Eagles GM backs Michael Vick

Let’s see if we can keep score of this accurately.

The Philadelphia Eagles were reportedly interested in making a play for Peyton Manning but it’s hard to blame anyone for pursuing that possibility. They’ve also been linked to Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who most likely will be off the board before the Eagles select.

And now general manager Howie Roseman clarifies everything for us: Michael Vick is the man.

We have so much confidence in Michael Vick leading our team. The way that he works and the determination he has, we're all in with Michael," Roseman said Thursday in a session with media, according to the team’s Web site. “Michael is still a young quarterback. He looks great to me. He's healthy and he's determined. We feel very lucky to have him as our franchise quarterback.”

Statistically, Vick has done well for the Eagles as the starter the past two seasons but he’s struggled with injuries at times and the team tanked from the start last year, stumbling to a 4-8 record before rallying to finish .500. It’s a critical year for coach Andy Reid but also for Vick, 31.

“Everyone wants to find a quarterback. You talk about the history and the league as it is now, it's a passing league and you don't feel very confident that you can win in the long term if you don't have that guy," Roseman said.

The Eagles believe they have that guy in Vick. Time will tell.

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