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Vick says he’s “never” been in situation like current quarterback competition

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Two weeks into training camp, Eagles coach Chip Kelly seems to be no closer to knowing who his starting quarterback will be in one month and one day.  For one of the contenders, it’s an unprecedented life experience.

I’ve never been in this situation before in my life,” Vick said in response to the news that he’ll start the preseason opener and Nick Foles will start the second preseason game, via Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com.  “I’ve been in positions where I’ve had to compete for a job coming out of college, but it’s never been this severe.  But I’m just taking it in stride, man.  I can’t control the future, I can’t predict the future.  I can just control what I can control.  I can’t do it all.  I can’t do everything.  But the one thing I’m gonna do is have fun.”

Vick may be taking it in stride, but at a certain level he has to be dismayed.  He has declared that this is still “my job” and “my team,” and it’s now clear that it’s anything but, on both counts.

On the surface, it appears Kelly wants to see what Vick and Nick Foles do during the preseason games before picking a starter.  At a deeper level, Kelly possibly believes the sense of competition will make the guy who wins the job even better, despite the reduced practice reps and preseason snaps.

Or maybe he wants to showcase both guys because he knows that the runner up will be put on the trading block.

If not, the No. 2 quarterback will quickly become intensely popular in Philly, if the Eagles struggle in September, particularly when Andy Reid returns to town with the Chiefs on September 19.

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73 Responses to “Vick says he’s “never” been in situation like current quarterback competition”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 8, 2013 1:41 PM

    Weird, I thought he’s been involved in a bunch of dogfights.

  2. dgreenfi says: Aug 8, 2013 1:42 PM

    Wasn’t he in this situation with Kolb?

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 8, 2013 1:43 PM

    Chip Kelly may be the only coach in Vick’s history to actually get his attention and make him really earn the job. I can’t say enough about the further humbling that Vick is getting having to compete with a 2nd year guy. The job will be Vick’s in the end & he’ll breathe a huge sigh of relief, continue to know he’s on a short leash and will play his ass off.

  4. flybirdhaters27 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:43 PM

    One thing you can control is your brother running his mouth on Twitter. The guy is a menace and a disgrace to society.

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Aug 8, 2013 1:44 PM

    Neither has Tom Brady

  6. skoobyfl says: Aug 8, 2013 1:45 PM

    It’s called old age, which comes real early in football.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 8, 2013 1:46 PM

    Not that college coach Kelly would know it, but it isn’t that easy evaluating QBs in NFL preseason games. Vick may face starters on the defense and Foles may face back ups and vice versa. It’s just impossible to create a level playing field to measure them.

    If Kelly can’t figure it out in practice, then he can’t evaluate at all evidently.

  8. chrisbermanpleasegoaway says: Aug 8, 2013 1:46 PM

    Sometimes it’s hard to teach and old dog new tricks.

  9. ninerfan81 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:46 PM

    thats probably a part of the problem Mike

  10. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 8, 2013 1:50 PM

    He’s right, Vick has always had things handed to him.

  11. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 8, 2013 1:52 PM

    I would love to see Barkley outperform both Foles and Vick.

    I know. It won’t happen. But that would be some fun football to watch.

  12. phinfan says: Aug 8, 2013 1:54 PM

    Thats because YOU NEVER SUCKED SO BAD!!!!

  13. justintuckrule says: Aug 8, 2013 1:55 PM

    Nothing like diminishing the snaps of a QB learning and running a brand new offense. Smart move coach.

  14. GenXJay says: Aug 8, 2013 1:55 PM

    because Vick is old and he equates to a 3rd stringer out of USC.

  15. nananatman says: Aug 8, 2013 1:56 PM

    Must be a dog fight in Philly.

  16. gopblows says: Aug 8, 2013 2:03 PM

    The only real qb competition is between Foles & Barkley as in who will win the Clipboard duties.

  17. CKL says: Aug 8, 2013 2:03 PM

    Has there ever been another QB in recent NFL history who had about one half of a great Qb performance year ever in his 10 year plus career (2010) who never had to compete for a job in the pros? Pretty sad.

