With his latest comments, Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is not helping his chances to be the starter come opening day. He’d rather it be decided before the pads come on and the competition really heats up.
Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly had some interesting quotes by Vick from an interview yesterday as mini-camp was wrapping up…
“Hopefully, Chip makes a decision before training camp and we won’t have to answer that question,” Vick told CSNPhilly.com, “so we can go out there as quarterbacks and just focus on this season and not answer questions about competition every day.”
Asked if tension could mount between he and Foles as the competition plays out this summer, Vick said, “Yeah, but hopefully we’ll have an answer by then, so I’m not going to answer that.
“I won’t want to continue to answer those questions. I won’t continue to answer those questions until Chip makes a decision.”
Reminded that Kelly has frequently said no timetable exists for the coaches to make a decision, Vick said, “Then I’m not gonna answer any questions.”
Mosher then says that Vick was asked afterwards if he realized that his comments were on the record, to which Vick responded by saying to:
“Print his request that Kelly settle on a starter before camp to avoid the rampant speculation.”
“There’s better things to talk about,” Vick added.
On one hand, I can understand his comments because he is, after all, human. To constantly be questioned about how he’s doing and whether or not he’ll “win” the job has to be frustrating.
Imagine if every day that you came into your office job and a flock of people came up to you to question you about whether or not you or Joe Shmo is going to get that awesome supervisor job you want so bad.
I could see that getting annoying.
However, it’s highly unlikely that the awesome supervisor job is going to pay you $3.5 million this year…or over the next 10 lifetimes for that matter. Therefore, suck it up Vick!
Ultimately, I’m disappointed in these comments by Vick. He still just doesn’t seem to “get it.”
Kelly has stated the entire time he’s been the head coach that it will be an open competition. Furthermore, he has constantly stated that he can’t get a good idea until the pads come on at training camp.
How is he supposed to make a decision before camp and even a preseason game or two?
Ideally, yes, we’d like to have a starter decided upon as soon as possible just for the sake of continuity and less drama surrounding the team. Instability or controversy at the QB position is never a good thing.
But, things are what they are. We have a new coach with a new system and a new way of doing things. He obviously wants an honest-to-God competition at virtually every position.
Even if it’s nerve-wracking, Vick, as a “competitor”, should be embracing the competition and the chance to prove himself. Hell, if Kelly based his decision off of the last two years, Vick would have been cut.
Instead, his words sound like a man who is frustrated with the situation, frustrated with being asked about it and perhaps above all else, is afraid that he might not win the competition.
When he was asked about potentially being selective with the questions he will answer and the backlash it might spur, he responded: “Why not? Who cares?” he said. “Y’all [in the media] kill me anyway, whether it’s right or wrong.”
Yeah, definitely frustration.
Furthermore, this could all be eating at his pride as well.
Vick has been labeled as the favorite to win the job, even if that was mostly by the National Media (as well as myself). The idea is that Kelly will want to have the option to run a read-option offense and Vick is the best guy on the roster to run it.
I’m sure Vick thinks that way as well. I mean, why wouldn’t he? That’s his “in”…aka, his best angle on winning the job. His best talent is his athleticism and ability to run, which is the only way a read-option offense can work.
Perhaps that foot race with LeSean McCoy earlier this offseason was his way of showing how well he can still run and to show Chip that he should be the man.
But Kelly’s reluctance to name a starter is frustrating Vick because he doesn’t seem to understand why he’s not the starter yet. It’s almost as if he was expecting to be given the job and this talk of competition was just some kind of farce.
Yeah coach, it’s a “competition”, I gotchya, wink wink. So, we’re running the read-option, right?
Wait, what? It really is an open competition? You might actually put slow-ass Foles or Barkley in? WTF!!!! I’m not answering anymore questions…Hey Chip, just name the starter before camp so I don’t actually have to deal with the pressure of competing and proving myself. That way, if I’m not the starter I can just cry about not being given a fair chance rather than answering questions about why I lost a competition I should have been favored to win.
Sorry for the little rant, but his comments remind me of someone who doesn’t want to deal with the situation and the possibility that he might not be the starter. Maybe he’s a little bitter too since he agreed to a pay cut to remain with the team and probably assumed he would be the starting QB because of that.
For the record, I predicted that Vick would, in fact, be the starter come opening day. I still stand by that prediction, but Vick just lost a little ground here with these comments. It also makes me question his mental toughness and whether or not he should be the guy leading this team.
Kelly will probably take Vick’s comments in stride and not get emotional about it, but who knows. Maybe Kelly is the kind of person who doesn’t take kindly to “requests” such as the one Vick made.
The reason being is that Vick’s comments are in stark contrast to what Chip has been promoting the entire time he’s been here…competition. The best guys will play, period. If you are against that mentality, then maybe Chip will see that as a negative and as not being a team player.
One of the aspects of Chip’s program is to weed out the guys who resist and don’t buy in. That goes for quarterbacks too.
Lastly, Vick seems to be the king of contradicting himself anymore these days. One of the things he said yesterday about the QB competition was:
“It’s tough,” he said. “I have to continue to be a professional and put my feelings and emotions to the side, and just continue to compete. But it’s hard. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t, but that’s just what I have to deal with, and I’m going to keep dealing with it until I see otherwise.”
However, just one day before that, he did an interview for NFL Total Access and was asked about the competition, to which he replied…
“It has been great. It has been very competitive. It has been us coming out here, practicing with an attitude, on edge, and just trying to get the most out of ourselves and out of the position.”
So, one day the competition is “great”, then the next day it’s “tough.” I realize that professional athletes usually try to portray the good soldier to the media, especially the national media, and that might be what Vick was doing.
But, to give conflicting answers on back-to-back days is odd. This was also in addition to another contradiction I recently pointed out about his ability to read a defense.
Maybe Vick’s losing his mind? I’m half kidding, of course. But maybe the stress of the past two seasons and this year’s competition is getting to him. Not to mention, he’s getting older and realizes time is running out on his NFL career.
In any case, Vick’s comments, while the truth about how he feels, were a little out of line. Competition is what this is all about. If he can’t handle a training camp battle with the likes of Foles and Barkley, how is he going to handle leading this team to a championship?
Kelly already has a “sports science coordinator” on the payroll, maybe he needs to add a “conflict resolutionist” as well.