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September 21, 2013

Vick not the right quarterback in Philly

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Vick was 13-for-30 passing for 201 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Yes, Vick ran for 95 yards, but 61 of those were on one play. He just isn’t the right quarterback to be running Kelly’s innovative offense which will make LeSean McCoy and Desean Jackson superstars in the coming years. Vick isn’t good enough or accurate enough to take the offense to the heights it could reach in the coming years. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Marcus Mariota, the current Oregon quarterback was lining up under center in Philadelphia next year.

Of course since Kelly came into the league with so much fan fare and zero NFL experience either as a coach or a player, he has received much resistance and criticism. He represents a difference of opinion with what NFL offenses have looked like for the past four decades. The Philadelphia offense is simply looking for an athletic quarterback who can make accurate throws and decisions to keep this fast-paced locomotive on the track. Unfortunately since the Eagles now sit at 1-2 after two straight losses, which will ultimately turn into 1-3 after next week’s trip to Denver, the reviews in the early going aren’t glowing.

Kelly’s offense will look great once it gets going with a quarterback who isn’t a turnover waiting to happen like Vick. With every interception Vick throws, the more he looks like such a waste of talent. His $100 million contract he received after his incredible 2010 season when he threw 21 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions and led the Eagles to the playoffs now looks like one of the biggest fluke quarterback seasons of all time. Since the beginning of the 2011 season (26) games, Vick has thrown 26 interceptions and has lost seven fumbles. For Kelly’s offense to succeed you need a quarterback that knows where the ball needs to go and how to get it there quickly.

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