Michael Vick named as Eagles' starting Quarterback, looks to improve
Miles Kennedy, File, Associated Press
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly addressed the media on Tuesday, releasing the news that Michael Vick would start as quarterback for the Eagles this season.
"We've evaluated the situation, and Michael Vick is going to start for us against the Washington Redskins," Kelly told ESPN. "He'll get the predominant amount of reps today in practice, and he'll play, hopefully, our plan is for him to play two quarters in Jacksonville."
Both Vick and second-year quarterback Nick Foles have been competing for the starting job throughout the summer, and both had equal chances at securing the starting spot.
“It was a healthy competition,” Kelly told ESPN. “I think Mike is ahead right now. Nick made it very difficult, though. It wasn’t where one guy went north and one guy went south. I think they both upped their games. But at this point in time, Mike’s ahead."
Despite mentioning that Mike is ahead at this point, Kelly also made it clear that they wouldn't be switching quarterbacks either. With Vick, they are in it for the long haul.
"This is a one-quarterback operation. This isn’t going to be, someone’s got to look over their shoulder or we’re going to rotate by series.” Kelly said.
For Vick, he gets the chance to make up for the past two seasons, which ended in disappointment. In the past two seasons, Vick has been a turnover machine, ranking third in the NFL in fumbles, fourth in fumbles lost, and 14th in interceptions.
Vick is aware of his faults these past two seasons, and when asked if he had some unfinished business that he owes Eagles' fans, his reply was simple.
"Absolutely," Vick said on ESPN, "That's why I came back this year."
Coming back is certainly a start, but it will take tremendous play to bring Eagles' fans to their feet once more. But for the Eagles' players, Vick already has their adoration and respect.
"He's almost like a big-brother figure in our lives." Wide receiver DeSean Jackson told ESPN, "He really motivates us and tells us things the average teammate or the average older brother wouldn't tell us. He cares in us, and he sees the future brighter here in Philadelphia."
Vick has made it a goal to increase his work ethic and to continue to grind every day to improve himself. Securing the starting quarterback spot is a stepping stone in helping the team improve.
"I think I proved I could be consistent every day and be a leader on this team," Vick said. "I'm going to take the same approach, the same mindset. I know how hard I worked over the last four months. It would be a shame if I let up. It would be selfish, to myself and my teammates."
Vick is more set than ever to turn the ship around and start proving himself once again. With the stench of the 2012 season still looming in the air, he has much to prove to Eagles' fans, and NFL fans in general/
But until the beginning of the season, there isn't much Vick can do to gain the fans' trust. So in the meantime, he will continue to polish his work ethic.
"I'm just going to continue to work harder," Vick told Yahoo! Sports. "That's why I'm going to go in and do 500, 600 sit-ups, 500, 600 pushups, and I'm going to run on that treadmill until I can't run anymore."
The Eagles suit up for the first game of the season Sept. 9 against the Washington Redskins.
You can follow Mitch Kunzler on Twitter at @MitchKunzler.
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