Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly officially named Michael Vick as his starting quarterback for the 2013 NFL season. According to ESPN on Aug, 20, the decision came due to Vick’s efficiency in Kelly’s offense.
So far this preseason, Vick has completed 86.7 percent of his passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. He also has an interception, but that came on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half of play. The announcement had to come due to the quality of play because Chip Kelly said he didn’t plan on making a decision until the season started. Vick changed his mind with on field play.
Kelly also said that Vick will play the entire first half of the Eagles preseason game with the Jacksonville Jaguars and will take the predominant amount of reps heading into the game.
Nick Foles seemed to take the decision well, saying that he respected Vick and will continue to push him throughout the season. He also said that Vick had nothing to worry about and didn’t need to worry about looking over his shoulder. He said the Eagles can now focus their game plan around Vick’s strengths.
This is big news for Michael Vick financially as well. He will make a guaranteed $3.5 million base salary and once the season starts, he will get a $500,000 roster bonus. Vick also has incentives that pay out based on how many offensive stats he plays. It starts at $1.5 million for 50 percent and moves up to a total of $6.4 million if he plays 90 percent of the snaps.