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Michael Vick doesn’t like sharing first-team reps with Nick Foles

Michael-Vick-NFL-top-100-list-jokeChip Kelly has made it clear that he will be holding an open competition for the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback position all summer, and that may be starting to weigh on Michael Vick. According to Rob Edwards of the South Jersey Times, Vick took the majority of the first-team snaps on Thursday at the last day of mini-camp. But he wants to earn all of them.

“It’s tough (not taking all first-team snaps),” Vick said. “I have continued to be a professional and put feelings and emotions to the side. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t (tough). I have to deal with it and keep dealing with it until I see otherwise.

“(Coach Kelly and I) haven’t talked about it yet. Coach knows exactly what he’s doing and we don’t question him, we just listen.”

Foles is probably already a better passer than Vick at this stage in his career. He has reportedly been impressive with some throws during practice while Vick has struggled a bit, but common sense would tell you Vick is a better fit for Kelly’s offense.

If Kelly intends to incorporate anything similar to what he was running at Oregon, he needs a mobile quarterback. The advantage there obviously goes to Vick, though Chip would be dumb to not make him earn it. Foles also has an advantage in age, which Vick knows.

“I feel good with where I’m at,” he said. “I have to continue to progress and keep drinking my youth juice.”

My guess is Vick wins the starting job unless he completely bombs at training camp. Despite what this former Eagles quarterback thinks, Kelly is probably going to run a spread offense that will benefit from having a quarterback who can run. That’s not to say Vick won’t make him change his mind by Week 6.

Michael Vick: I’m the fastest QB in the NFL

Michael-Vick-NFL-top-100-list-jokeMichael Vick will have a lot to prove if he can earn the starting quarterback job with the Philadelphia Eagles this season, and he seems confident that he can prove plenty with the things he has said this offseason. The latest has to do with his speed. Simply put, Vick still feels that he is the fastest quarterback in the NFL.

“These guys are young and they’re fast and they’re quick, the thing I do have is a very quick get-up,” Vick told The Dan Patrick Show on Friday, via Pro Football Talk. “I really don’t feel like there’s a quarterback in the league who can beat me in a 40-yard dash. If somebody wants to set something up, I’ll be more than glad to accept the challenge. But as of right now I’m going to say me. But Colin Kaepernick is fast and RG3 is fast as well.”

Quarterbacks seem to be getting more athletic as the years pass, and Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick are two great examples of that. Vick struggled mightily last season while both of the aforementioned players burst onto the scene, but the veteran may have a point when it comes to speed.

Earlier this month, Vick reportedly dusted Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in a 40-yard sprint. McCoy is one of the more explosive players in the league, so beating him in that type of race by a large margin is no easy feat. Vick has made some horrible decisions with the ball over the past couple of years, but that has nothing to do with his speed and quickness. I wouldn’t be surprised if he beat RG3 or Kaepernick in a 40-yard dash.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Michael Vick reportedly torches LeSean McCoy in 40-yard race

Michael Vick may have had an incredibly disappointing season with the Philadelphia Eagles last year, but that does not necessarily mean he has lost a step. On Tuesday, Vick and running back LeSean McCoy reportedly raced during practice. Guess who won.

Michael-Vick-LeSean-McCoyAccording to Pro Football Talk, the friendly sprint had been a long time coming. A league source told PFT that McCoy had been hounding Vick for weeks and calling him an “old man.” Vick finally agreed to race him and supposedly beat him by about five yards, much to the enjoyment of their Eagles teammates.

McCoy is by no means slow. He’s one of the most athletic running backs in the league and has good breakaway speed. He’s also 24 years old and Vick is 32, which explains the whole “old man” thing. Vick later taunted the former Pitt Panther on Twitter.

Chip Kelly has yet to make a decision on who his starting quarterback will be in 2013, but it has to be a good sign that Vick still has the explosiveness that has made him one of the most dangerous playmakers in the league. That speed could turn out to be a valuable weapon in Kelly’s spread offense.

Chip Kelly: Michael Vick struggled because of poor pass protection

When the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly to be their next head coach, one of the first thoughts that popped into peoples’ minds was that Michael Vick’s career could be saved. Kelly turned Oregon into a national contender by running an up-tempo spread offense, and Vick is arguably the most athletic quarterback in the NFL. If anyone is going to resurrect his career, it could be Kelly.

As of now, it sounds like Kelly intends to go with Vick as his starting quarterback. He’s pinning a lot of what happened last season on poor offensive line play.

“The one thing I think with a quarterback is they get too much blame when things don’t go well and they get too much praise when things do go well,” Kelly told WIP’s Angelo Cataldi on Tuesday. “But which Michael Vick do you have? The guy in 2010 who is the comeback player of the year and is running all over the field making great decisions? A lot of that because he’s clean in protection, he’s not getting hit immediately after he’s getting the snap.

“The one thing, when I watched the film and I saw Michael last year, you just kind of almost felt bad for him, is you lost four lineman to season ending injuries. There is a comfort level when you are playing quarterback when Jason Peters is your left tackle. There is not as much of a comfort level if I’m playing left tackle. So when you’re worried about a guy coming off the edge before you can get to the top of your drop and make a throw, then that’s a tough thing to do.”

There is a lot of truth to that. Vick has taken a beating over the past couple of seasons. That being said, his decision making has also been horrendous. Some of his poor throws were the result of pressure, but others were forced into triple-coverage. If Vick is going to succeed again as the Eagles’ starter, there will have to be a balance. His protection needs to be better and his decisions need to be more sound. Otherwise, Nick Foles could be the man for the job.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview
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Michael Vick book signing appearances cancelled amid controversial response, threats

Three scheduled appearances for Michael Vick’s upcoming book tour have been cancelled, PhillyMag.com reports.

Vick began a tour to promote his new book “Michael Vick: Finally Free” on March 2 in Charlotte. He was scheduled to have his next signing in Atlanta on Saturday, but that appearance and ones in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have been cancelled.

PhillyMag.com says the signings were scrapped because of threats to Vick, his family, and the stores.

“While we stand by Michael Vick’s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances,” Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, said per Philly Mag. “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”

Though Philly Mag reported that the signings were cancelled because of threats, it looks like the New Jersey book store actually cancelled the planned signing because of boycott threats from customers.

Books & Greetings in New Jersey sent an email to its customers Sunday night to inform them that Vick’s appearance was being cancelled:

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Michael Vick is taking his dog to training classes

Michael Vick dog training

Is there any website more plugged-in to the pet life of Michael Vick than Crossing Broad? In October, the Philly sports site was first to point out that Vick had a box of dog treats on the dining table at his home. After the picture of Vick’s dog treats went viral, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback confirmed that he is a dog owner once again. Now Crossing Broad is sharing word that Vick is taking his pooch to training classes.

According to Crossing Broad’s tipsters, Vick signed up for six dog training classes at a New Jersey PetSmart. The classes are weekly, and Vick, his family and a bodyguard reportedly have been attending dog training classes for Angel, the family’s Belgian Malinois.

Some people are still outraged that Vick has anything to do with a dog, but I’m not. The man did more than his share of time in prison for his crimes, and he appears to be trying to show he has changed. He is not running a pit bull dog fighting ring anymore; he has a family pet dog. There are a lot of worse things one could be doing with a pet than taking it to training classes.

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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