With Chip Kelly, What Will Happen To Michael Vick?
Having signed former University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, the next order of business for the Philadelphia Eagles concerns quarterback Michael Vick.
After an impressive 2010 season, his first season as a starting quarterback since being released from prison, Vick signed a lucrative $100 million contract extension. But over the last two years Vick, 32, has struggled mightily and was even benched for the latter portion of this season. Considering Vick has been injury prone, and is due over $30 million combined the next two seasons, it seemed a near-guarantee that his time in Philadelphia was over. That is, until the Eagles signed Kelly.
Kelly ran an extremely fast-paced offensive scheme at the University of Oregon predicated on elite athleticism, and if Vick is healthy (a huge "if" for a player who has only played one full NFL season in 10 years) he would be a great fit.
"A lot of people say [Kelly's] system wouldn't translate [to the NFL], but you see the success that [Colin] Kaepernick's having and Russell Wilson and RGIII [Robert Griffin III]," former Oregon Duck and current Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson told USA Today. "You get a great quarterback like that, and you can make that system run.” Dickson later added, "Vick could be the right guy. That's one of the guys. Another guy is on our team right now: No. 10 [Dennis Dixon of the Baltimore Ravens]. I'd be going after those guys."
For Oregon fans and Eagles hopefuls, here's what Vick looks like at his best.