Eagles backup quarterback Michael Vick hasn’t started a game since December 31, 2006, but that’s probably going to change Sunday. With Kevin Kolb still out of practice with a concussion, Vick has been taking all of the first-team snaps in practice.
The 30-year-old signal caller says he’s prepared to take the helm in Detroit. “I feel good, I feel comfortable with the game plan. You know, excited about the opportunity and you know, just want to go out and try to get that first win,” Vick said.
It’s a game plan that might be difficult for opposing teams to prepare for. Not only have they not seen Vick as a number one quarterback since his days in Atlanta, but the Eagles can throw a lot of different looks at the Lions. “Schematically, you can get into a whole host of things, and so those are always possibilities there,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.
As far as Vick is concerned though, this week’s game plan isn’t all that different. “It’s pretty much the same, you know, our objective is to go out and attack, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Regardless of how successful Vick is, the public sentiment from inside the Nova Care Center is that there is absolutely no controversy. Eagles tight end Brent Celek drove home that point. “I know that sometimes people feel that what the media says is what we as players feel, but that’s not how it works. If ESPN’s reporting that, hey, there’s a quarterback controversy, that’s not necessarily at all how the players feel,” Celek said.
Of course Celek doesn’t say that to take anything away from Vick. “He’s the ultimate teammate, to go from where he was to now and now trying to resurrect his career, he’s been the best teammate you could ask for,” Celek said.
On Sunday, the ultimate teammate will try to do something he hasn’t done in three years, nine months and nine days. Vick will attempt to win a football game as a starting quarterback.
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