Michael Vick excited about Chip Kelly; thinks he can rush for 1,000 yards

Michael Vick recently restructured his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles to make it more cap-friendly, and early indications are that he will have yet another chance to resurrect his career now that Chip Kelly is running the show. As we know, Kelly’s spread offense at Oregon relied on having a mobile quarterback. If he is looking to recreate that approach at the NFL level, Vick could be a valuable asset in Philly.

How valuable? In an appearance on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on Tuesday, Vick said he will be looking to regain his status as one of the “elite” quarterbacks in the league when the 2013 season begins. And he’s setting his sights high.

“In 2006, I ran for 1,000 yards — and it wasn’t hard,” Vick said, via Pro Football Talk. “I feel like I still can do that … Once you start trying not to get hurt, that’s when you get hurt. I think I have to go out, play lights-out football, and not worry about getting hurt.”

Health will obviously be the biggest concern, as usual. Kelly insists that Vick and second-year quarterback Nick Foles will have an open competition for the starting job during training camp, but Vick is owed a base salary of $7 million in 2013 with his new deal. That’s the type of money a starter earns — not a backup. Assuming he does win the job, Vick feels as though he and Kelly will be effective together.

“I could tell that he was innovative, and that’s what it’s all about in this league,” Vick said of Kelly. “You have to be able to change up from week to week and I think Chip will be able to do that. I think I can handle that.”

The question is can his body handle it. That 2006 season with the Atlanta Falcons that Vick referenced is the only time in his career he has played in all 16 games. However, you could argue that Kelly’s run-and-gun offense will help protect Vick from taking some of the hits he took last year while standing in the pocket. Spread offenses can mask poor offensive line play and leave quarterbacks less susceptible to big hits. The prospect of Kelly and Vick paired together is exciting, even if history isn’t on Vick’s side.

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  • SpinMax

    How could this possibly go wrong

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2KTZDBN4KZNOTXYR2BHYSKP3M Rich

    I thought he played “lights out” football last year (and the year before that).  That didn’t work out so well for us.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y7L5XJJPGEM7FSSFRQZBAOJDW4 Richard

    no way he can stay healthy all year..let alone if he tries to run more

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5INIOPPSE4JZX74FZTP3FLQWM4 Michael

    Vick’s crazy. He get’s hurt in every game, and now he’s going to run more ? Good luck with that Philly fan’s. By mid-season you’ll wish Reid never left !

  • http://www.facebook.com/tootalltimmy Tim Whatley

    I think he got hit in the head to hard.

  • Expedition9495

    Take a look at SF, SEA, both QB’s stayed healthy, in the same offense Chip is looking to install….the problem was the Def in Philly, not the offense or Vick. Keep in mind, when Vick was in ATL his team lead the league in rushing, and the starting running back was Warrick Dunn. With Vick in a run first offense, he could be lethal. If you research, all of Vick’s injuries occurred while scrambling, not on designed runs.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Howells/100001718220886 Tom Howells

    uhoh the dog killer is gonna run for 1000 yards , last year he was poppin off about beagles being dynasty , year before it was dream team, dont theses jailbirds ever shut up