Michael Vick Believes He Could Rush for 1,000 Yards in Chip Kelly's System

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 05:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to throw a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 5, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick decided to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles for a reason: He believes he can thrive under new head coach Chip Kelly. 

On Monday, the veteran quarterback restructured his deal to make up to $10 million this season in his final year before free agency, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:

A day later, he appeared on Mike and Mike in the Morning and said that he could rush for 1,000 yards next season (via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk). Vick told the hosts:

In 2006 I ran for 1,000 yards — and it wasn’t hard. I feel like I still can do that.

I could tell that he was innovative, and that’s what it’s all about in this league. 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.

This is a bold prediction for the oft-injured quarterback, who only played in one of the team's final seven games last season.

It is true that Vick ran for 1,039 yards in 2006. However, that was his last year with the Atlanta Falcons before serving time in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring.

Since that season, the quarterback has only totaled 1,692 rushing yards in four seasons.

Additionally, 2006 was the only season of his career that he played in all 16 games. His inability to stay healthy is certainly another factor that might hinder his ability to reach the 1,000-yard mark with the Eagles.

Still, Kelly is known to use his quarterbacks in rushing roles. Last season at Oregon, Marcus Mariota totaled 752 yards on the ground for an average of 7.1 yards per carry.

Jeremiah Masoli and Darron Thomas also had some success as dual-threat quarterbacks in Kelly's system.

It is certainly possible for Vick to perform as well or better than these collegiate players if he returns to form.

However, there is one more thing holding back the veteran quarterback. According to Will Brinson of CBS Sports, there will be an "open competition" for the starting job between Vick and Nick Foles.

Therefore, Vick has a long way to go before he has a chance to reach his goal for next season, as he'll have to first prove he is the right choice for the starting job.