Andy Reid is probably down to his final few days as Eagles head coach. Michael Vick could be in the same situation, and it’s only fitting he’ll get one more chance to quarterback his team.
Nick Foles is on I.R. Vick knows what’s going on. But the good news is that, like Reid, he’s going out with a lot of respect in the city and in the Eagles’ locker room. He also gets the opportunity to leave Philadelphia with a boost to his reputation with the other 31 teams.
"I know what I can do,” Vick said. “I think you all know what I can do and I believe in myself. I'm only going to continue to get better through hard work and preparation. I'm going to put myself in tip-top condition in the offseason by training hard and that's all you can ask for.
"Hopefully I can help somebody's organization next year."
Vick had no chance to finish his career in Atlanta. He was imprisoned and later cut from the Falcons’ roster. He came to the Eagles a wounded man, later reached the highest of quarterbacking heights and leaves humbled once more — not full circle but not far off, professionally speaking.
Still, Vick will approach the game against the Giants on Sunday as a final blessing on his way out of town. He has earned the chance. He can sting the Giants one more time. And in doing so, he can prove he still has it.
"One thing I never do is waver or back down from an opportunity to get on the field regardless of what has transpired from the season," Vick said. "I'm fully confident in myself and the guys around me to put it all together for the last game and get a win for Andy."
A lot of teams need quarterbacks, but many would be hesitant to lock in Vick — who turns 33 next summer — to be their starter. The Jets have been mentioned. Others will be mentioned heavily once the front-office shuffling and coaching changes occur. There will be a job for Vick in 2013.
"I'm not putting pressure on myself to go out and put on a great performance in a sense of an audition," Vick said. "The thing I'm truly confident about is my ability to play the game of football — what I know, what I've learned, the success I've had over the past years and what I can accomplish. So, I think I just have to continue to play my game."
He can play freely Sunday. The Giants should fear this. Vick has struggled this season and in 2011 by trying to be too much of a robot. He was at his best in ’10 when he let it rip, so to speak. There have been plenty of mistakes and turnovers along the way, but if Vick can go out and beat a defense that was white-hot this time a year ago, he should be able to convince a general manager and a head coach to give him a chance.
Vick last played on Nov. 11, since relinquishing his starting job to Foles. His future, though, is still in front of him. Vick has a few chapters left in his story, and he can start writing them Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
"I just miss it," he said. "I have an opportunity to go out and play and I'm excited about it."