyway, so this one has a recipe for success for Vick.

  13. eagleaniac says: Dec 24, 2012 7:23 PM

    He has given Eagles fans some very fun games and has gotten up from more vicious hits that anyone I’ve ever watched. I may not want him back next year but I hope he has a great game!

  14. dalucks says: Dec 24, 2012 7:31 PM

    How come people assume Michael Vick needs to take a paycut at 15 million when he is still a better quarterback than Carson Palmer (15 million), Jay Cutler (13 million), Phillip Rivers (14 million), Matt Schaub (14 million), Ryan Fitzpatrick (12 million), Joe Flacco (soon to be 14 million),Matt Stafford (12 million), Sam Bradford (12 million) along with every quarterback on the Jets roster (12 million) and Cardinals roster (15 million)?
    Looking at the going rate of the NFL “franchise” quarterbacks who are not elite and will never be elite, 15 million for Michael Vick is a good deal especially if he has a good offensive line. Unfortunately in Philadelphia, Jeffery Luria would rather be 30 million under the cap instead of spending some money on the offensive line.
    If Vick needs to take a paycut then so does every quarterback on this list.

  15. realskipbayless says: Dec 24, 2012 7:35 PM

    I hope he throws like 5 ints and fumbles the ball another 3 times.

  16. gallaghedj311 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:54 PM

    dalucks says:Dec 24, 2012 7:31 PM

    How come people assume Michael Vick needs to take a paycut at 15 million when he is still a better quarterback than

    Please stop. Vick isn’t that fast anymore. I know because I had to watch him the past 3 years. He turns the ball over like it’s part of his job description. No way he’s better than Schaub or Cutler right now. Plus both of those QB got their teams into the playoffs. I wanted Vick to play over Kolb and play well he did for that contract. Then it was poop. Poop on Andy, Poop on the offense, and Poop for the fans. Gimme Foles and another year of Andy please. With Kiffin to run the defense. Yessir…. Merry Christmas!

  17. 7to10for6allday says: Dec 24, 2012 8:00 PM

    Yea, no playoffs for giants either. Vick is going to tear their D up. Pass rush has been week and the secondary is like Swiss cheese.

  18. tinbender2000 says: Dec 24, 2012 8:05 PM

    “You never know what I could learn. You never know what I could accomplish. I could go out there and break a record. ”

    Great. Now he thinks he’s a Who in Whoville.

  19. trevadaddy says: Dec 24, 2012 8:08 PM

    Which record does he have in mind?

  20. fuglyflorio says: Dec 24, 2012 8:10 PM

    The ‘who cares’ bowl.

  21. gcsuk says: Dec 24, 2012 8:12 PM

    7to10for6allday says:
    Dec 24, 2012 8:00 PM
    Yea, no playoffs for giants either. Vick is going to tear their D up. Pass rush has been week and the secondary is like Swiss cheese.
    ———————————————————
    Oh gee. Look who crawled out of the woodwork. Guess your screen name doesn’t make much sense these days, does it? You’re going to have to come up with a new one for next year.

  22. fordmandalay says: Dec 24, 2012 8:48 PM

    Vick just might start one more bidding war between all the teams with horrible QBs, and there’s a lot of them; Jets, Cardinals, Chiefs, Bills, Titans, Jaguars, Vikings, Raiders… could Vick get his THIRD $100 million contract?

  23. helloanybodyhome says: Dec 24, 2012 8:56 PM

    I could go out there and break a record

    Or….you could get, yet another concussion.

  24. dalucks says: Dec 24, 2012 8:58 PM

    @gallaghedj311

    Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler are the starting quarterbacks on teams that have made the playoffs. As a Texan fan, I know that Matt Schaub is nothing special and definitely not elite. Also, it is not a guarantee the Bears make the playoffs this season.
    Neither quarterback leads their team as the defense of the Texans and Bears make everything happen for both of those teams. The backups could get those teams to the playoffs.

  25. eagleswin says: Dec 24, 2012 9:03 PM

    t16rich says:
    Dec 24, 2012 6:32 PM
    If Chip Kelly is hired, I could see Michael Vick as the Eagles starter next year. Would have to be on a pay cut, but the Eagles hire Kelly, I just can’t see him running an offense with Foles.

    ————————–

    Please no chip kelly. College coaches out to revolutionize the offensive side of the ball in the NFL rarely ever work out.

