PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick has another chance to show his teammates and the rest of the league he's still a pretty good quarterback.
Vick will start Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles (4-11) close out their season against the New York Giants (8-7). It's fitting Vick will play possibly his last game for the Eagles at the Meadowlands.
Things haven't been quite the same for Vick and the team since his last start at the Giants. On Dec. 19, 2010, Vick led the Eagles back from a 21-point deficit with 8:17 remaining to beat the Giants 38-31 and clinch the NFC East title.
That remarkable comeback was the highlight of his four seasons in Philadelphia. Vick was the AP Comeback Player of the Year in 2010, started for the NFC in his fourth Pro Bowl and signed a $100 million contract before the start of the next season.
But since that win over the Giants, the Eagles are 10-14 in Vick's starts, including a playoff loss to Green Bay.
What went wrong?
I can't tell you, Vick said Wednesday. Just so many moving parts, guys in and out. We had coaching changes and things of that nature. I really can't say what happened or what went wrong. It is what it is. It's not the first organization this has happened to and it certainly won't be the last.
Vick is eager to get on the field after a concussion forced him to miss five games and being a healthy scratch last week. Rookie Nick Foles was named the starter for the rest of the season after Vick missed a couple games, but he's out with a broken hand.
So, Vick gets one more opportunity. His future in Philadelphia is uncertain. Coach Andy Reid is unlikely to return and massive changes are expected.
I'm not putting pressure on myself to go out and try to put on a great performance in the sense of an audition, Vick said. I think it's about just going out and playing and doing what you love to do.Vick has struggled, committing 14 turnovers in nine games. He has 2,165 yards passing, 11 TDs and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 79.2.
The Eagles started 3-1 with Vick leading them to comeback wins on final-drive TDs in the first two games. But they fell apart, lost eight straight and are missing the playoffs for the second straight year for the first time in Reid's 14 seasons.