Andy Reid was the guy who gave Michael Vick a second chance, but Vick sounded just as grateful to Chip Kelly, who named him the Eagles starting quarterback Tuesday.
“I had to come back and work for everything,” Vick said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It wasn’t given to me.”
In many respects, his winning the job was similar to 2010, when he came back from exile to become a starter again, since Kelly came into the job with no ties to Vick and no preconceived notions.
“There’s a lot of comparisons you can make,” Vick said. “You’re at your best when the best is required. Sometimes, it’s hard to get it out of yourself. Sometimes, you need to be motivated, you need to be pushed.”
Vick said he understood that he could still lose the job, and clearly appreciates the chance Kelly has given him, after talking about learning to love the game again.
“Since day one, I honestly thought he’d fit this offense the best,” wide receiver DeSean Jackson said. “He’s able to go out there, still use his feet, and still throw the ball 80 yards downfield.”
That has been apparent all preseason.
While they’re going to keep Foles — because it would be foolish to not have a safety net underneath Vick — the job is Vick’s because he won it.