In 2009, Michael Vick was looking for a chance to start over, to find another defining opportunity in life. It was unsure whether any NFL team would find enough confidence in their organization to take a gamble on a quarterback who had played but one complete season and had been out of the game for two years, not to mention the most recent obstacle he faced was the law, instead of an opposing defense. However, the Philadelphia Eagles were that team, that organization, and now the molding of their future may depend on No. 7.
Vick, with a solid core of high-octane offensive talent surrounding him, has yet another opportunity to turn a franchise into a winner. That is, if he can win the job from his younger, less experienced counterparts, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley, before the conclusion of training camp. Vick’s skillset is such that he can cause havoc for any opposing defense, no matter the speed, talent or experience — something that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly loved from the beginning and is the main factor in keeping Michael in Philadelphia.
But what if Vick wins the job, succeeds during the season and hurdles all expectations thrown his way? He would set up, regardless of his age and the fact that two younger players are nipping at his heels, a difficult decision for the very organization that took a chance on him. Could the Eagles really let a player like Vick walk away if he proved once again that he could produce, control turnovers and run the coveted new Philadelphia offense? Only time will tell, but Vick holds his own future in the same left arm which will soon launch the pigskin, like a cannon, at receivers downfield. A successful season will generate plenty of drama when contract time comes and the Eagles make a decision about the future of their franchise. Vick could be at the helm for a long time to come if the fountain of youth is on his side, like the Eagles have been for some time now.