Michael Vick spoke with the media this week for the first time since suffering his concussion. He is now cleared to play and will be available for Sunday against the Redskins, but reports are that he will be the 3rd string QB if activated at all.
Vick was asked whether he agreed with the decision and tried to play the diplomat.
"I'm a competitor and I've always felt like and will continue to feel like I'm one of the best and I can play at a high level and I know I can. Saying that, I feel like I want to be out there, I want to play as a competitor, but it's just not the ideal situation right now, the way things are. So, I have to accept my role, accept it like a man and continue to find positives out of it."
Clearly, the decision to start Foles is done with an eye to the future. A future Vick doesn't seem to be a part of.
"By not playing, I don't think it can affect my future. Like I said, I came back healthy and I'm strong. I'm ready to go. The thing is to just keep improving, keep working, continue to get better as a quarterback and that's about the only thing I can do. As far as my future here, I don't know. Elsewhere, I don't know. I'm just enjoying each and every day right now."
Finally, when asked whether he would consider returning to the Eagles next year as a backup, he didn't say "no"... but he said no if you know what I mean...
"I just feel like I've got a lot of football to play. I feel like I've got a lot left in my tank. I'm enjoying the game, I feel fresh. I don't know. I'll have to talk it over with my agent and just see what happens. As of right now, I've got to continue to help this football team win these last two games and the future will take care of itself. Like I said, [I'm] just blessed to still be in the position to play good football and to enjoy the game. Like I said, from where I came from, I would have never thought [this was possible]. It's a blessing."
Given the money he is due to make, there's pretty much no way the Eagles would want him as a backup anyway, so at least for now it seems pretty much guaranteed that Michael Vick will be elsewhere in 2013. Like I've said before, a new coach could maybe possibly have a little say in that, but smart money says he's gone.