  18. ravenallday says: Aug 8, 2013 2:04 PM

    @YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says… You too? Another Butt clown bringing up dog fighting! Please walk slow across traffic. Do me that solid?

  19. bsaleen12 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:05 PM

    Does anyone really believe Foles will win the starting job over Vick?
    If Chipper can’t make a decision by now that just goes to show how much trouble the Eagles are in this year.
    If neither QB has earned the starting spot yet, than their probably isn’t a starting QB on your roster.

  20. kmatic1 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:08 PM

    You Foles supporters are a bunch of baffoons..No matter your judgement or your PERSONAL assessment of Vick is , you know deep down VICK is the better QB and especially for Chip Kelly’s Offense..Cut it out Please.

  21. brettfavresmidget says: Aug 8, 2013 2:10 PM

    Vick: This is the year I learn how to slide.

  22. crubenst says: Aug 8, 2013 2:16 PM

    Ahhhhh. Chip Kelly the mastermind. Already accomplishing what Belichek tries to instill in his players… worry only about what YOU can control. Genius.

  23. detroitlionstoronto says: Aug 8, 2013 2:17 PM

    It must be “ruff” on him being in this position.

  24. rc33 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:18 PM

    I can envision the dogs saying the exact same thing.

  25. mannyicey says: Aug 8, 2013 2:24 PM

    Vick: I haven’t seen anything like this either. I’ve never seen a situation where everyone that knows football knows who the starter is- including the head coach and the starter himself; but we keep hearing in the press about some competition.

    Like we’re stupid or something. People can dislike the comment until the cows come home, but everyone knows that Vick is the starter. I mean, Vick’s expensive. He’s guaranteed $3.5 Million. His cap hit is over $7 million. He took the deal and the Eagles offered the deal because of the new offense. Chip Kelly was in on the decision.

    That means that Vick’s salary is almost twice the amount of the sum total of all of the other salaries of the QBs in Eagles camp. All for a possible backup. We’re supposed to believe this.

    Oh, and the reason why is because the offense was custom made for a Vick-type player. But Nick Foles had a shot, right? You see how this doesn’t make sense? Maybe not. Maybe your hatred of Vick can cloud your judgement that bad.

  26. 1rockyracoon says: Aug 8, 2013 2:24 PM

    Vick is wrong when he said he “can’t control the future.” Don’t turn the ball over and start playing smart–for example, go out of bounds after you pick up the first down instead of running into a defender for 1 extra yard. Do that and you will be the starter. Control the future.

  27. ravensenvysteelers says: Aug 8, 2013 2:25 PM

    What he means is he can’t believe someone as bad as Foles might beat him.

  28. bux1022 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:27 PM

    Definitely not an eagles fan but all you idiots that keep making dog references aren’t funny! As much as you think your being “witty” it actually shows your intelligence level. It was funny 2 years ago. PBT is plagued with fake comedians. Don’t quit your day jobs jerks! But if u do it always easy to get another fast food job!

  29. byroan says: Aug 8, 2013 2:29 PM

    flybirdhaters27 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:43 PM

    One thing you can control is your brother running his mouth on Twitter. The guy is a menace and a disgrace to society.

    ———————

    Since when can you control what someone else does?

  30. bux1022 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:29 PM

    Kelly is having difficulties making a decision because he can’t cut it as a professional coach and he barely started the damn job! He’ll be back in the college ranks in 2 seasons!

  31. matt24bucs says: Aug 8, 2013 2:34 PM

    Wow Mike (Ron Mexico), you are one spoiled prima-dona! I cannot believe you say something like this-and out loud.

  32. dirk504 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    Anyone other than Vick, and they’ll be drafting Clowney at #1 next year.

  33. davereckon says: Aug 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    dallascowboysdishingthereal says:
    Aug 8, 2013 1:46 PM
    Not that college coach Kelly would know it, but it isn’t that easy evaluating QBs in NFL preseason games. Vick may face starters on the defense and Foles may face back ups and vice versa. It’s just impossible to create a level playing field to measure them.

