When Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was asked about competing for the starting job in June, he said he hoped that coach Chip Kelly would name a starter before training camp so that he, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley could avoid answering constant questions about where things stand during training camp.
That’s not going to happen, which means Vick is going to keep facing those questions. He got them during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon on Tuesday and he was more accepting of the state of affairs this time around. Vick said it’s a “great competition” and that he’s looking forward to it continuing once the team gets to camp.
“I have no resentment, no disappointment within myself as far as what the situation is right now because the truth of the matter is you gotta compete every day,” Vick said. “You gotta compete on Sundays. You gotta compete off the field, you gotta compete on the field. And I understand that and that’s the fun part about the game we play. If it was easy then it wouldn’t be fun.”
It’s a more politically correct answer than his last one, although one imagines Vick would find it enjoyable to be secure in the starting role as well.
A report out of Philly this week placed Foles ahead of Vick after spring practices, with his accuracy cited as one of the reasons why he’s looked better than Vick. Kelly has stressed accuracy over the course of the offseason, making that an important basis for comparison albeit a speculative one since Kelly has been firm about not making any decision before he’s totally convinced.
That leaves Vick with time to bolster his case for another chance to lead the Eagles.