Philadelphia Eagles: Key To Michael Vick's Success Will Be Durability

By Sonny Bryan
Michael Vick
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As we all know, Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles when they hit the field in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins and rightfully so.

However, we also know about Vick’s durability issues, so people may question whether or not he can survive a 16-game season under Chip Kelly‘s offense.

So far from what we have seen, Kelly has a high-tempo offense that will require his quarterback to run. Now we all know that Vick is never shy to run the football, especially when he sees an opening. Obviously, Kelly has installed the read-option, which can be a double-edged sword.

The good part about the read-option is that it is a proven play that can gain an offense a respectable amount of yards, especially with a talented running back like LeSean McCoy in the backfield. McCoy and Vick should be a deadly combo with the read-option, and it will most likely be their bread-and-butter play.

However, on the flip side of the read-option, your quarterback will be exposed to injuries when he runs or even hands it off to the running back. Now we’ve seen what happened to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III last season when a quarterback runs too much. Vick has a history with durability issues, so the chances of him getting injured this season may increase with the read-option in the Eagles’ playbook.

Kelly has also stated that backup quarterback Nick Foles will not be traded, which is a good idea. It’s best to keep Foles behind Vick just in case history repeats itself with Vick getting injured again. Foles played well in the preseason and proved he can run Kelly’s offense, but not as well as Vick.

A scenario that is very possible to happen may result in  Vick losing his job as well. If he goes down with an injury for say, three games, and Foles comes in a shines, then Kelly may be forced to keep Foles in even after Vick is healthy since Foles has the hot hand.

This is something that happened to Vick, but he was on the other side of the table when Kevin Kolb went down with a concussion in Week 1 of 2010 season and was forced to take a seat on the bench because Vick was lighting it up. So he has to be safe on the field and protect himself so he can protect his job.

A lot is riding on Vick this season. Many people might overly optimistic about Vick having a Pro Bowl year under Kelly, but we will have to wait until the regular season starts to see that. He definitely has the skills to excel in Kelly’s offense, but his durability may get in the way of his success since there will be designed running plays around him.

We have also seen Vick not sliding yet again in the preseason a he prefers to dive instead. As long as he protects himself and the ball, then Kelly shouldn’t have a problem, but that’s a big “if”.

I have a feeling that Vick will have an excellent season, but I’m not going to get my hopes up after two preseason game. He is still an excellent quarterback, but the injuries in the past may come back to haunt him in this offense.

Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50

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