There has been a great deal of speculation about the quarterback situation for the Philadelphia Eagles since Andy Reid was relieved of his duties and Chip Kelly was hired. Before Kelly was hired, it was widely believed that Philly would part ways with Michael Vick and would likely move on with Nick Foles as their signal caller. Because of the type of offense that Kelly runs, there is a much better chance that Vick will remain with the club, despite his underwhelming performance over the last two years.
Now, DeSean Jackson is adding his two cents on the situation. In an interview with cbssports.com, the diva wide receiver said that it was a “no- brainer” to bring Vick back. He followed that up by saying “Mike is coming back, I want my big bro to be back in Philly.” I hate to break it to you, DeSean, but just because you want him back doesn’t mean squat to the organization. You may be used to getting everything handed to you because of your athletic ability, but you don’t get to pick your quarterback. The decision makers are going to do what they feel is best for the team, regardless of your opinion on the matter.
“I think Vick is still capable of doing some great things, especially with Chip having that spread offense,” Jackson went on to say. If Vick is, in fact, capable of still doing some great things, he hasn’t shown it over the last two seasons. His play has steadily declined since his exceptional 2010 season. Vick has displayed an innate inability to read defenses or win consistently. With an organization that is in the midst of a major overhaul, Vick has not demonstrated the ability to lead that will be required of the Eagles quarterback in 2013.
Furthermore, Kelly’s offense doesn’t require someone that is a speedster. They do have to have some athletic ability, but they don’t have to run a 4.4 40-yard dash. Kelly is also probably going to make some changes to his offense in order to make it more effective in the pro-game as well. The main thing is finding a quarterback with solid fundamentals and decision-making ability. That isn’t Vick.
Sure, Vick still has some gas left in the tank (he should, considering the fact that he has only ever played one full season) and is clearly a superb athlete, but he is not the answer for the Eagles. I’m not saying that Foles is either, and I don’t see a whole lot of can’t miss options in the draft. Vick may very well remain the starting quarterback for the Eagles, but it won’t be because of what he can do, but because the other options are unproven. The Eagles know what they’re getting with Vick, even if it leaves a lot to be desired.