Mike Vick not comfortable with backup role

NFL_vick1.jpgAfter the 2009 season ended, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick made clear his desire to become a starting quarterback again.  At one point, he openly spoke about his preference to play for the Panthers.  Even former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said that Vick “definitely deserves” a chance to be a starter.

He also eventually indicated that he’ll accept his role in Philly, and that he “can’t be a disgruntled employee, because that’s not who I am.”

But after Vick’s first offseason minicamp as the second-string quarterback of the Eagles, there are signs that he could be considering changing into someone else.  “It’s different running with the two’s,” Vick said Sunday, per DelcoTimes.com.  “I never had to do that before.  Even when I got here last year I
was running with the three’s but that was expected.  Now I’m running with
the two’s and it’s full-time and this is my permanent job.  So it’s a
different feel but at the same time what I say to myself is just try to
get better as a quarterback.”

Though he chose his words carefully, the message is clear.  He still wants to be a starter.  And if starter Kevin Kolb struggles to start his first season as a starter, it’s hard not to wonder whether Vick will start pushing the buttons of some of the guys who supposedly voted unanimously for him as recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

UPDATE:  Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer concluded that Vick is OK with his current role, based on comments made by the quarterback on Saturday.  (Yes, the same McLane who reported that Donovan McNabb imminently would be traded to the Rams.  Then again, he never killed Terry Bradshaw.)   

76 responses to “Mike Vick not comfortable with backup role

  1. On a different note, Fan of Football would like to say something about New Orleans…..

  2. Vikings should trade for Vick and have the best rushing game ever with Peterson Vick and Harvin!

  3. You know damn well this isnt anything close to news. All you want to do here is just get a few posters saying how they wish the dog killer died. Can you spell the word integrity?

  4. Even if Kolb struggles, they will not start Vick. It’s a dead issue, Florio. It just will not happen. He can’t run this offense full-time.

  5. Your title is misleading and certainly not what he said in the interview. He may be pissed not being a starter, but to say he’s uncomfortable–or disgruntled, which is what you imply–is clearly not how he appeared this weekend.
    Your selective research of PE.com is somewhat hilarious, Florio.

  6. Dogs not comfortable being forced to fight, beaten, tortured and killed.

  7. He’s making the most money as a back-up. I’d be happy with that role…

  8. Dogs not comfortable being forced to fight, beaten, tortured and killed.

  9. He was probably the only nominee for the Ed Block Courage Award. That’s the only way I can see the vote being unanimous on a team like the Eagles who usually have several really good guys with really good stories.
    Vick’s not good enough to be a starter on most teams. He’s certainly not good enough to start for the Eagles.
    If he was willing to be a stopgap for a rebuilding team then maybe. Otherwise, he’s about done in the league.

  10. Well, Mike it’s time to get comfortable. You still have lots of practice ahead of you. And you need to hone your skills regards of who is around you.
    And how do you know if this position is premanent? That’s why the Eagles kept you, in case Kolb is not the answer as a starter. SO STOP WHINNING!!
    GO STEELERS!

  11. Hey Mike, why don’t you go back to first string working on the chain gang? Obviously no one want’s you but you keep spitting in Reid’s face, the only one who gave you a job. You were always a poor mans Donovan McNabb, and now your a poor man’s Mike Vick. Please, quit, I hate that your on “my” team.

  12. Vick can think anything he wants, nobody is busting down the door to trade for him.
    The guy will never be an effective QB in the NFL and the last thing he was really effective at (killing dogs), they sent him to jail for that.
    He’s a scumbag and so are the Eagles for even signing him.

  13. The shit bucket is lucky he’s even in the league. That is the biggest mistake that Goodell has made since he took over.
    He’s not good enough to start anywhere and quite a few teams have a backup that is better than him too.

  14. “GoBowns says:
    Dogs not comfortable being forced to fight, beaten, tortured and killed.
    dannymac17 says:
    At least he didnt rape a woman in a bathroom stall.”
    Are you two having a “Who Can Post The Lamest, Most Over-Used Post” contest? ‘Cause it’s probably a tie.

