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Michael Vick: Eagles QB Has Plenty to Prove in 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles sits on the bench in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 5, 2013

After Michael Vick soared in 2010, he has come plummeting back down to earth in 2013.

The four-time Pro Bowler and 2010 Comeback Player of the Year had a forgettable 2012 campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles, completing 58 percent of his passes for 6.7 yards per attempt while throwing 12 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Add the fact that he lost five fumbles, and he had more turnovers than he did touchdowns.

Now, the man who once excited the NFL finds himself in a quarterback competition with the young Nick Foles, who took over for him last season in Week 10 when he went down with an injury.

It's hard to imagine Vick losing the job to Foles, considering he's still being paid handsomely in 2013, even with a restructured deal.

But the question becomes, can he get back to playing near the level of football he exhibited in 2010?

As we all know, former Oregon coach Chip Kelly is the new man in charge in Philadelphia.

On one hand, Vick is just the kind of speedy quarterback who can do damage in the spread-option offense that Kelly ran at Oregon.

On the other hand, you need to be a good decision-maker in the spread-option, and Vick has made plenty of bad decisions on the football field since 2010. Not only that, Kelly will most likely attempt to execute an up-tempo offense, meaning Vick will have to make decisions on the fly. For a man who has tossed 24 interceptions and lost nine fumbles in the past two years, that may prove to be disastrous.

LeSean McCoy told NJ.com earlier this month:

People forget—this is Michael Vick. He's got a lot to prove this year, but he's ready to roll. He knows people are questioning if he can get it done, and he's gonna prove this year he can.

Score one vote for Vick. He will need many more votes than that to win back Philly.

After a 4-12 campaign in 2012, a lot of pressure will be on the 32-year-old's shoulders to perform. He will not only need to improve his decision-making, he will need to stay healthy. The latter may prove to be more difficult, given Vick has suffered numerous injuries and concussions in recent years.

Vick knows what's at stake this season. He's also playing under a different coach who will undoubtedly be creative with his play-calling. 

If nothing else, there are going to be plenty of storylines surrounding Vick and the Eagles this season.

 

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