The Eagles are on a three-game losing streak and were destroyed by the Broncos today, so something needs to change. And Eagles coach Chip Kelly says quarterback Michael Vick is the one who needs to lead the way.
Vick said after the game that he and Kelly talked about how they can turn their fortunes around, and Kelly challenged Vick to be the one to do it.
“We just had a conversation that got me going,” Vick said, via CSNPhilly.com. “He just told me I’m the catalyst for everything, and guys feed off me. Sometimes, I forget about that. But at the same time, I understand that I’ve got to be a leader that God put me on the Earth to be.”
Although Kelly replaced Vick with Nick Foles late in the loss to the Broncos, Kelly said after the game that there is no quarterback controversy and that Vick is the starter. In fact, Kelly said Vick played very well, considering how much pressure he was under.
“I thought he threw the ball very accurately,” Kelly said. “I do know this — I know we’ve got to get it addressed — we’ve got to protect him better. We’ve got times when he’s on top of his drop and sticking his foot in the ground and there’s pressure on him, and that’s not on Mike. I thought he put the ball in real good places. I thought he kept the ball going with his legs, and I thought Mike played very well.”
Now Kelly is hoping Vick can inspire his teammates to play very well, something they haven’t done since the first half of Week One.