Just as suddenly as QB Michael Vick erupted back into the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, following a two-year prison sentence, the 10-year vet looked to be fumbling and injuring himself right back out of the league that he had just fought so hard to return to.
But following an embarrassing and certainly humbling 4-12 campaign last season, the entire Eagles’ organization has received a massive face-lift and is ready for a brand new era in 2013. Former legendary University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is now leading the charge for the Eagles with a dangerously fast and explosive offensive system that utilizes a spread look that is jam-packed with speed at every position.
Kelly’s spread offense is a god-send for Vick, as it is one of the most innovative and modern offensive packages to ever hit the NFL. The heavy reliance on up-tempo rhythm, superior athletic ability and all-around versatility makes Vick the perfect kind of quarterback to lead the way.
Before the likes of QBs Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick entered the league over the past two seasons, Vick was the only NFL quarterback who was a legitimate threat in the running game for nearly a decade. In his final season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006, Vick became the first NFL quarterback to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a single regular season.
It is highly, highly, I repeat, highly, unlikely that Vick will ever again come close to 1,000 rushing yards, but I think that it is reasonable to say that Vick could churn for at least 700 yards over a full season.
But nevermind the statistics; if the Eagles had chosen anybody but Kelly as their head coach in 2013, Vick would be in another city, barely clinging onto his final days in the league.