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Michael Vick Will Have Career Resurgence with Chip Kelly's Eagles

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2013

Michael Vick is going to rise up from the ashes of his abysmal 2012 season and flourish under the tutelage of Chip Kelly, the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles

Vick will have a fantastic season as the Eagles quarterback in 2013, but it won't be for the reasons you might think. 

At the forefront of Kelly's vision for the Eagles offense in 2013 is a commitment to the running game. CSN Philly's Reuben Frank recently spoke with new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and he wrote:

Shurmur, Chip Kelly’s new offensive coordinator, said Monday that he plans to give both LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown a generous number of carries moving forward and said he thinks in general, offenses are more effective with two running backs in the mix.

For those who have followed Kelly for a while, this shouldn't come as any shock.

Oregon's offense has been one of the most explosive in the nation since Kelly became its offensive coordinator back in 2007, but the success of the Ducks on offense was predicated on a brutal rushing attack, not an aerial assault. 

Kelly's quarterbacks at Oregon thrived, but not because of an elaborate passing scheme. Teams got so worn out and tired chasing the Ducks' speedy backs that they inevitably became undisciplined on the back end, leading to monster plays in the passing game.

Philadelphia's roster is already full of offensive weapons that fit Kelly's mold, which is likely the reason he chose the Eagles instead of staying at Oregon. Brown and McCoy are both speedy backs capable of breaking off huge chunks of yards on any given play. 

Speaking of McCoy, he's like any other back and wants the ball all the time, but he can see the bigger picture, too. According to NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks, McCoy recently said:

I feel like I've shown I'm a No. 1 guy, but it's a team sport. A guy like Bryce has to get the ball...He's [Kelly] meant to coach our team. He has the players he's looking for- speed guys with tons of talent. It's just a matter of unleashing it. He can win with this roster. 

DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are both smaller, speedy receivers who can get over the top of any defense sneaking up to defend against the run. 

And as long as Jason Peters comes back from his Achilles injury 100 percent healthy, the team's offensive line will be just fine with an addition or two in free agency and the draft. 

Vick is at his best when he doesn't have to run it all. 2010 was his best year since coming back from his extended absence. During that season, Vick completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,018 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He had plenty of support from the running game that season, as the Eagles ranked No. 5 in the league rushing for 2,324 yards and 18 touchdowns. 

A lot of that production came from Vick, who rushed for 676 yards and nine touchdowns, but there was a commitment to the running game that year that was sorely missing in 2012. Last season, the Eagles ran the ball 205 times fewer than they threw it. 

That isn't going to be Kelly's formula in 2013, and the team's commitment to running the ball will be the catalyst that revitalizes Vick's NFL career. 

It will also keep the quarterback healthy, as teams won't be able to send pass-rushers indiscriminately or suffer getting gashed on monster runs.  

Nobody should expect Vick to throw the ball 500 times this season, and it shouldn't be a disappointment if he doesn't even pass for 3,000 yards. The true measure of success for Vick and the Eagles offense in 2013 will be how often they score.

Vick will lead a high-scoring offense for Kelly's Eagles this upcoming year, and he'll have one of the best years of his career in the process. 

 

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