The 32-year-old Vick, A four-time Pro Bowl selection 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, inked a three-year contract with Philadelphia in February that could be worth $10 million.
“When you sit down and analyze what (Vick’s) skill set is and what he can still do, he can still throw the football, still accurate with his throws, he’s extremely tough,” said Kelly, 49, the 2010 Associated Press Coach of the Year who operated an unpredictable and rapid no-huddle offense while running the Ducks in Eugene. “There was no question in my mind that I wanted Michael to be back.”
The 6-foot, 215 pound Vick, the earner 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.
Kelly detests sacks and Vick, who is the all-time NFL leading rusher for signal-callers with 5,551 yards and 34 touchdowns, was forced to perform behind a depleted offensive line that couldn’t block a drunken Santa Claus.
Hence, Bad Newz Kennels’ mastermind has hit the gridiron frequently of late.
Still, “when you sit down” in the autumn, expect Michael Vick and Chip Kelly to become an effective tandem and ultimately restore a winning atmosphere in the “City of Brotherly Love.”by