    If Kelly can’t figure it out in practice, then he can’t evaluate at all evidently.
    ____________________________________

    Good one.

    Who’s calling your plays this year? Did we figure that out yet?

  34. doomsdaydefensetx says: Aug 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    Ahh I remember the “Dynasty Talk” days lol

  35. justintuckrule says: Aug 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    Giants’ fan here hoping Kelly picks Foles. Foles sucks.

  36. eagleseagleseagles says: Aug 8, 2013 2:56 PM

    “Wasn’t he in this situation with Kolb?”

    Was he really though…..come on.

  37. briang123 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:57 PM

    Michael Vick is fighting for a starting job that he clearly deserves, Vince Young is fighting for a roster spot, and no one will give JaMarcus Russell a second chance. Yet bums like Blaine Gabbert, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Carson Palmer are cruising stress-free through training camp. Hmmm..Vick, Young, and Russell are black, and the other guys are white. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?

  38. geo1113 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Aug 8, 2013 1:44 PM
    Neither has Tom Brady
    ———————–

    Sure he did. Every year at Michigan, he had to compete for the job. Even with New England, he was not handed the job. He earned it when Bledsoe went down, because of his play. If Brady didn’t play as well as he did, Bledsoe would have been the starter when he returned.

  39. ososrule says: Aug 8, 2013 3:05 PM

    Can’t wait for Vick to get out of the NFL! So sick of the attention this guy gets…

  40. phelbin says: Aug 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    kmatic1 says:

    You Foles supporters are a bunch of baffoons..No matter your judgement or your PERSONAL assessment of Vick is , you know deep down VICK is the better QB and especially for Chip Kelly’s Offense..Cut it out Please.

    - – - – - – - – - – -

    Forget about mobility. Running an uptempo and read option offense requires reading defenses and quick decision-making. Vick doesn’t do either of those. Foles, on the other hand, ran read option at Arizona pretty successfully behind a very mediocre offensive line. He’s got the football IQ that Vick doesn’t. That’s what matters most in the NFL.

  41. CKL says: Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    briang123 says:
    Aug 8, 2013 2:57 PM
    Michael Vick is fighting for a starting job that he clearly deserves, Vince Young is fighting for a roster spot, and no one will give JaMarcus Russell a second chance. Yet bums like Blaine Gabbert, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Carson Palmer are cruising stress-free through training camp. Hmmm..Vick, Young, and Russell are black, and the other guys are white. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?
    _________________________________
    Russell drugged and lazed his way out of the league, whitey had nothing to do with it. Vince Young was immature and had two opportunities he blew after he was in Tenn. Ryan Fitzpatrick was let go because Buff drafted a black QB who is more talented than he is. He’s a backup right now in Tenn. Gabbert is a young guy who doesn’t have a better option to compete with and was a 1st rounder.

    Meanwhile, Manuel is likely going to start over Kolb. At some point, Geno Smith will probably start in NY. Russell Wilson beat out a white QB in Sea. Josh Freeman is the starter in TB. Kaepernick earned his starting job over a white QB who was playing pretty well in SF. Anyone wonder why no one brings up race with those QBs? Well…because they all earned/ are earning what they got, unlike anything Vick ever did. Continuing to use race as a scapegoat for things in the NFL is absurd and is a disservice to the many many many deserving black players in this league who earned what they got.

  42. whatjusthapped says: Aug 8, 2013 3:24 PM

    Vick should take solace in the fact that no matter who wins the QB competition, the loser will fare better than one of the dogs in his kennel.

  43. twilson962 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:26 PM

    Would you call this competition a…. dog fight?

  44. hanifmiller says: Aug 8, 2013 3:32 PM

    Whether you love or hate Vick the dog fight comments are getting old–unless your a 13 year old boy or a card carrying member of Pita. Enough already.

  45. hanifmiller says: Aug 8, 2013 3:32 PM

    Whether you love or hate Vick the dog fight comments are getting old–unless your a 13 year old boy or a card carrying member of Pita. Enough already.

