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Michael Vick on uncertain future: ‘Going to start for two more years, then be a backup’


With Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly announcing earlier this week that Nick Foles has assumed the role of the team’s starting quarterback for the remainder of the season (barring injuries, of course), former incumbent starter Michael Vick has been doing his best to play the role of the good soldier.

Even before Kelly’s announcement, Vick appeared to be willing to take in stride any decision the Eagles made regarding the quarterback position, even going so far as throwing his support behind Foles.

“In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing so well?” Vick said last Thursday.

Vick’s apparent professionalism and recognition that Foles is playing far too good for him to ascend back to the starting role was on full display when he met with the media on Tuesday. Despite his demotion, Vick said he envisions being a starting quarterback in the NFL for another two years, then moving on and assuming the role of a highly valuable backup quarterback.

The question is, where is Vick planning to start? It presumably won’t be in Philly, barring some kind of epic meltdown and regression in play on the part of Foles.

And still, Vick reportedly was “joking around” with reporters, according to CSN Philly’s Reuben Frank, about his new role as resident clipboard holder when he made the comments regarding his uncertain future.

“Going to start for two more years,” Vick said Tuesday.  “Then be a backup.  I’m going to be a good backup.  I’m going to come off the bench and win some games.”

Vick attempted to put a positive spin on his situation, despite how up in the air everything related to his NFL career appears to be at the moment.

“It’s tough when your future’s uncertain,” Vick continued.  “But you also have to look at the things that you did, the things that you’ve been able to do well and hopefully that’s enough to continue to show that I can still play.

“I feel good.  I feel great,” Vick said.  “I still feel like I have a lot of time to play this game. . . .  I feel like I can still start in this league.  But I still have to focus on each and every day for the rest of the season and continue to try and help this team win games.”

Vick certainly deserves credit for his philosophical, composed and measured approach to his demotion. At the same time, playing the role of unhappy camper would only hinder Vick’s chances of catching on with another team should he and the Eagles decide that parting ways is best for both parties. Then again, other players who have found themselves in a similar situation have found it difficult to put on a happy face and do the same, so Vick should be lauded for making the best out of an unfortunate and understandably disappointing situation.

Vick is 34 years old and while he may not be the dynamic player and every-down threat he once was, many teams would be more than happy to take a flier on him — even as a potential starter — should the opportunity present itself. And that’s all Vick apparently is looking for: Another chance to prove he can do it.

[H/T Pro Football Talk]