  15. shouldn’t someone remind Vick that he has a career 50% completion percentange…..he was begining to regress every year as a QB….without someone in prison taught him how to be an accurate passer, what makes Vick think he can be a starting QB…..
    Roddy White was being considered a bust with Vick, then he becomes a ProBowl WR with Joey Harrington at the helm…..hell do the math on that one….
    Vick is (or was) a great athlete….but he sucks horribly as a prolific QB

  16. Mike vick will be the starting QB for the eagles by game 6. Kolb will either be very ineffective or injured(hope not).
    Was never a Vick fan but the chain gang and dog stuff is getting old dont cha think?

  17. GoBowns says:
    May 2, 2010 8:53 PM
    Dogs not comfortable being forced to fight, beaten, tortured and killed.
    @ gobowns,another idiot post.
    dannymac17 says:
    May 2, 2010 8:51 PM
    At least he didnt rape a woman in a bathroom stall.
    @dannymaci,I’m not even a steeler fan but i got to say,”you must have been raped in a stall you idiot.
    Enough of the references to Ben,we get it and heard enough..FAIL!

  18. @fmax4
    Very ineffective? I can see you’ve done your homework on him. /sarcasm

  19. Kevin “Great Hope” Kolb is about………..
    – 9 Pro Bowls
    – 6 Championship Games
    – 1 Super Bowl
    – 4 Division Titles
    Behind Vick & McNabb – better get busy boy 🙂
    This dude Kolb knows damn well, Vick will be the starter by week 3. He is just playing the role.
    Matt “CHOKE” Ryan can’t replace Vick
    and
    Kolb will never replace McNabb…………….
    Sorry guys, there is a new breed of quarterbacks, just like in the NBA where the game is now played above the rim…………..
    HA HA HA

  20. CT Stiller says:
    May 2, 2010 8:43 PM
    Does he not realize he was never a good QB to begin with?
    ———————————————-
    100% correct! & I don’t care how many popularity contests called Pro Bowls he went to.
    Even thought he’s no good, that doesn’t mean he won’t be starting by midseason. Cuz the Eagles just gave a bunch of $ to Scott Mitchell Jr.

  21. Ned Tudley says:
    May 2, 2010 9:09 PM
    shouldn’t someone remind Vick that he has a career 50% completion percentange…..he was begining to regress every year as a QB….without someone in prison taught him how to be an accurate passer, what makes Vick think he can be a starting QB…..
    ——————————————
    Can someone remind Vick that he is the HIGHEST PAID quarterback in NFL HISTORY
    HA HA HA
    Matt “CHOKE” Ryan has……………
    – Tony “Hall of Famer” Gonzalez
    – Michael “Pro bowl” Turner
    – Roddy “Pro bowl” White
    And still has not………………………..
    – Won a playoff game
    – Won a division title
    – Made a pro bowl
    I guess if Vick sucks, Ryan must be a supersonic vacuum……………….
    HA HA HA

  22. War_Paint says:
    May 2, 2010 9:30 PM
    Word is, Vick became a great receiver in the pen.
    ————————————
    Is that information by experience?
    HA HA HA

  23. dont get me wrong…the dog fighting was stupid illegal and wrong…but…it’s not an issue at all with why Vick isnt a starting QB…
    if Drew Brees or Peyton Manning was arrested and served time for dog fighting….every team in the league would be lining up outside of the pen the day they were released to sign them…fact
    Ray Lewis and Leonard Little killed human beings and they’re both starter’s in the NFL

  24. “Did you know”……………..
    Mike Vick’s 38-28-1 record ranks 2nd on the Falcons “all time” win list covering 44 seasons.
    That was accomplished in only 4 full seasons.

  25. How can a normal person look into a dog’s eyes and bodyslam him. He deserves to stand on a sideling not taking a single snap and making more money than 99% of the world. Ugh.