  46. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    Vick. Once a bottom feeding pig, always a bottom feeding pig.

  47. hotep999 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:57 PM

    Chip is a sneaky one.. IMO.. whoever doesn’t tear an ACL is the starter… hehehe…

  48. negativten says: Aug 8, 2013 4:14 PM

    johnnyjagfan said “short leash”

  49. whatwhat2013 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:39 PM

    He never had to compete for his spot on the All-Prison Team.

  50. randomcommenter says: Aug 8, 2013 4:57 PM

    That explains why Vick is so motivated. He thinks the loser of the competition will be electrocuted with a car battery and buried in the back yard.

  51. sandblastermoron says: Aug 8, 2013 5:02 PM

    “I’ve never been in this situation before in my life,” ———-its called the “dog” days of summer!!!

  52. nealjr80 says: Aug 8, 2013 5:08 PM

    Chinese eat dogs, go hate on them!

  53. donnymacjack says: Aug 8, 2013 5:14 PM

    How is it that Barkley is not even in the running to start? I mean the guy was a consensus first round pick if he’d come out a year earlier. Yes he had a bad year, but so has Vick (in fact many of them). It doesn’t make sense to me that Barkley isn’t being given any consideration. What kind of competition is that?

  54. newjerseygiants says: Aug 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    I’m sure Philly will enjoy last place in the NFC East.

  55. calibird707 says: Aug 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    Vick will be much better off in a RUN based offense. Moronwheg and Reid had him dropping back 35-40 times a game behind a shredded line. Something tells me coach Kelly won’t make the same mistake. His reads should be much more defined. You haters make me laugh.

  56. skinsgal4life says: Aug 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    CKL…..great post!!! RGIII replaced a white quarterback as well, and ‘Skins fans couldn’t be happier! I hope to see Philly in last place!

  57. mannyicey says: Aug 8, 2013 5:52 PM

    Phelbin said-

    Forget about mobility. Running an uptempo and read option offense requires reading defenses and quick decision-making. Vick doesn’t do either of those. Foles, on the other hand, ran read option at Arizona pretty successfully behind a very mediocre offensive line. He’s got the football IQ that Vick doesn’t. That’s what matters most in the NFL.

    Phelbin- When did Nick Foles run the Read Option? Mike Stoops never ran the read option. Ever!

    Are you talking about Rich Rodriguez? Matt Scott ran the spread option for him. Nick Foles never ran it because in a Read Option, you must be able to have RUNNING as an option. If not, you’re in the Run N Shoot!

    That’s why this whole “QB Controversy” is so silly to people who know football. Dennis Dixon has a better chance to run a Read Option offense than Nick Foles.

  58. dogtrainer7 says: Aug 8, 2013 5:59 PM

    Having been a Chip Kelly fan for years I can tell you this he was the same way with the Ducks.
    All in all, it is a great plan and players like Vick just need to get over his ego.
    This isn`t about just one guy and that mentality is what Kelly brings to the team.
    Look at how many players he had work at other positions.
    Kelly will get everything he can out of every player
    It`s all about how much can we confuse the defense isn`t it?
    I would bet my bottom dollar that their may be times in the spread that you will see Vick, Foyles and a tailback in there with receivers or Tight ends.
    Heck he may just use Vick as a Tailback and use the tailback for blocking.
    Kelly is all about speed and lets face it, Vick has some.
    These guys just need to get over themselves. This is NOT some version of the Wildcat and Kelly will use all the talent at his disposal to win games.

  59. ballreaper says: Aug 8, 2013 6:03 PM

    I can’t help but to think there is more than a handful of teams with good defense.. and just missing that piece at QB where he would fit perfectly.I think he and his agent was misled by the eagles thats why they put pen to the contract option(thinking since kelly was coming aboard his scheme was suited for him).

    Had they known this sillyness would be taking place, they would NOT have sign that option and just ask to be traded.
    Could you imagine him for instance on a team like the vikings, where AP sucks them in underneath and he makes them pay with his big ARM over the top and vice versa.

