PHILADELPHIA - Until Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon or someone else is named the Eagles' starting quarterback, Michael Vick considers it his job to lose.
One day after new coach Chip Kelly declared it an open competition, Vick made it clear Wednesday that he intends to be in the lineup when the Eagles' open the 2013 season in September.
"Honestly, I still look at it as this is still my team and it's still my job," Vick said after the team's minicamp workout at the NovaCare Complex. "I know there's going to be competition every day, but that can only make me a better player. I'm confident in myself and my abilities. That's the mindset I have to have. I'm very excited to be a part of this."
Kelly made it clear on Tuesday that no one has an inside track to be the starter.
Vick, Foles and Dixon are all taking reps with the starting offense, despite the fact that Vick and Dixon - who played for Kelly at the University of Oregon - are more versatile and better runners than Foles.
"I think they are all good quarterbacks," Kelly said. "I think people are putting too much into does this guy run, does this guy not run? We've had guys at Oregon, Darron Thomas took us to a National Championship and a Rose Bowl and rushed for 200 yards during a 14-game season. Sometimes there's a misconception of what I'm looking for in a quarterback. I'm looking for a quarterback that can help us score points and win games. If we have to throw it 50 times, we'll throw it 50 times."
Vick was impressed enough with Kelly - and vice-versa - to re-sign with the Eagles rather than request his release and seek out another team via free agency. He essentially signed a one-year contract on Feb. 11 that could be worth as much as $10 million if he reaches various incentives.
Based on his early performances in Kelly's offense, he may be in position to reach those goals. Although the practices have been closed to the media, Vick couldn't contain his excitement after Wednesday's workout.
"After the practice I had today, I'd say this offense fits my skill set very well," he said with a smile. "It's very uptempo, very fast-paced and I feel like I really have a chance to do well with it.
"(The offense) is one of the reasons I wanted to come back to Philly for another year. The city has always been great to me and (Eagles owner) Jeffrey Lurie has always been awesome and outstanding. The the new coach was also a determining factor in my coming back here to give this another shot."