Although Monday was supposed to be a day for introductions to Chip Kelly’s coaching staff and answers about the team’s plans on defense, it was the surprising restructuring of Michael Vick’s contract stole the headlines.
Vick’s deal is a one-year pact which could reportedly be worth as much as $10 million. We’ll see what the real money is in the coming days.
The deal makes sense for Vick, even though he’ll lose some guaranteed money. Vick has to figure that Kelly’s scheme is more likely to score big results and revive his slumping career than a move elsewhere.
“I am grateful and proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle. My heart is in Philly and this community is important to me,” said Vick via a statement. “I look forward to playing for Coach Kelly, Jeffrey Lurie and the entire Eagles organization, the city of Philadelphia and the fans. I am training hard this offseason and will be ready for Coach Kelly’s team vision and leadership. Our goal is to win.”
While Chip Kelly was certainly interested in the 32-year-old quarterbacks skills, it seemed likely that the team would part ways with Vick as it ushers in a new era.
Kelly had previously talked about the need to protect the football and get it out quick which Vick struggled with a year ago. So what’s the deal?
“That depends on the system that you run. Some systems don’t ask you to get the ball out quick. Do I think he can get the ball out quick? I think he’s got an unbelievable release,” said Kelly. “It’s up and out and it’s quick. I don’t know what he was asked to do in the past but that’s our job as coaches to put him in a situation where he can get the ball out quickly because we do have some playmakers on the offensive side of the ball who are going to flourish when we get the ball in their hands. That’s on us as coaches — a lot of times that’s not on the quarterbacks.”
Translation: Andy Reid didn’t put Vick in position to make plays. I can.
Although Kelly praised the skills of Nick Foles, he likely had concerns over the second-year quarterback’s ability to run his high-octane offense. Kelly was adamant that it will be an open competition, but that the team was willing to commit to Vick indicates that he’s the leader in the clubhouse for the job.