Despite watching the Eagles fall, 26-24, in the first playoff game of the Chip Kelly/Nick Foles Era, Michael Vick probably saw the writing on the wall: Foles is the franchise QB, and he would be a backup if he came back to Philadelphia next season.
And Vick is, apparently, no longer open to such an option if a starting job awaits him elsewhere. He told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks, “I’m still a starter. I’m not a backup quarterback.”
After opening the season as the starter, Vick had two separate injuries that gave Nick Foles an opportunity to win the job, and that he did, throwing seven touchdowns against the Raiders and then leading his team to a 7-1 record over its final eight games. Overall, Foles was 9-2 in the regular season while Vick was just 1-4.
When asked if this could have been his last time in an Eagles uniform, Vick responded, “May very well have been.”
This is not good news for Chip Kelly and Co., as Vick is one of the most capable backups in the league who fits Kelly’s offense. Matt Barkley struggled mightily this year in relief of Foles and Vick, and unless some drastic improvements occur over the offseason, it’s going to be a big drop-off from Vick to Barkley as a backup next year if Vick finds a starting job on another team.