  26. They were Pit Bulls. They tear childrens’ faces off. Vick should have gotten a medal.

  27. Roddy White couldn’t even make him a good QB. I wish we could have a “Vick Brothers Fighting Arena” and let them fight to the death. The winner gets to be an arena league receiver.

  28. @Blondie-Black
    You can take da thug out da hood, but you can’t take da hood out da thug.
    NFL Thug boys = expensive baby makers that usually wind up as felons.
    Simple math
    ha ha ha!

  29. Pet lovers are the true villains.
    All animals should be in the wild not in bondage and being disgrace by being treated like humans.

  30. Are you suggesting he is more comfortable as a 3rd stringer getting gimmee TDs from the 1 yard line against Atlanta than being a full-time 2nd stringer?

  31. Mike Vick did all those Thug-Life things to impress his entourage ( ass kissers) now without them he is nothing.

  32. Tony Gonzalez (hall of famer)
    Michael Turner (pro bowler)
    Roddy White (pro bowler)
    Matt “CHOKE” Ryan….ZERO…………..
    Playoff wins
    Division titles
    Pro Bowls
    Funny how Vick managed to be the 1st qb in NFL HISTORY to beat Green Bay on the road in the PLAYOFFS……………….
    Yet no other slow footed drop back passer ever could………..
    HA HA HA

  33. He could start in the UFL – where he should have gone in the first place if he wanted to hone skills as a qb rather than get paid big money. He could have gotten a year’s full of game action and if he had any skills left then an NFL team would have been interested. Instead he went the money route and he’ll be a “never was.”
    He’ll be homeless within five years after he’s gone from the league.

  34. Vick will never be a starter in the NFL again. No team wanted him this offseason, the Eagles took a QB in the 4th round, and they traded away their marquee player to give Kolb the slot. All Vick’s “likely suitors” passed on him in favor of younger guys (or, in the case of the Bills, no one at all!).
    Even a mallet-head like Vick can’t miss that writing on the wall.
    By the end of this year, Vick will be a year older, a year slower, and a year further removed from starter-level sharpness. And next year’s draft looks like another fine crop of young QBs.
    Vick was a talented athlete, but the sand’s running out on that every day. Every NFL team knows that Vick is low-character and can’t be counted on to be honest or a team leader. Any success he had with the Falcons (and it was brief) was offset by throwing the team into chaos with his lying and criminal behavior.
    Rehabilitated? Who knows. Washed up? Oh yeah.
    @BlondBlueDevil – how d’ya like them apples?
    @jane2 – thanks for your comment. Without it, we may not have known you were an idiot.

  35. Sorry guys, there is a new breed of quarterbacks, just like in the NBA where the game is now played above the rim…………..
    I didn’t know Peyton Manning and Tom Brady could dunk like Jason Campbell and Jamarcus Russell you Moron!

  36. DIRECT QUOTE FROM VICK FROM THE ARTICLE THAT FLORIO IS REFERENCING
    “My mindset is I’m here, I’m going to make the most of it, I’m going to help this team win football games, I’m enjoying myself, I’m happy and I’m having fun,” he said. “Sometimes that’s more important than things that you want to have for yourself or to happen. I put my faith in God and I trust in him and I’m here for a reason. So, I’m going to take advantage of it.
    —Honestly Florio don’t pick and choose what your going to say about a player when the guy is obviously okay with his role. Did he try to get someone interested in him before the season began? Yeah he did but now he’s the backup to an unproven young player and that’s about as good of a backup role as he was going to get anywhere else besides Buffalo.

