Does Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick Have Any Magic Left?
Vick will receive $3.5 million in base salary, $3.5 million as a signing bonus, $500,000 as a roster bonus plus $500,000 for playing in half the snaps, $1.5 million for playing 90 percent of the snaps and $1 million for winning the Super Bowl, according to CSNPhilly's Reuben Frank.
You would think that Vick would be humbled following a disappointing 2011 season and a disastrous 2012 season. He's not, though.
In an interview on "Mike and Mike In the Morning" on Tuesday, Vick spoke about his desire to re-establish himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the National Football League.
“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.”
That's right. Vick, whose speed has noticeably regressed since his dominant 2010 season, thinks that he can run for 1,000 yards in new head coach Chip Kelly's offense.
That's a pretty bold statement. It's not as bold as proclaiming that the Eagles could turn into a dynasty. But it's still not something that needs to be said.
Vick needs to stop talking and let his play on the field speak for itself. Over the past two seasons, he's been one of the bottom starting quarterbacks in the game, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions, while adding 21 fumbles. The Eagles have gone 10-13 in his starts during this time.
He's also missed significant time in both 2011 and 2012. Broken ribs cost him a trio of games in 2011 and a concussion cost him several games in 2012 before the Eagles announced that rookie Nick Foles would become the permanent starter for the rest of the season.
Staying healthy is not something that Vick has ever been able to do throughout his career. His theory about trying too hard not to get hurt doesn't really make sense either. A quarterback like Vick only knows how to play the game one way, and that's to treat every play like it's the final snap of the Super Bowl and a touchdown is the only possible option.
He's not even a lock to enter the season as the starter. Kelly said that training camp will be an open competition between Vick and Foles.
Personally, I think the job is Vick's to lose (and I don't think he'll lose it).
But 1,000 rushing yards? 62.5 per game, assuming he plays in every game? That's not going to happen.
If he is the starter in 2013, he'll likely play 11 or 12 games, missing four or five with an injury (broken ribs or a concussion). He may be benched if he's ineffective, too.
The Eagles may be able to succeed with Vick as the quarterback for a year if Kelly develops the read-option just like the San Francisco 49ers did with Colin Kaepernick, the Seattle Seahawks did with Russell Wilson, the Washington Redskins did with Robert Griffin III and the Denver Broncos did with Tim Tebow (in 2011).
But don't expect any of Vick's magic from 2010 to return this season.
He's the 27th-ranked quarterback in the NFL and he's not getting any better.
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