Vick anticipates 1,000 yards rushing season in Kelly’s offense
Nonetheless, Michael Vick expects to rush for more than 1,000 yards under Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s read-option offense, which is somewhat similar to the Atlanta Falcon’s scheme during Vick’s final season in 2006. Michael Vick hopes that a big year in Philadelphia will put him back amongst the “elite quarterbacks in the league”, help the Eagles get back atop the NFC East standings and possibly make his case for a new contract following the 2013 season.
“In 2006 I ran for 1,000 yards -- and it wasn't hard,” said Michael Vick. “I feel like I still can do that.”
The lack of a solid running game had always been a major issue for the Philadelphia Eagles during Andy Reid’s time as head coach. Last season, Michael Vick ran for only 332 yards while playing 10 games – which also raises question about Michael Vick’s durability. During his last four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles at most, Michael Vick has played 13 games a season. Michael Vick’s effectiveness and ability to stay healthy will have a bigger impact on the Philadelphia Eagles’ season than individual numbers and record; while also retaining the running back’s purpose on field. While Michael Vick set a career high, rushing for 1,039 yards in 2006 and playing all 16 games, the Atlanta Falcons managed only an 8-8 record.
Moreover, Michael Vick will be turning 33 next season, which could turn out to be a key factor in breaking more of those unstoppable runs. Although the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line was partly to blame this season, Michael Vick considerably lacks the quickness to release the ball while maintaining efficiency in his passing game. And under those circumstances he’s hoping to beat youngster Nick Foles for the starting job next season. But Chip Kelly’s offensive promises several opportunities for an athletic quarterback – and that’s what Michael Vick is betting on for next season.
“I could tell that (Chip Kelly was innovative, and that's what it's all about in this league,” said Michael Vick. “You have to be able to change up from week to week, and I think Chip will be able to do that. I think I can handle that.”
"I know it's possible, I've done it before…What I have to do is just go out and play lights-out football and not worry about getting hurt,” continued Michael Vick. “Over the last two years I was trying to protect myself, trying to make sure that I was out on the football field with my teammates…When you do that, it slows you down just a half second."