  37. Vick does have some Talent but the problem is, this League is Full of QB Talent
    Bills-Trent Edwards but next year will get #1QB
    Dolphins-Chad Henne
    Jets-Mark Sanchez
    Pats-Tom Brady
    Ravens-Joe Flacco
    Steelers-Ben Roethlisberger
    Browns-Jake Delhomme-Theres 2-3 Quality QB’s in next years draft
    Bengals-Carson Palmer
    Texans- Matt Shaub-funny how he’s actually better then Vick
    Colts-Best QB Ever
    Jaguars-Dave Garrard
    Titans- Way better version of Vick=Vince Young
    Broncos-Tim suck Tebow and Brady suck Quinn
    Chiefs- Matt Cassell
    Raiders-Cambell and Russell
    Chargers-Philip Rivers
    Cowboys-Tony Romo
    Giants-The Other Manning
    Eagles-Kevin Kolb-Their stickin 2 him no matter wat
    Redskins-McNabb
    Bears-Jay Cutler
    Lions- Matt Stafford
    Packers- Aaron Rodgers
    Vikings-Old man Favre-T Jackson is probably just as good a Vick
    Falcons-Matt Ryan
    Saints-Drew Brees
    Panthers-Jimmy Clausen,Tony Pike,Matt Moore
    Bucs-Josh Freeman
    Cardinals-Matt Leinart,Derek Anderson
    Rams-Sam Bradford
    49ers-Alex Smith,Nate Davis
    Seahawks-Matt Hasselback and Charlie Winehearst
    So the ONLY teams that would be even remotely possible would be the Bills, Vikings, 49ers, Browns, while the Bills and Browns will suck and grab Locker and Mallett or whoever next year the 49ers still have a #1 pick thats playing decent and the Vikings as of rite now have a Pro Bowl QB

  38. You know it’s important to note that Mike Vick had White a s a WR for his Rookie and sophmore years. It also must be noted that Vick ONLY played for the Falcons 6 years one was a rookie year where he started 2 games and one was an injury season that he played in only 4 games. The other 4 full years the Falcons where in the playoff for 3 of those years with a running game and defense. Vick’s only threat at WR was a TE.
    We have never seen Vick with an arsenal like the Manning’s have ( we all know how good Eli was without Plax), or Brees, Or Rivers, and who can forget Favre having his best year as QB with that arsenal in Minny. Truth is Vick has never really had the weapons a QB needs to succeed in the NFL ( like another Philly QB but that’s another story). Who knows how good he will be with YOUNG VETERANS at the skill positions?
    As for the dog-fighting… “YOU PEOPLE” need to let it die, unlike Raplisberger Vick HAS paid his debt to society. Let the man kive his life. If you want to hate on someone go hate on your ex-vice president for shooting someone in the face and never getting a second of jail time. Go picket the Bush estate for giving Billions to the very people that took your home from you. The man killed vicious animals. SO WHAT! I don’t condone it but there are a lot of people running around in the streets that have done far worse.

  39. Vick doesn’t need to worry … Eagles fans will take care of Kolb for him.

  40. eaglelover1: Give it up, he’s a horrible QB and an awful person. The only reason he was successful at all was his ability to run. He’s a slightly-faster Kordell Stewart.

  41. Vick killed animals that if properly cared for are not violent. Dude has issues that jail time doesn’t cure. As far as paying his debt…not even close. How long do you think you or I would be in prison if we were facing all the charges he was? That’s like saying Stallworth paid his debt cause he wrote a check after being drunk and running down a human being.

  42. But i thought Tony Dungy said he could still play? Ha!
    The truth is Vick was never a good QB, he was all hype. He did some exciting things when he ran with the ball but thats not going to fly at 30+ years old. The guy is a bust, and the handwriting for him with the Eagles was on the wall when they gave Kolb too much money and then drafted a QB in the 4th round. Of course he still wants to be a starter, who would want to go from highest paid QB in the league to career loser and backup. I also want to win the Mega Millions but theres probably a better chance of that happening before Vick turns into a starting caliber QB in this league. Karma really is a bitch!

  43. BlondBlueDevils ,
    How many Super Bowls do McNabb and Vick have combined. I’ll give you a hint, 1 less than Trent Dilfer dumb ass. Black QB’s will never be good in the NFL.

