With former University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly now running the Eagles, star wide receiver DeSean Jackson contends “it’s a no-brainer to keep” Michael Vick as the starting quarterback in Philadelphia.
The 6-foot, 215 pound Vick, who has thrown 123 touchdowns, against 82 interceptions, for 20,274 yards since the Atlanta Falcons chose him with the first pick out of Virginia Tech in the 2001 NFL Draft, could be released by Wednesday if he’s unwilling to restructure his $15.5 million base salary for 2013.
“For sure I can see it. Now that Chip Kelly is our offensive coordinator, I mean our head coach, Michael Vick I think it’s a no-brainer to keep him here,” said Jackson, 26, who has caught 274 balls for 4,785 yards and 23 scores since the Eagles took him out of the University of California with the 49th selection in the 2008 draft. “It fits (Vick’s) playing style and what he’s done perfect.”
The 32-year-old Vick, the winner of the 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award who was shelved in favor of the immortal Nick Foles after being concussed in November, tossed 12 scores, in contrast to 10 picks, for 2,362 yards over 10 games and struggled with the Eagles (4-12) last season.
A mere day after Philadelphia was shellacked 42-7 by the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Andy Reid was axed and weeks later the organization hired the 49-year-old Kelly.
Kelly, the 2010 Associated Press Coach of the Year, operated an unpredictable and rapid no-huddle offense while running the Ducks in Eugene.
“Honestly, I don’t know what it is exactly he’s going to do, but all I can say is I’m very excited,” said Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowler and 2009 All-Pro who competed against Kelly as a Golden Bear in college. “That conversation we had with Chip. He was like, ‘Man, now I’m happy I can coach you and have you scoring against other teams instead of me.’”
Kelly detests sacks and Vick, who is the all-time NFL leading rusher for quarterbacks with 5,551 yards and 34 scores, has been forced to perform behind a depleted offensive line that couldn’t block Clay Aiken.
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Regardless, as the blazing 5-foot-10, 175 pound Jackson aptly noted, Kelly’s offensive philosophy is ideal for Vick.
Michael Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who missed winning the MVP race by a pubic hair two years ago, and Chip Kelly would develop into a formidable duo and Philadelphia’s suits should work “to keep him” in the “City of Brotherly Love.”by