Just this week, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to give QB Michael Vick one more shot at glory when the squad signed him to a one-year deal worth up to $10 million.
For the majority of the 2012 NFL season, it looked like the Eagles would let Vick go in the three days following Super Bowl XLVII, being that the organization would not have owed him anymore money on his monstrous six-year, $100 million contract if the deadline was met.
Well, head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles clearly had other ideas when they let the deadline fly by before choosing Vick as their man behind center for the 2013 campaign.
Once Kelly fled the University of Oregon for the ‘City of Brotherly Love,’ the previous assumptions about Vick’s imminent departure certainly came into question. Kelly’s furiously-fast, spread option style of offense is just the type of system that a mobile QB like Vick is bound to flourish in.
But at the same time, Vick just capped off his 11th NFL season, and he seems to become more and more fragile as his career carries on. It is no secret that Vick has taken a beating throughout his professional tenure, which is largely due to his style of play and his reluctance when it comes to avoiding contact.
So, because of the overwhelming lack of durability that Vick has shown in recent years, I think that it would be very wise for the Eagles to still look to acquire a young quarterback with the speed and arm-strength necessary to run Kelly’s explosive system. The way I see it, QB Nick Foles would be useless in Kelly’s offense because of his lack of mobility and his questionable throwing accuracy.
Ideally, the Eagles should target QB Geno Smith out of West Virginia University in the 2013 NFL Draft, or they should look to trade for a speedster behind center who is currently in an NFL backup role, like Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor or Baltimore Ravens QB Tyrod Taylor.
No matter which QB the Eagles decide to go after, the team is going to have to acquire insurance for Vick, and a franchise signal-caller for the future.
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