What Does The Future Hold For The Quarterback Position?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Sunday, February 17th, 2013
Mike Vick doesn’t get it. This quote most recently provided via 97.5 The Fanatic should come as no surprise. At face value, a bizarre string of personnel decisions and an announcement from Chip Kelly of a quarterback competition leaning toward Vick beginning the season under center have many questioning the hiring of the new head coach.
Specific to Vick, anyone lucky enough to get another chance in this situation to be a starting quarterback in the NFL would be willing to make different statements and concessions when asked what will be different this year. Statements like “I need to make better decisions with the ball”, “I need to avoid taking big hits”, “I need to slide”, “I need to be able to read defenses and change plays at the line more often”, “I need to be more patient and not force the big play.”
Vick is going to do exactly what he said above. In an offense designed by Kelly that requires quick throws, release, and decisions, the former Pro Bowler will struggle and not thrive with the new design if he is in fact the quarterback that starts the 2013 season. The Mike Vick approach has resulted in the opposite of the projected quotes above over the years. Chip Kelly also prefers a quarterback that can be a running threat. Although Vick is older, he can still run fast enough to elude most tacklers, the problem is he is injury-prone and has no idea of when to get out of bounds or slide before getting crushed by headhunting linebackers and safeties.
Is Mike Vick an elite quarterback? No. Is he a good quarterback? No. Is he an average quarterback? Yes. I believe if he is under center this year his statistics should be slightly better than last season if the offensive line can remain healthy before he is injured a couple games into the season. The one admirable quality of Vick is his toughness. He’ll take countless hits, and keeps bouncing right back up. The offensive line last year was horrendous and even Nick Foles was destroyed on a weekly basis as well.
If Foles is in fact dealt, and the the Eagles lose Vick a few games into the season, what is the plan? Dennis Dixon? I don’t think that Chip Kelly hasn’t thought about this scenario, and I think there is some type of plan in place that inserts another variable into this situation.
My personal opinion is that the Eagles are doing what they can to increase the perceptive value of Mike Vick this offseason. They restructured his salary and saved money, they also included performance incentives for Vick to make up to $10 million dollars. This is contingent that he steps foot on the field and beat out Nick Foles for the position if he is still on the roster. Cutting Vick is not an option for the Eagles at this point, I am not sure what value he would even have on the market in a trade right now. I don’t think you could argue the trade value of Vick is higher than Foles.
My biggest fear is trading Foles and seeing him turn out to be a great quarterback. I think Foles will be a great NFL quarterback and it would be a mistake to let him go. I understand he may not be the fit for this system, however, if traded, Nick Foles will most likely be the first bad quarterback trade for the Eagles since the Andy Reid era began.
I have to think that Chip Kelly, despite the questions around the decisions he’s made thus far, is an extremely intelligent coach. I also think that he wants to keep his job a long time, I do not think it will vie well for him if Mike Vick takes center in 2013 and I would be shocked if he is still the starting quarterback in 2014.
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