|Vick has rushed for more than 1,000 yards just once in his NFL career. (US Presswire)|
That means beating out second-year quarterback Nick Foles for the job, which seems eminently reasonable given that Kelly's offense -- at least on the college level -- favored athletic, mobile quarterbacks.
During an appearance Tuesday on Mike and Mike in the Morning (and here via ProFootballTalk.com), Vick said that not only does he expect "to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the league again," he thinks he can match the 1,000-yard rushing season he put up with the Falcons six seasons ago.
“In 2006 I ran for 1,000 yards -- and it wasn't hard,” Vick said. “I feel like I still can do that. ...
“I could tell that [Kelly] was innovative, and that's what it's all about in this league,” Vick continued, even though he hasn't spent much time studying the new offense. “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.”
Vick has rushed for more than 1,000 yards just once ('06), but he averaged 8.4 yards per carry when he did. It was also the only time he started 16 games, something he thinks can do again.
"I know it's possible, I've done it before," he said. "The thing is, you have to be very cautious and meticulous about what you're doing on the field, but not to the point where it takes away from your game. Once you start trying not to get hurt, that's when you get hurt.
"What I have to do is just go out and play lights-out football and not worry about getting hurt. 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. Just putting too much effort into not being injured. When you do that, it slows you down just a half second."
In 2013, the plan -- at least to hear new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur tell it in February-- is to feature both LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown in the backfield, to go along with whatever Vick adds (assuming he wins the starting gig).
It's a far cry from the Andy Reid era, when fans and media would lament season after season the lack of a running game. Now that it appears the Eagles are finally ready to commit to one, though it remains unclear if that -- and Kelly's new-fangled schemes -- will magically fix one of the league's most disappointing teams in 2012.
Fortunately, we'll have some six months to talk among ourselves before we'll all find out together. Welcome to the offseason.