Michael Vick has been a polarizing figure every since the Eagles signed him after his brief prison stay. Its rare that brothers agree on a lot of things. And we at Brotherly Love Nation are divided on this topic. My colleague has already stated that he does not believe Michael Vick should or will be a member of the team in 2013. But I think that he is the teams best offense to run Chip Kelly's offense. I will give you my reasons for why I think Vick should be on the team in 2013.
I first want to state that I'm not a blind Vick loyalist as I supported Reid's decision to start the rookie over Vick in the final weeks of the season And I was more than ready to say bye bye to Vick and let Foles be the starter for at least the 2013 season But things changed the moment Reid was fired and Chip Kelly was hired.
*This all hinges on Vick taking a significant pay cut by restructure his contract. He is not worth close to the $16 million he is owed.
1. Most Coaches want "their Guy"
Most times when a coach goes to any team, they want "their" players. And many times that includes a QB.Over the last two seasons and 14 coaching changes, 12 of the coaches have either taken a QB in the 1st or 2nd round in the first two years, the QB was a recent 1st round pick or the QB had recently gone to a Pro Bowl. 6 coaches have taken a QB in the 1st or 2nd in the next 2 seasons (5 1st, 1 2nd). In 4 occasions, the team spent a recent 1st round pick on a QB (3 top ten picks). 2 of the team's had a QB who has gone to a Pro Bowl in recent seasons (Romo and Cassel). The only 2 times that there has been a new coach and don't fit the last 3 criteria Where both Raider coaches! And Foles is neither a former first round pick or a former Pro Bowl QB and the Raiders aren't a franchise you want to be like.
2. Foles doesn't fit chip's system
Chip Kelly has already publicly stated that the "likes" Foles. I wouldn't read much into this because what is he supposed to say. I do think he does like Foles, but does he want to hand him the keys to the franchise? People have said that Kelly doesn't need a running QB, but I think he needs some with some athleticism And Foles may be the slowest QB in football. He had the slowest QB 40 time at last seasons combine (5.14). By comparison Eagles tackle Jason Peters ran a 5.06 (in 2004) and he was listed at 336 LBS.
My colleague also had a quote of Kelly saying his QB doesn't need to run and his QB only ran for 200 yards the previous season (2011). The part about the 200 yards is true (206 yards), but that same QB also ran for 486 yards the prior season (2010). And the in 2011, their starting QB ran for 752 yards and 5 TD's. Over Kelly's 6 seasons at Oregon (2 as OC, 4 as HC), his QB's have averaged 101 attempts for 568 yards and 7.50 TD's. Last season Foles had 11 attempts for 42 yards and 1 TD. Foles fit Reid's offense that valued quick decision making and precise accuracy Kelly runs more of a wide open spread type offense. Will he bring this exact offense to the pro's? Probably not. But a large portion of it will come along.
3. The future qb is not on the roster