Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had everybody on the edge of their seats with this quarterback competition between Michael Vick and Nick Foles. He finally named Vick as his starting quarterback for the regular season. Are we in a state of shock with the outcome? Probably not, but he did make it very interesting.
Michael Vick had to earn the starting quarterback job. Vick and Foles have played extremely well during the preseason, but Vick has played at a higher level. He has been nearly flawless with his decision making going 13 of 15 for 199 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The interception was a hail mary pass attempt. Foles completed 11 of 14 pass attempts for just 96 yards. Foles also had an interception and lost a fumble.
Vick’s talent and skill set won him the starting quarterback position. He has looked very comfortable, calm and confident running Chip Kelly’s offense. Coach Kelly wants to run a fast paced, up-tempo offense. He wants his quarterbacks to make quick decisions and to get rid of the football. His quarterbacks have to be able to move around in the pocket and throw on the run. Vick has proven he can do all of that.
Vick has something to prove this season. He wants to reestablish himself as a top tier quarterback. The last two seasons has been nightmarish to say the least. Turnovers, bad decision making, poor execution, poor team play and health have been key factors for Vick’s struggles.
Michael Vick lost focus and passion to play football last season. Coach Chip Kelly is coming in with a new attitude and unique style to Philadelphia. He named Vick the starter because he was the most logical fit for the system. The offense will be simplified and is quarterback friendly to Michael Vick’s talents.
Vick is having fun again and he knows this might be his last shot at starting in the NFL. If he can reclaim that magic he had in 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles will be a dangerous opponent for anybody.