Michael Vick transformation came too late, but could extend his career

Chip Kelly's offense could maximize the rest of Michael Vick's untapped potential

9/10/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Sep 9, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) runs with the ball during the first half against the Washington Redskins at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsFrom the day he stepped onto the Virginia Tech campus, Michael Vick had the potential to be an incredible NFL quarterback and change the way the position is played.

Years later, we look back at the bulk of his career and see it as wasted potential.

Between his admission that he didn't watch game tape and his dog-fighting fiasco that landed him in jail, the early portion of Vick's career isn't anywhere near as great as it could have been. Even still, many would consider him a success, despite the fact that he fell far short of his potential.

He set records for rushing as a QB, he won a playoff game on the road in his first full season as a starter, and his Falcons were winning games. He made the Pro Bowl three times between 2002 and 2005.

Still, that was only the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to what Vick was actually capable of. Many tout his running ability, and understandably so. Young Michael Vick was one of the fastest players in the league. Even now, as he plays in his mid-30s, Vick is still incredibly fast. 

But what many forget is that he also has one of the best arms in the NFL. Seriously. If you watched last night's game against the Redskins and saw his TD passes to DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek, you'd know that he has a big arm and get get the ball in the right spot in a hurry.

Now, with Chip Kelly running his hurry-up offense in Philadelphia, Michael Vick is in a position to thrive like never before. He can run this offense, and he can put up some monster stats as long as he stays healthy.

Finally, after years in the NFL, Vick is also learning when he needs to step up in the pocket and try to make a great pass, instead of quickly reverting back to his running ways. There's nothing wrong with Vick running. In fact, it's exciting to watch and generally very successful. But if he wants to stay on the field and stay healthy, he has to do it judiciously.

Last night, he was extremely judicious, almost TOO much so. But still, he showed that he's very capable of running Kelly's offense to near perfection.

Could we finally be seeing the greatness that Michael Vick is capable of? Man, I hope so.
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He has never been an accurate passer and at 33 there is nothing "untapped" about Vick. The new offense may help to hide some of his flaws which have always been there. He has plenty of offensive weapons around him to make him a better player if he stays healthy long enough to matter, but in the end the new Kelly Philly Offense Experiment would probably be better served with a younger more accurate passer.