Michael Vick’s Teammates Feel He Fits Chip Kelly’s OffenseBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
One of the important elements of the Michael Vick and Nick Foles battle was that it happened in front of their teammates. I think both of them have more garnered more confidence from their teammates than they had when the competition started.
They also feel this offense was fits Vick like a glove.
“The biggest thing with Michael Vick is, when you say his name, when you see him in the lineup, when you prepare for him, is the running ability that he has,” running back LeSean McCoy said yesterday. “In this offense, we do tons of running, as far as the quarterback and the running back, so you never know who has the ball. And we’re going at such a high tempo/pace in the offense that Mike can throw it, he can run it.
“This offense, it fits him so well. He can be so deadly. There’s times where we watch tape and he hands the ball off to me and then he’s going around with his fake and he’s taking two guys with him until they realize that he doesn’t have the ball. When that happens, you take less defenders out of the box where you don’t have to block ‘em.”
Vick and McCoy are starting to look very good running that read option.
“That’s a no-brainer,” wideout Jason Avant said about Vick fitting this offense. “With the reads and all those types of things, Mike is a very dynamic player with the ball in his hands. suits him. But Nick is very, very capable of running this offense at a very high level. Both guys have done well this preseason.”
“There’s just a lot of opportunities for the quarterback to show their athleticism in this kind of offense”, guard Ethan Mathis said regarding Vick and Chip Kelly’s offense. “There’s a lot of choices for the quarterback. There’s some plays we run that are options, and if you have a quarterback with the speed that Michael Vick has, then some of those plays can end up being pretty dangerous.”
“Oh man, he’s eating better, he’s eating healthy, he’s eating salads,” DeSean Jackson said while talking about Vick. “I can go on and on. He’s staying after practice. He’s staying in the meeting rooms. He’s one of the first guys in the building, one of the last players to leave the field and things like that. He’s really, from Day One when Chip Kelly came in this offense, he’s really grasped an understanding of what it is that he’s gonna have to do as far as reads… things like that to really be able to throw defenses off-guard.
“With him having a year left on his contract… he kind of always just stressed that, like, ‘I’m gonna do what I can on this last year. What happens is gonna happen, but I think it’s gonna be a great shot.’ He wants everybody to know he still can play this game at a high level.”
Despite all this confidence and talk, a twist of an ankle, shot to the ribs, head or elsewhere and Foles could be getting his helmet. There are some serious dangers to running with the football in the NFL.
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