Former Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski spoke with 97.5 The Fanatic on Monday to break down what Michael Vick's restructured contract means for both the quarterback and the team.
"Chip Kelly likes his system. He wants his system," Jaworski said. "He wants to have a guy who can run his system and they had that guy on the roster in Michael Vick."
Kelly said Monday that he likes the skillset Vick possesses. And on the surface, Vick's history as a dual-threat quarterback meshes well with the high-octane offenses Kelly ran at Oregon. Those units were famous for their speed, and the quarterback position was no exception.
"When I was evaluating the tape and (offensive coordinator) Pat Shurmur was evaluating the tape and we were looking at him is we were looking at his skill set," Kelly said Monday. "I think he still has a skillset. He can throw the football, he's got a quick release, and obviously, we know he can take off and run when necessary."
Last season Vick started in 10 games, throwing for 2,362 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 332 yards and a score. However, he also fumbled 11 times, losing five. Scheme aside, Jaworski pointed out that Vick will have to adjust some important aspects of his game if he wants to continue starting in the NFL.
"The part you love about Michael is the fierce competitor, but you've got to be judicious when you feel that pressure coming, you feel the hit coming," Jaworski said. "Take the sack. Throw the ball away. Don't try to make something out of nothing. Live to fight another day. He has to learn that or he won't be successful, I don't care what the system is. It's incumbent upon Michael Vick to change his game in that regard."
The emergence of dual-threat quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick (all of whom started playoff games this past season) underscores that mobile quarterbacks can be successful on the big stage. But to do so, they must be able to deliver the football when necessary.
"(Vick) may have to watch some Russell Wilson tape and some Colin Kaepernick tape, how these rookies and second-year players have handled getting outside the pocket and sliding and getting down," Jaworski said. "The running is the added dimension that scares the hell out of defenses, but they can throw."
Jaworski, who conducted an in-depth one-on-one interview with Vick last offseason, was also quick to point out that he doesn't believe Vick's skillset has diminished. Because of that, Jaworski believes, the quarterback's new deal will work out well for both parties.
"I think it's a win-win," he said. "I think it's a win for Michael. I think it's a win for the Eagles. They get a year to test each other to see if this works."
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