Michael Vick: Why QB Won't Be Running New-Look Eagles Offense in 2013

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles prior to a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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After plucking offensive genius Chip Kelly from Oregon to design a new-look offense, the Philadelphia Eagles need a quarterback to run the new scheme.

While Michael Vick certainly fits the model of a QB suited for Kelly's offense, the Eagles have better options under center for the upcoming season.

NFL.com's Dan Hanzus reports that Philadelphia won't cut Vick before the contract deadline, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's here to stay with the Eagles.

Philly could still cut Vick and choose to go in another direction at the quarterback spot.

Nick Foles, who took the starting reins from Vick in 2012, immediately comes to mind as someone who could head Philadelphia next season.

His stats from last year certainly won't jump off the page at you, but he has an accurate arm and the necessary size to run the spread offense effectively.

Foles is already familiar with his receivers and should only get better under an offensive mind like Kelly.

Another option for the Eagles is Dennis Dixon. The former Oregon signal-caller played under Kelly from 2004 to 2007, according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, who reports that Kelly is interested in bringing in his ex-quarterback.

Dixon has just three NFL starts under his belt, but a reunion with Kelly could turn the 28-year-old's career around.

Given Kelly's interest in Dixon and the fact that Foles overtook Vick last season, it's clear to see that Vick isn't exactly the favorite to head the Eagles' offense next season.

At 32, Vick no longer has the durability to sustain a complete season in the NFL, let alone in Kelly's spread offense.

That's not to say Vick won't sport an Eagles uniform next season as a backup, but the odds of him being the starting QB in Philly aren't high at this point.

With Vick nearing the back-end of his career, look for the Eagles to go in a different direction in 2013.