Mike Vick and Chip Kelly Meet
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly met with Michael Vick for the first time on Friday. Kelly told the NFL Network on Thursday that there is a process that he will have to go through to determine who is QB will be.
“We have a couple under contract," explained Kelly. "I am in the process now of going through tape. Nick [Foles] and Michael [Vick], let’s take a look at them and evaluate them. That is what it is at every position. So it is not different at the quarterback position as oppose to who we have on the defensive line or corner. We have to name a starting quarterback when we play Week 1. Right now it is evaluating everybody - top to bottom - on our roster and trying to figure out how they fit and what our vision is for how this thing is supposed to look.”
Many people have suggested that Vick fits Kelly's system better, Kelly has told people he doesn't have a system, he will work with what he has. What he has currently is two very different quarterbacks that he will have to make a decision on.
"I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what we do," Kelly described. "Our offense is always driven by personnel, putting our players in position to make plays and I think that is what any good coach does. You have to evaluate the personnel you have and build a scheme around them. If people think we are going to do exactly what we did in Oregon, I think they should study what we did, because every year we were different cause the personnel was different every year. It is about looking at what you have for resources and putting them in position to make plays. That is what coaching football is all about. People think I am going to take the Oregon playbook, cross off the ‘Oregon’ and put ‘Philadelphia’ on it, then I hope they [think] that because they are going to defending a lot of things we aren’t running.”
While there was no known outcome from the meeting, the one thing going for Foles is the Eagles have a forthcoming decision to make on Vick because $3 million of his $15.5 million 2013 base salary becomes guaranteed if he's on the roster beyond February 6.
Kelly said: “Football is football, and this is football at its highest level. But it’s still a game and it’s played 11 on 11. It’s about putting together a great coaching staff, having a great organization behind you, and having great players."
He is right, but the easiest way to win in the NFL is to have the right quarterback and right now it appears he might not. In April of 1999, Andy Reid had the no. two pick in the draft and took a shot on Syracuse signal-caller Donovan McNabb and the best era of Eagles football was born.
Kelly has the fourth pick in this years draft, but McNabb is not staring at him in the face, Geno Smith is - should he take him and put his offense in his hands? That's a boom or bust proposition, much like the hiring of Kelly in the first place.
So Vick me with Kelly is it to tell him his service is no long needed here, or was it to tell him I am designing an offense to fit you be ready to play in 2013 - we'll find out Feb. 6th.