After McNabb was traded and Kolb was injured in the season opener in 2010, Vick took over and was outstanding. He had career highs in yards passing (3,018), completion percentage (62.6), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9) and passer rating (100.2).
But he hasn’t come close to playing up to that level. There are questions, of course, about his durability and his age — Vick will be 33 in July.
“He’s younger than (Dallas quarterback) Tony Romo, and he’s right about the same age as (Giants quarterback) Eli Manning,” Kelly said. “The only reason I say that is because I told Michael that this morning, and he didn’t know.”
Vick is undersized and stubborn about playing it safe. He usually takes on tacklers instead of running out of bounds and dives headfirst instead of sliding.
“I looked at the films, and studied the tape. When you look at Michael, it’s his toughness. That cannot be overrated at all,” Kelly said. “We looked at his skill set. He still has that skill set. He can still throw the football.
“He’s got an unbelievable release, and it’s our job as coaches to make sure he can get the ball out quickly.”
The Eagles scored just 280 points last season as they endured an eight- and a three-game losing streak. Only Arizona (250) scored fewer in the NFC.
When asked whether Vick or Foles would work with the first-team offense in training camp, Kelly smiled and quickly showed he’s going to be able to handle the Philadelphia media just fine.
“We’ll go alphabetical,” he said with a grin. “First name? Last name? We’ll flip a coin.”