  26. phillybirds says: Dec 24, 2012 9:11 PM

    The media didn’t create speculation that Andy Reid would be fired after a bad season this year. Jeffrey Lurie did.

    This is for the person who made the first response here.

    Good luck Vick!

  27. bamboozle99 says: Dec 24, 2012 9:11 PM

    Way to put your team first.

  28. 7to10for6allday says: Dec 24, 2012 9:17 PM

    @gcsuk;

    Actually, I will come up with a new name. Not sure what that has to do with the fact that the giants blow…..hey didn’t the eagles beat the giants already this year? And my name wouldn’t bother you unless u were a giants fan….oops

  29. illcomm says: Dec 24, 2012 9:24 PM

    hopefully ownership steps in and makes Edwards start. no reason to win a useless game n ruin our draft board

  30. 2difshoe says: Dec 24, 2012 9:24 PM

    dalucks says:
    Dec 24, 2012 7:31 PM
    How come people assume Michael Vick needs to take a paycut at 15 million when he is still a better quarterback than Carson Palmer (15 million), Jay Cutler (13 million), Phillip Rivers (14 million), Matt Schaub (14 million), Ryan Fitzpatrick (12 million), Joe Flacco (soon to be 14 million),Matt Stafford (12 million), Sam Bradford (12 million) along with every quarterback on the Jets roster (12 million) and Cardinals roster (15 million)?

    =======================================

    Daluck, the only thing Vick is better at doing than the 8 QB’s you list, is punishing dogs that are underachievring…Daluck, Vick is an underachiever, taking a 15 percent paycut for it is gift… those poor animals should have only faired so better.

  31. jagsandliquor says: Dec 24, 2012 9:30 PM

    Come to J-ville Vick

  32. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 24, 2012 9:34 PM

    Doesn’t matter if he does great or not… Dude is going to Buffalo where he will experience pain & suffering.

  33. packerpauly says: Dec 24, 2012 9:49 PM

    I agree with Vick that this opportunity presents “tremendous upside” for him. After the season he’s had, there’s no other direction to go but up.

  34. skinsgal4life says: Dec 24, 2012 9:59 PM

    Record broken??? I can’t believe Vick said that. What a loser! He may be “better” than a few other QB’s out there, but as far as being a total scumbag, he is definitely elite!!!

  35. 69finfan says: Dec 24, 2012 10:09 PM

    Vick could “seize the moment” or he could just seize up. I’m thinking the latter.

  36. noring4youstill says: Dec 24, 2012 10:16 PM

    Well look on the bright side. You get to hold a clipboard. Although Vick doesn’t know what all those Xs Os and Lines are.

  37. gallaghedj311 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:46 PM

    You do make a point sir. I misspoke regarding the bears. But at 32, losing a significant step in his game, and being injury prone, and with the added drama his name carries, there are other, cheaper options with far more upside than to pay him 15 million. He ain’t better than Flacco either. Good luck to your Texans.

  38. phillyphan72 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:01 PM

    He said he wouldn’t let Andy down this year….Well he did…Goodbye and good riddance

  39. theblowtorchreview says: Dec 24, 2012 11:16 PM

    The Dawg Killa is no longer NFL starting material. He has a terrible attitude and he’s getting old and broken down. He might have a good game here and there, but the hay days (big money) are over for him.

  40. bleedgreen11 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:18 PM

    Of course he will ball out. There is money on the table here. It’s make it or break it for him now. This is the only time he plays well, when it’s time for a new contract. I just hope these goons don’t get fall back in love with him.

    I think he could be a better quarterback behind a better offensive line, BUT I don’t think he is a great QB and he is on the down fall. Linebackers are faster than him now, still cannot read a thing out on the field. Good riddance if he leaves.

    I also think Nick Foles would do better behind a better offensive line, but not sure he is the answer either.

    Chip Kelly ’13. Run the rock.

  41. amctjc says: Dec 24, 2012 11:20 PM

    I can only imagine what the Giants are thinking…..oh crap we need a win and the eagles found a Giant Killer just in time

  42. skiss68 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:27 PM

    What is the record for most turnovers in a game anyways???

  43. azdesertdweller says: Dec 24, 2012 11:32 PM

    I see several 3 & outs, fumbles, & picks. Can’t wait. Should be a fantastic game.

