Michael Vick is now the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. While this is a major development for new head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles, it shouldn’t be a milestone that Vick takes pride in.
Vick has had no trouble starting for an NFL franchise. He has held off the competition at every stop he’s had. Vick’s problem has been staying healthy, not turning the football over, and lasting a full 16 game season while withstanding the rigors of football both physically and mentally.
Vick seems like a new man in Coach Kelly’s uptempo offense, and his potential in this offense seems limitless. This period of time reminds me of 2010 when former Eagles coach Andy Reid retaught Vick the basic fundamentals of playing the quarterback position and he went on to have a monster season finishing second in MVP voting behind Hall of Fame legend Tom Brady.
Winning the starting job is just the first step in Vick’s maturation process in this offense. He must now keep the job and lead the Eagles to victories. To do this he must limit turnovers and boneheaded decisions and most critically stay healthy. Coach Kelly says the best ability is durability. Durability has been arguably Vick’s most fatal flaw so far in his career.
Vick can never seem to last 16 games in a season with his reckless abandon and aggressive style of play. If Vick can stay healthy he is due for a huge season in an offense that caters to a mobile quarterback. However, if he gets injured or has an inconsistent stretch of games that sees the Eagles lose games in succession you can bet Coach Kelly will not be hesitant to pull the trigger on a quarterback change that sees Nick Foles entrenched in this offense. This is Vick’s swan song in midnight green. His final chance. Will he make the most of his last opportunity? Time will tell, but if he does this offense centered around Vick, LeSean “Shady” McCoy, and DeSean Jackson could be unstoppable.