After the Eagles’ win over the Carolina Panthers, QB Michael Vick credited Chip Kelly for him “falling in love with the game again.”
Vick admitted that the losses and criticism that marred his latest two campaigns got to him:
“When things don’t go well and everybody’s pointing their finger at you, sometimes it can hurt your confidence. I read everything that was said. I lived it.”
Chip Kelly is helping him turn over a new leaf at 33-years-old. In a one-on-one meeting with his quarterback, Kelly’s “main goal was to help me get back into top shape, get me comfortable, and to a point where I could believe in myself again,” according to Vick.
Vick is benefiting greatly from the changes in scheme and coaching so far. Outside of an inconsequential interception on a Hail Mary play, Vick is 13-for-14 for 199 yards and a touchdown. He has been decisive, accurate, and aggressive as Chip Kelly’s field general. With another impressive performance next week, he can lock up the starting job. Though Nick Foles looks like a starter in his own right, Vick has simply given Chip Kelly no choice but to put him on the field.
Chip Kelly’s offense has transitioned to the pro game as seamlessly as anybody could have hoped for. Michael Vick and Nick Foles have both shattered expectations, and the Eagles are lighting up the scoreboard. The first team offense has scored four touchdowns in under four quarters of action. No wonder Vick is having more fun than he did when Demetress Bell was ‘blocking’ for him and the Eagles crashed and burned. It will be very interesting to see whether or not he can carry his momentum into the regular season.