  44. @ BlondBlueDevils ,
    I guess Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Rivers, Schaub, and the other “slow footed” quarterbacks are the new breed you speak of. Your posts really make it hard to separate you from a monkey.

  45. Well, no wonder Michael Vick is feeling confused about his new status. He went into prison as a QB but came out as a WR.

  46. Maybe he would rather come work at the warehouse with me. Signing bonus=$0, hourly rate=$9. What’s that….. O you will stay as the #2. That’s what I thought.

  47. I hope Kolb doesn’t have a dog. If Vick doesn’t start, it could be in trouble.

  48. He’s never been an NFL QB, why does he think he is now? Whiny bitch should hit his knees and thank God he has a job.

  49. “Truth is Vick has never really had the weapons a QB needs to succeed in the NFL ”
    That is 100% true. Vick doesn’t have the intellect or the throwing accuracy a QB needs to succeed in the NFL. He has good arm strength and he used to have quickness (that’s diminshed, too) but that was about it. He was never qualified to play QB in this league at a championship level.
    Exciting to watch, though. You never know what’s going to happen.

  50. Isn’t it funny how Florio always rips other members of the media for their inaccurate reports? Yet Florio posts a story about how Tebow was running with the ball in drills, and how that could be an indication that the Broncos are going to use him as an RB in some situations. Then, he updates it later to say “oops, apparently every offensive player does that drill, even the other QBs.” So Florio, how about you worry about your own accuracy before attacking everyone else.

  51. BlondBlueDevils says:
    May 2, 2010 9:41 PM
    Kevin “Great Hope” Kolb is about………..
    – 9 Pro Bowls
    – 6 Championship Games
    – 1 Super Bowl
    – 4 Division Titles
    Behind Vick & McNabb – better get busy boy 🙂
    This dude Kolb knows damn well, Vick will be the starter by week 3. He is just playing the role.
    Matt “CHOKE” Ryan can’t replace Vick
    and
    Kolb will never replace McNabb…………….
    Sorry guys, there is a new breed of quarterbacks, just like in the NBA where the game is now played above the rim…………..
    HA HA HA
    ———————————
    This is the same NFL historian that told us 4 days ago that Seneca Wallace is white.
    He knows nothing about pro football, knows nothing about sports in general, just knows how to run his mouth. Anything this guy posts is just in accurate, race baiting BS.
    He’s kinda like the kid in your neighborhood growing up that spewed nonsense & if you didn’t beat him up, you felt sorry for him.

  52. @ BlondBlueDevils:
    Back to back winning seasons for Vick: 0
    Back to back winning season for Ryan: 1
    PFT & Florio’s accuracy %: roughly 19%
    Vick’s accuracy %: roughly 50%
    You grill the media for their misquotes, etc. yet you post this? You used to be a lawyer, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you can read and write. Just being a hypocrite … again.

  53. eaglelover1 says:
    May 2, 2010 11:48 PM
    As for the dog-fighting… “YOU PEOPLE” need to let it die, unlike Raplisberger Vick HAS paid his debt to society. Let the man kive his life. If you want to hate on someone go hate on your ex-vice president for shooting someone in the face and never getting a second of jail time. Go picket the Bush estate for giving Billions to the very people that took your home from you. The man killed vicious animals. SO WHAT! I don’t condone it but there are a lot of people running around in the streets that have done far worse.
    ——————————————–
    This is the most ignorant type of banter that common place here. “YOU PEOPLE”. LOL
    What MV did was:
    Torture sick animals by:
    Drowning them as they fought for life
    Electrocuting them by attaching wires to their balls & shocking them to death
    Set them on fire – still alive
    All this with HIS BARE HANDS & for ENTERTAINMENT.
    Others have done far worse? Intentionally??
    Thats the difference:
    INTENT
    Why is it OK for blacks to say “you people” & if a white says that, they are racist?
    Keep spewing your racial BS, this isn’t about race, it isn’t about dog fighting. It’s about the inherent, evil, soulless bevahior of a monster that could take a defenseless, dismembered, crying & in pain creature & FOR FUN inflict more pain & suffering & LAUGH about it.
    To tell others to get over that & use others behavior defend what MV did is pathetic, you are all doing your own a disservice doing that. Blind defense due to race is ignorant & idiotic…when will “you people” realize that? Ever?

