Twitter Mailbag: Does Vick Really Have Eyes For Kelly?

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael VickEvery Thursday we select a few of your Twitter questions and provide the long-form answers they deserve. For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

@Mark_Robo: would you agree with keeping Vick if Chip Kelly becomes head coach? He would be perfect for his offense.

Makes sense to me, yes. In case you missed it, this is what Ron Jaworski said about the whole Kelly/Vick/Nick Foles dynamic:

“Nick Foles will not run a Chip Kelly offense if he decided to come here, rest assured of that,” Jaws said on 97.5 The Fanatic. “If a coach like Chip Kelly…that runs this up-tempo, spread, speed-style option, these guys come here, there might be a future for Michael Vick. I know he’s [32], I know he’s been beat up, but I’ll tell you, some of the things I’m seeing, Michael Vick can do the same things these guys are doing in the spread option.”

So there you go. As Sheil and I discussed on the radio Wednesday, Kelly is only appealing from our viewpoint if he is flexible in his genius.  In other words, if he is willing and able to adapt based on personnel, rather than stubbornly force-feeding people into his system. That’s a big key here.

One last point on Vick and Kelly: There was a report that said Vick  has envisioned playing in Kelly’s spread offense and would be keeping an eye on where the Oregon coach lands. I asked Vick about Kelly a few days after that report surfaced and he said, “Who’s that, the Notre Dame coach?” He went on to say that he was familiar with Oregon’s quarterback but didn’t know a whole lot about Kelly. So don’t buy into the idea that playing for Kelly is some burning desire that Vick has.

From @JCentifonti: What are your thoughts on a Mike McCoy hire & if Romeo Crennel is let go in KC bring him in as DC & leave him alone. #Eagles

Last week I rolled out my top three choices for head coach, and McCoy was number one (based off resume and research; it’s not as if I’ve spent tons of time with the man.) I would have no problem with Crennel.

Sheil has  more on McCoy here. One thing that we like about him (besides his obvious ability to maximize his quarterbacks’ abilities) is his willingness to adapt to the men on his roster. It goes back to the Kelly point: Players come and go, they get hurt, circumstances arise. As a coach, you have to be able to adapt to the situation, especially in a transition period like the Eagles are about to go through.

McCoy seems to have that part down. With Kelly, it’s a question mark.

From @JoshMcNutt24: Do you believe the Eagles have the personnel in place to effectively transition to a 3-4? If the incoming HC implemented it.

Good question. Fletcher Cox could easily swing out to defensive end in a 3-4, and on Wednesday DeMeco Ryans explained why the notion that he can’t play in that scheme is off-base (though I still say the 4-3 is a more ideal fit for him). They would need to import a space-eating nose tackle and would have to make some personnel tweaks to make it work.

Count Brandon Graham among those willing to make the plunge.

“That would be the best thing right there for me,” said Graham. “I always wanted to go back because it’s all instincts at linebacker. On the D-line it’s cool, I love it, but being out in space…I don’t know, I just feel like I would do a good job there, too…I would be hyped to be able to go and do that.”

It’s  a pretty significant change, but now would be the time to do it.

From @Cheesesteak29: any chance of p rivers, t Romo, or m Flynn being in an eagles uniform next year?

Can’t see the first two but Flynn seems possible to me. Russell Wilson has nailed down the starting job in Seattle, making Flynn’s upcoming salary of $5.25 million a bit heavy. If the Eagles decide to part ways with Vick and trade for Flynn, meanwhile, you’re talking about a $10 million savings in all. It makes sense to me that they would bring a veteran in to compete with Foles, and may the  best man win. Alex Smith is reportedly due $7.5 million plus a $1 million roster bonus in 2013, by comparison.

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  • Myke Lowery

    if chip kelly comes and keeps vick, I guess that means they’ll draft Geno Smith?

    • UncleCarm

      It means we’ll have the number one pick next year…

    • 1972

      every draftboard ive read has smith going #1 no chance he drops to the eagles

      • Reyco

        Wait until the combine, boards right now will change a ton. He could also pull an Eli if we get Kelly.

