On Aug. 13, 2009, the Eagles shocked fans and the football world by signing Michael Vick.
On Aug. 13, 2012, Vick is entrenched as the Eagles' starting quarterback.
"It's like an anniversary, huh? A celebration?" offensive coordinator Mornhinweg said. "I knew exactly what we were getting. Even though I hadn't met him three years ago, I will tell you, when we got him, it had been going on two years where he hadn't played. However, even then, he was still one of the great players in the game. That was my thought process there. I do know he has really worked to play the quarterback position at a high level. Now he's chased that perfection every day. He wants to become a master at that position, as well as being one of the dynamic players in the game."
Vick's tenure in Philadelphia has been marked by both excellence and injury, and the Eagles need to determine which quarterback they have this season. Vick suffered a left thumb contusion in Thursday's preseason game, but Mornhinweg said Vick is otherwise "having a terrific camp."
In the first preseason game, the Eagles' offense starters played only six snaps and had two three-and-outs. Mornhinweg said he was "extremely disappointed in more than several things" and expects better execution in next week's preseason game against the Patriots.
Vick's inability to get into a rhythm on Thursday was the byproduct of an offense that lacked precision, which was "one of things" that disappointed Mornhinweg.
Mornhinweg said Vick's pocket presence is an area in which he'll continue to improve. Mornhinweg referenced a sack against Pittsburgh that was well protected, and Vick moved himself into the sack.
"He can get better there, and he's certainly gotten better over the last couple years there," Mornhinweg said. "Now I do say if it was a regular-season game...he would have done that better."
Look for more on Vick and the Eagles' quarterback situation in Tuesday's Inquirer.