  60. kingpel says: Aug 8, 2013 6:10 PM

    Let me break this down for Mike. You are inconsistent. The reason for this is because you can not handle success. The second things go good for you, your head gets big and you slack. When your back is against the wall and people count you out, you ball. Chip Kelly is keeping you hungry old man and it is exactly what you and the Eagles need. Suck it up!

  61. bleedeaglegreen says: Aug 8, 2013 6:14 PM

    nealjr80 says:
    Aug 8, 2013 5:08 PM
    Chinese eat dogs, go hate on them!
    ================================
    Did Vick eat the dogs he tortured? No he did it because in some way it made him feel all warm & fuzzy inside. He ENJOYED just torturing for the sake of torturing. The Chinese are eating what they kill, Vick did it for old fashioned entainment. Do you see the difference yet?

  62. bleedeaglegreen says: Aug 8, 2013 6:15 PM

    *entertainment

  63. floriosbigtoe says: Aug 8, 2013 6:57 PM

    I love how some people think Vick is still a good QB. He’s shown he can’t make slow reads. How is he gonna run an offense where he has to make quick ones? If he does start the season, he won’t finish it.

  64. 1bigtex says: Aug 8, 2013 8:20 PM

    I’m going to go way out on a limb here and guess that briang123 is African American. Anyone think I’m wrong?

  65. rjth2012 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:50 PM

    Oddly enough I wrote a well defined comment (an hour plus ago) on Vick & Foles & the Eagles. The last sentence stated “that the national media is wrong 90% of the time about your team (the team your a fan of). I continued that we as fans know much more about OUR TEAMS then these national media people. I included Mike Florio in that. Then the comment disappears. WHERE are WE living in a communist country???

  66. thanos769 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:54 PM

    All of these “so-called” Eagles fans hating on Vick need to get a life. Everything they say he can’t do on the field he’s done better than Foles so far. This “competition” is just a waste of time because while Kelly plays musical chairs with his Qbs other teams are game planning for week one. Week one is only a month away and pre-season games are not the way to evaluate QBs especially against Carolina, Jacksonville and the Jets. Kelly thinks he’s still in college where he can out talent teams. Not the case in the NFL. What happens if both QBs play well in all of their starts? Will Kelly flip a coin. He’s making a joke out of this franchise.

  67. thanos769 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:56 PM

    I’ll go out on a limb and guess that all of the Vick detractors are Caucasian. How about that?

  68. djax10isthebomb says: Aug 8, 2013 9:31 PM

    Vick sucks and so do his fans.

  69. rasta028 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:48 AM

    Smeagles will be fine, you have Barkley…LMAO

  70. rasta028 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:49 AM

    Naw Thanos they just have common sense….

  71. nutsacker says: Aug 9, 2013 1:52 AM

    Steve McNair’s ghost has a better chance of winning the starting job than Nick Foles……

  72. tory707 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:58 AM

    I said it when Vick was with Atlanta, he is the most overrated QB I have ever see. Really it is not a racial comment which some people would think. He is average at best. All that he ever HAD was speed. That is not in his favor anymore. I felt bad for Foles last year. Really the guy had 1 starter blocking for him, then he lost Jackson & McCoy. Oh yea and he had Andy & Marty calling the plays. He had no shot. I look forward to seeing him start next week.

  73. xinellum says: Aug 9, 2013 12:13 PM

    Worst thing to do to an employee is to put his job in limbo and act like a child because you want to show that you are the man with the power. I have to agree with Vick, I have never seen anything like this. So what, name a starter, it’s not like you can’t change it if whoever doesn’t produce. It happened both in Seattle and SF last year and the Eagles would do well to be as successful as those teams were. Kelly is not a leader of men, but a threatener of boys, which cuts it at Oregon but not in the NFL. Free agents will avoid the Eagles like a plague. The GM would do well to discuss this with Kelly and stop this insanity before it has a major impact on the organization as a whole. No one but Kelly thinks this is a good idea. And leave Vick’s past out of this. Grow up little girls, let it go.

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