  44. fumblenuts says: Dec 25, 2012 12:55 AM

    I smell another bell-ringer on tap….

  45. dfalcon3522 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:41 AM

    @backindasaddle says…..

    BINGO SIR. He did the same thing in atlanta! He half does everything. Just imagine what he could have been like if he put the time like manning’s, Brady, brees, etc. I have heard a lot of talk around here that Matt Ryan studies as much as Peyton Manning. Most outside of atl will find that laughable but I have heard it over and over from people with nothing to gain by saying it.

  46. wolfmanpatriot says: Dec 25, 2012 4:02 AM

    skiss68 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:27 PM

    What is the record for most turnovers in a game anyways???
    =========================

    Ask Sanchez.

  47. joetoronto says: Dec 25, 2012 6:24 AM

    He really thinks he’s a good QB, the delusional sociopath. SMH.

  48. chrisk61 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:59 AM

    frankly this is bad new for g-chicks. they could probably beat foles without much effort. but vick is a different story. vick will be possessed and the eagles will then say, “hey we got a chance.” and final outcome is no playoffs for little blue, which is a small xmas gift for eagles fans in a season otherwise overflowing with coal.

  49. pondbridge says: Dec 25, 2012 7:15 AM

    Too late. Last games are ignored by other teams’ scouts because you’re playing against B-teamers or Don’t-Carers. No one in their right mind will pay millions for a player who is only upright for four games per season. Which of course means that the Bills or Cards or Raid Duhs are preparing offers for No Longer Quick Vick.

  50. 69finfan says: Dec 25, 2012 8:35 AM

    Vick could “seize the moment” or he could seize up. I’m thinking the latter.

  51. division2lbss says: Dec 25, 2012 8:58 AM

    Hope he makes the most of it

  52. voiceofrealism says: Dec 25, 2012 9:09 AM

    fordmandalay says: Dec 24, 2012 8:48 PM
    … could Vick get his THIRD $100 million contract?
    ———————————————-
    WOW! That is one incredible delusion you’ve got going there. If any GM gives Vick a 50 mil contract, they should be fired immediately. I doubt he even get a multi year contract.

  53. pixelito says: Dec 25, 2012 9:35 AM

    For what it’s worth, Vick and the Eagles are going to destroy the Giants next week.

  54. greenbirdish says: Dec 25, 2012 10:05 AM

    I think Vick could easily go off. He seems to play well when he needs to prove a point. His first season with the eagles shows that.

  55. gcsuk says: Dec 25, 2012 10:58 AM

    7to10for6allday says:
    Dec 24, 2012 9:17 PM
    @gcsuk;

    Actually, I will come up with a new name. Not sure what that has to do with the fact that the giants blow…..hey didn’t the eagles beat the giants already this year? And my name wouldn’t bother you unless u were a giants fan….oops
    ————————————————————

    Yes, I am a Giants fan. You know, that team that ISN’T in last place in the NFC East this year? You know, that team that still has (admittedly slim to none) a CHANCE at a playoff berth this year? You know, that team that WASN’T eliminated by Week 10?

  56. tdrundmc says: Dec 25, 2012 11:28 AM

    Let me know when melted ice takes Atlanta to an NFC title game. Vick is a great talent he’ll have no problems finding work next season.

  57. dolphins4 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:29 AM

    All of you people that want Andy Reid gone are going to miss him alot when he is gone and the Eagles finish in the bottom half of the league every year.

  58. dolphins4 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:32 AM

    The Eagles ought make Didinger the head coach and GM he knows everything about winning football or so he thinks.

  59. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:40 PM

    So let me get this straight. Eagles fans want Chip Kelly to replace Andy Reid. Oh yeah that’s going to work.

    Looking forward to more disgruntled Eagles fans meltdowns next year. Like that fat “EDP” cat who cusses the eagles out on YouTube every week.

  60. oldbyrd says: Dec 25, 2012 6:51 PM

    The Eagles now have a lock on the 4th pick in the draft. I hate to route against my Birds but, a loss is best in the big picture. That 4th pick can be traded down or what ever. We have to look at the big picture starting 2013. Let’s hope Vic is rusty.

  61. teedraper says: Dec 26, 2012 4:12 PM

    If the Eagles hire Chip Kelly then they’re not getting rid of Vick. Fowles insnt going to be able to run Kelly’s offense.

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