It's no secret that Vick struggled badly last year. That said, his victory over LeSean McCoy in a recent foot race proves he is still one of the premier athletes in the NFL, despite the fact that he'll be 33 years old when the 2013 NFL season kicks off.
Eagles defensive back Colt Anderson lit up Twitter with this message on Thursday morning:
Vick just beat Shady in a 40 yard race. @mikevick— Colt Anderson (@AndersonColt) May 2, 2013
Apparently, McCoy had been calling Vick an "old man" without mercy for weeks (h/t ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio).
Well, the "old man" finally had enough. He asked head coach Chip Kelly if he could shut him up once and for all and then "smoked McCoy by roughly five yards over a 40-yard distance," via Florio.
Let's not forget that Vick was as electric, if not more so, than Robert Griffin III before he entered the picture. He ran a 4.33-second 40 at his combine—faster than the official 4.41-second 40 RG3 posted in 2012.
McCoy isn't a slow poke, either. He ran his 40 in 4.5 seconds at his pro day back in 2009—a time he was disappointed in, to say the least. Plug in any highlight reel of McCoy outrunning many of the NFL's top defenders, and you'll certainly see his raw speed.
Vick's easy victory over McCoy proves that he's still as electric as ever. If he ends up starting in Kelly's offense this upcoming season (as if Nick Foles or Matt Barkley will beat him out), you can be sure Vick will be tough to defend.
Andy Reid is still a brilliant coach and offensive mind, but he seemed to lose his team in the last two years in Philly.
Will Vick have a breakout year under Chip Kelly, or is he washed up?
Vick's struggles during this time (under 60 percent completion rate with 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions) highlighted his weaknesses, but he wasn't the only player who suffered under Reid's leadership.
This team is really pumped about playing for Kelly, who has brought energy and a fresh take to a team in desperate need of both.
Kelly's offensive attack will be predicated on running the football and getting the ball out quickly on passing downs. Vick will likely run plenty of bootlegs to both sides of the field, which will stretch defenses thin as they try to decide whether to attack him as a runner or defend against the pass.
According to Kelly, who spoke with WIP in Philadelphia, the injuries to the team's offensive line were largely to blame for Vick's struggles last year. Starting left tackle Jason Peters says he is 100 percent healthy, and the team features a strong offensive line when it is running at full strength.
The addition of Lane Johnson to the team's offensive line will also make a big difference. If Jason Peters can play with the same athleticism he featured before his Achilles injury, Vick will have excellent protection on both sides.
Both tackles are also adept at getting out in front of sweep running plays, and Vick will likely have a part to play in some of those packages as a pure runner—much like what we saw from RG3 and the Washington Redskins last year.
Kelly's offense will be one that facilitates big plays. Vick's raw speed is just as potent as it was when he entered the league, and as long as he makes smart choices when he's out in space, he'll have a huge season for the Eagles.
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