Michael Vick in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on August 20, 2010 (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

Michael Vick Preferred The Bengals To The Philadelphia Eagles

You gotta love GQ Magazine. They have a knack for getting controversial quotes out of NFL Players. A month ago, the Steelers’ LB James Harrison called Roger Goodell “the devil”. Last week, the Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez said he wanted to fight his head coach Rex Ryan.

On deck is Michael Vick. His interview is set to be released Thursday morning, but CBS Sports got their hands on some leaked quotes and wrote a story on his controversial comments about dog-fighting. That’s great and all, but after scrolling down, I found this gem:

“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth… I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia,” Vick says. “Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”

Oh, what could have been. Take this with a grain of salt, but it makes sense. Cincinnati loves their reclamation projects (e.g. Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson, Cedric Benson, Terrell Owens… etc.)

Vick got out of prison in 2009. Going in to the 2009 season, the Bengal’s quarterbacks were Carson Palmer, Jordan Palmer, and JT O’Sullivan (signed in March of 2009). Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with the Buffalo Bills in February in 2009.

Vick was the 3rd-string QB with the Eagles when he first signed, behind starter Donovan McNabb and capable backup Kevin Kolb. With Cincinnati in 2009, Carson Palmer hadn’t shown anything special since his knee injury at the end of the 2005 season. He was the franchise QB, but there were stirrings about his future and potential. Jordan Palmer and JT O’Sullivan weren’t any major threats to replace Carson. Vick had a better opportunity with the Bengals at the time. Sigh… I suppose there’s no use thinking about what could have been.

Additionally, Andy Reid was the perfect coach to revive Vick’s career. No one expected Vick to become the superstar he is now. He built himself up with the help of the perfect coaches and the ideal system.

At the same time, this is one more thing you can tack to Mike Brown’s stellar resume.

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