  • Graham

    Really liking the idea of Mike McCoy and Crennel at DC…. that’d be real nice. Marty will be going with andy so an OC is still needed.. hopefully McCoy would have an OC to bring with him..

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    I really hope Vick finds a way to stay because I would hate to see him flourish in a system thats not Andy and Martys. It wouldnt be right to bring in great offensive coaches who can adapt and not even give the possibility some thought. I go back to if they do it with RG3, do it with Vick at the very least the offense will be way better.

    • 1972

      When is it ever over when it comes to mike? he’ll be 33 next season. when will his fans think that he cant get it done?

      Its like the guys that wanted mcnabb back( where are they)?

      or iverson back

      that fumble in pittsburg really showed me that he doesnt have it anymore.

      a younger less punch drunk vick woud not have fumbled that ball.

      im tired of his frustating turnovers.

      im not saying foles is the guy, im just saying vick is definitely not the guy

      • Johngiam

        No friggin clue how any rational human being who has watched Ick play these past two years could possibly want him back next year….why because the 23yr old kid didn’t set the world on fire in his first 5 games? It’s madness how anyone could want Ick back, especially now that he can’t outrun lineman

  • 1972

    Ive seen enough of vick, i have a 3 year sample to show me he cant get it done.

    2010 broken ribs scrambling(not sliding) redskins

    2011 broken ribs scrambling(not sliding) arizona

    2012 concussion scrambling (not slidnig)cowboys

    he’s not dependable health wise is the number one reason.

    #2 reason turnovers

    arizona game 1 yard line fumble for a blitz held the ball too long

    pittsburg game 1 yard line fumble. qb draw bad ball security

    new orleans 1 yard line int for a td.bad throw , high and away to celk

    these are losing plays.. and he has more losing plays than winning plays this year.

    Its over, he’s over in this city, get over it. I dont want to see him back. and i dont hate him, and im BLACK!! so there goes those excuses out the window lol

    • Johngiam

      It’s not even worth debating man. Anyone who wants a 33yr old qb who isn’t a cerebral qb that after a decade of starting in the nfl still makes ridiculously boneheaded plays is a fool! Let’s keep a qb who lost his best attribute, speed…with a young rebuilding team. by the time we will be ready to really compete Vick will be 35yrs old.

      I am baffled everytime I even see someone make the case for wanting to keep Vick. It’s just moronic, and I’m actually a huge Vick fan, and wish him a world of success where ever he goes.nHey If Vick is so great, Andy is more then welcome to take him with him wherevere he goes next

    • Johngiam

      My mother is bLack, and I love her equally as I do my white father…I want NOTHING to do with Vick…sadly I do feel the people who still support him do so only because of race, Because I can’t fathom what a rational person can want with bringing a 33yr old qb back wh lost his best weapon. It’s sad that in 2012 race is still an issue, and sports usually transends race, but not always, especially when it’s time to pick your qb…that’s when I feel race rears its ugliest head the most in sports.

      I don’t think I have ever heard a middle aged white man THIS YEAR say that he wants Vick back next year. If their are any white males that do feel that way, please speak up. There is nothing I would want to be wrong about more so then this. Please disprove me,

    • Shaniqua1990

      arizona was standing in the pocket.
      cowboys was ratliff falling on top of vick after the play.


      • 1972

        you dont watch the games but thats ok.. he supposedly got injured initially in the pocket against arizona. then scrambling, he got landed on which caused further injury.Cowboy game he got hurt initially on a SCRAMBLE, got landed on by a linebacker, then on the next play he said he couldnt even see and still ran the play, over threw mccoy and got landed on by ratliff.. but does it really matter? the fact is he got hurt. but thanks for the insight

  • Tony Wiltshire

    Give me Andy Reid, Geno Smith or Michael Vick next year andI’ll find a new team to root for. For that matter leave Howie in charge of the groceries and I’m still done with this team. Times your Jeffrey.