Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Reid: Vick's not looking to 'dethrone' McNabb
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Thanks to the efforts of sportsradiointerviews.com, we have the audio of Eagles coach Andy Reid's interview on WIP 610 in Philly on Monday. Reid doesn't think Michael Vick will have a problem accepting his role as a Wildcat specialist and backup quarterback. Asked whether Vick could cause a rift if he's not playing enough, here's what Reid said:
"I don’t think either way; as long as your putting points on the board, it doesn’t matter. I don’t think the number of plays will be that great, it will be situational depending on what team we’re playing and Michael understands that. Michael is just happy to be back in the league right now and just kinda building a foundation here for down the road in his career. He’s not looking to dethrone Donovan McNabb, that’s not what he’s looking to do.”
And that's where I think the Eagles are being very naive. To think that Vick's not trying to dethrone McNabb is ludicrous to me. If you talk to former Falcons head coach Dan Reeves, he'll tell you that Vick's one of the most competitive players he's ever been around. He puts him right up with Roger Staubach in terms of his competitive fire. So we think Vick's going to show up in Philly with his hat in hand, just relishing the opportunity to be in an NFL uniform?
I don't believe it for a second. Things will get bumpy at about midseason.