The Eagles shocked a lot of people yesterday when the announced that QB Michael Vick had agreed to take a significant pay cut by resturcturing massive contract. Most had assumed that Vick would be following the old regime out the door and we would start fresh with Chip. Yesterday's news was mostly greeted with negitivity. I was one of the few who thought Vick would be back and I don't think its the end of the world if he's under center for the birds in 2013
2013: Vick, Dixon, Future QB
Kelly stated that Foles will compete with Vick for the starting job. I don't think it makes sense becuase the Vick and Foles couln't be any differnt. If the rumors are true that the Eagles will sign former Orgeon QB Dennis Dixon. I don't think there is any room for Foles. And if Foles isn't the future, why keep him? As I have stated prevously, I think Foles will be traded for a mid round draft pick.
Here are some reasons why Vick being back in 2013 is a bad thing
1. Vick is NOT the Future!
Its essentially a one year contract! Per CBA rules, a contract with multiple years remaining can't be restructured into a one year. It technically a 3 year deal but the final 2 years will void in March. I never said that Vick should be the long term answer but was there best option under Chip Kelly in the short term. Vick will get one final chance to show Philadelphia that he still can be a quality QB in this league.
2. Vick will be motivated
Kelly said yesterday in his press conference that Vick will get the opportunity to compete for the starting job. Vick seemed to play at his highest level when he was doubted in 2011. Now he will have to not only earn playing time, but his salery is most performance based. If he does not play and win games. He won't make a lot of money. Vick has also had a massive ego and I think the criticism and doubt from fans will only help him.
3. Square Peg, Square hole
Andy Reid was trying to make Vick a pocket QB and that is something he is not. Chip Kelly won't try to do that. He will take Vick's strengths and try to get the most out of them. Vick has never been and never will be a QB who can read defenses effectively but he has A LOT of natural talent even at his old age. If Kelly can successfully harness that talent, Vick should have a lot of success.
Another key differnece in Chip Kelly's offesne is how quickly he wants his QB to get the ball out. This was one of Vicks big problems over the last few seasons. I think it was largly because of the old regimes offense he was forced to go through is reads and stand in the pocket until an option opened up.
4. Helps The Rest of the offense learn "CHips" offense
People have said that Kelly doesn't need a mobile QB to run his offense I agree with this premise, Chip is smart coach and could run an offense with a "Pocket Passer." But that doesn't mean that is his preference. You can argue that all you want, but year after year. Kelly recruited mobile QB's and made mobile QB's his starting QB at Oregon. So I think its reasonable to assume that when Kelly "picks" his FQB (Future QB), he will have mobility (Kelly doesn't want an Eric Crouch type who runs ever play and can't throw. He wants a QB who can move around if he needs to).
So if we assume the FQB will have a similar skill set Vick or his past Oregon QB's. Kelly could implement a offense for Foles and then change the offense for the new QB. But wouldn't it be better for the rest of the offense to become accustomed to running that style in 2013 and have it mastered when the FQB takes over in 2014?
So Calm down, its not a big deal
For any Eagles fans who think the Vick news is armageddon. Take a deep breathe and calm down! Vick is just a stop gap QB who will help the rest of the offense learn Kelly's offesne. I'm not surpised that Kelly would be enamored by Vick's skill set. This is one of the main reasons I thought Vick would stick around in 2013. Maybe Vick will be reutrn to form? Even if he doesn't, 2013 is sadly a rebuilding season. I don't think they are winning the Lombardi trophy with any Qb on their roster. Kelly is a very smart football coach. So before you overreact to the news. Wait and see what Kelly does with Vick in 2013 before you make any rash decisions.