  54. Hay Stupid (Vick) – You still should be in prison ya’ ignorant idiot. And besides, when did you think you were ever an NFL QB?

  55. Vick couldn’t crack the starting lineup of the mean machine and he wants to start in the NFL?

  56. Falcons with Vick:
    – 1st qb to beat Green Bay in playoff history
    – Beat Green Bay in Sophomore season
    – Finished 2nd in MVP in sophomore season
    – Falcons last pro bowl qb 2005 (Vick)
    – Falcons last playoff win 2004 (Vick)
    – Falcons last division title 2004 (Vick)
    – Falcons last relevency 2006 (Vick)
    – HIGHEST PAID PLAYER EVER (Vick)
    – Career Falcons record 38-28-1 (2nd all time)
    It’s now going on 4 seasons since Vick last played for the Falcons yet, no playoff wins, division titles, championship games or qb pro bowls.
    Only the new breed of multi dimension qbs can win playoff games by his damn self…………….
    HA HA HA
    Sorry guys, the Mannings, Favre & Brady versions are ancient history. Just take a look at the 2010 qb draft pool.
    – Bradford 1st pick won’t even play this year
    – Clausen 2nd rounder
    – McCoy 3rd rounder
    Doesn’t look like a promising future for the slow one dimensional “Great Hopes”…………..
    Don’t be mad guys, there is always Hockey 🙂
    HA HA HA

  57. Mike “Gizmo” Vick 2009 – 32 snaps
    Eldra Buckley 2009 – 15 carries
    So, in terms of impact, Vick is slightly more valuable than Eldra Buckley. But not by much.
    Wake me when its time to discuss a real NFL player. I cannot be bothered with Michael “Gizmo” Vick.

  58. Only the new breed of multi dimension qbs can win playoff games by his damn self…………….
    ———————————————
    You sure they are black? Like Seneca Wallace is white??
    Your “new breed, multi dimension qb’s” sure have a lot of Super Bowls they won by their damn selves…

  59. BlondBlueDevils says:
    ………………………………….
    a lot of crap
    but anyway I wonder why such a well spoken & PR saavy person like yourself doesn’t directly involve himself with MR. NFL?
    maybe its time to swing some new endorsement deals…perhaps MR. NFL could become the new spokesman for Marvin Harrison’s Car Wash…
    get on your escapegoat & make it happen

  60. @Blondie-Black,
    A winning black QB is about as rare as a White 2000yd RB…some things just don’t equate!
    The only thing that DOES equate:
    Once a thug, always a thug.
    Maybe you can answer why all da brothas be staying out late and be gettin’ in all dat trouble wif da law??
    I believe Chris Rock put it best
    “Media giving a bad name…No when I’m at the ATM machine at 3am, I ain’t looking over my shoulder for the media”
    Da Hood – Good for 40oz, baby-makers, and crime! Now DAT be funny!
    HA Ha ha!

  61. more fun facts about MR NFL :
    led his team 2-6 second half finishes in 2005/6
    closed both seasons with 3 game losing streaks

  62. Great ATL QB debate begins and ends with Chris Chandler, who accomplished more than Vick or Ryan. 14-2 season in 1998. Super Bowl appearance.

  63. # Outsyder says: May 2, 2010 8:46 PM
    Even if Kolb struggles, they will not start Vick. It’s a dead issue, Florio. It just will not happen. He can’t run this offense full-time.
    100% agreed …the only way vick gets in there is if Kolb goes down

  64. If Kolb gets hurt, Garcia will be resigned. Gizmo isn’t a QB anymore. Why not just plug in David Akers under center.

  65. Michael, if you hadn’t ran a dogfighting ring you would still be a quarterback in ATL.

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