First, allow me to preface this article by saying that I have the highest respect for the author of the article I’m going to reference. I think Sheil Kapadia of Birds 24/7 is a great guy and one hell of a sports writer. And even though I generally agree with a topic he discusses, and the points he provides, there are a few instances where there is a difference of opinions.
And I am certain he’s fine with that.
The article recently published on his site ” Five Thoughts On the Eagles QB Situation“, Kapadia touches on just what the title says. If you haven’t already read it, I suggest checking it out.
However there is but one section of the article that clearly, by the amount of comments, fans are having trouble seeing eye-to-eye on. That is the topic if what will happen to QB Michael Vick if Nick Foles wins the starting job (Kapadia notes that while it is unlikely Matt Barkley wins, it too is possible).
Ah, let the intrigue begin to resurface.
In the article, Kapadia notes in thought No. 2 that if Vick loses the starting job to Foles he believes Vick would remain with the Eagles through the 2013 season at least. If Vick would decide to stay pat in Philly, the belief is Chip Kelly ” reminds Vick it’s a long season, and more likely than not, his number will be called at some point.” Kapadia resorts back to a quote of Kelly’s at a recent press conference saying ““I reserve the right to change everything,” Kelly said. “The best players play. Just because you’re the starter, you still need to understand that it’s always on the line. It’s on the line every single day for you.”
That is very possible, but let me throw another scenario or two out there to you.
If there is one thing that Michael Vick has seldom done in his NFL career, what is that one thing? Ok, lets forget about his injury history for a second. NOW what’s the one thing? Being a backup on a NFL roster. He did it briefly when the Eagles signed him but we all know that didn’t last long, thanks in part to Kevin Kolb’s frail frame.
Would Vick have any interest in becoming a backup again? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on what kind of salesman Chip Kelly is.
The second reason I question whether Vick would return to Philly as a backup if Nick Foles won the starting job, lets talk contract for a second.
Vick drastically restructured his six-year, $100 million contract, his second during his career, down to a one-year $7.5 million contract. He has already received $3.5 million of that as a signing bonus. He’s still set to make $3.5 million which includes $500,000 for in game appearances. If he’s the backup, how many of those bonuses would you see in Vick’s future?
What about if Vick could have played 16 games and now money is coming out of Vick’s pocket. Still think he’d be as interested in staying? Furthermore, what is the definition of “in game”? Is it one snap, a series, quarter? What if Kelly puts Vick in, dare I say, a wildcat formation where he’s not lined up under center?
Is that considered “in game”? Technically, yes. In NFL terminology, I have no clue and that’s just the gods honest truth.
But this is a two-part question/scenario, there is also incentive money to be lost as well. Money that could be earned via playing time and playoff appearances. If he’s the backup he is drastically limited to what his earning ceiling truly is.
The truth of the matter is that Michael Vick is the only person who knows what Michael Vick will do if a scenario forcing him into a backup role would arise. As Kapadia noted in his article, if Foles would be the better QB throughout the summer, and not name him the starter, Kelly would lose credibility among the players he justs inherited.
I’m not sold on Kelly opting a player ego over his own credibility…especially being a first-year head coach in the NFL.
But that’s just my opinion. What’s yours?