If the Eagles want to improve upon last season’s dismal 4-12 mark and climb out of the cellar in the NFC East substantial roster changes will need to be made.
One such place the team won’t be making a change is at quarterback after yesterday’s news of Michael Vick restructuring his contract. But even with a new coaching staff and expected upgrades to last year’s roster the Eagles will be looking up at the division once again in 2013, writes Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News.
Vick will be 33 this season and hasn’t rushed for 100 yards in a game since 2010. The older a quarterback gets, the less he tends to run. Vick ran the ball only 62 times last season _ well below the 89 carries he averaged when he was the quarterbacking the Falcons. But he still averaged better than six yards per carry…Kelly needs the threat of a run by the quarterback in his offense and Vick will give him that. But don’t look for a shift in the balance of power in the NFC East with this move. The Eagles will still be looking up from the bottom at the Redskins, Giants and Cowboys in 2013 regardless of the quarterback.
Frankly, I don’t have a problem with Gosselin’s reasoning that Vick’s return will stunt the Eagles growth. There’s a solid argument to be made to support that premise. But to predict in February that the team will once again finish behind the Redskins, Giants and Cowboys, well, that’s a bit premature.