Michael Vick has gone through a whirlwind since Chip Kelly was named the head coach of the Eagles. From seemingly swept under the rug to being brought back to compete for the starting quarterback spot to being the top passer to being Nick Foles caddy, Vick has been everywhere this year. While he has not always been the most involved leader during his time recovering from injury, he has been very active on the sideline in recent weeks and has really embraced being a mentor to Foles.
With a passer rating of 128.0, 18 total touchdowns and only one turnover, Foles is not likely to be on the bench anytime soon. This is something Vick understands and can appreciate, as he took a similar turn when he became a starter in 2010. Vick has served as a leader in the locker room and been a sounding board for Foles, as he ascends into an NFL starter.
For Vick, that is just part of his gig. Here is what he had to say to 94 WIP (via CSN Philly's Rueben Frank) about his current role on the team and why it has changed in recent weeks:
"In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who's been playing so well?" Vick said.
"I've been in this stage before, and I know what it's like. I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction or put our team or our coaches in a position where they feel like they're not doing the right thing or I feel like they're not doing the right thing.
"I trust what's going on, I enjoy being a part of it, I love the game of football in general. So it's important to me to be there in support and be ready if my name and number is called again."
Vick has gotten flack over the years for many reasons, but his approach to his "demotion" is quite endearing and respectful. He may not be in Philadelphia past this summer, but his impact on the Eagles locker room this season has been huge. It safe to say that Kelly's decision to bring him back for the season was the right choice.