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Michael Vick Surprised People Thought He Was Pressuring Chip Kelly

May 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly talks with quarterback Michael Vick (7) during organized team activities at the NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

With Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley on the roster, there have been some questions about who will start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly’s offense at the University of Oregon makes you think Michael Vick has the edge in the quarterback competition.

Vick urged Kelly to name a starter before training camp and a controversy followed.

“I was very surprised because I didn’t try to say it in a derogatory way where I felt like Coach should make a decision or there’s pressure on him to make a decision,” Vick told PhillyMag.com. “I was just asked a question, and I answered it the best way that I could. But Coach is totally involved in our team and what we’ve got going on and what needs to be done. Like I said, we’re all going to sit back and make sure that we do exactly what he asks us to do, regardless of who’s out there on the field.”

Vick said he took the personal route in an attempt to clarify his comments with his new coach and opted to text him.

“Coach is just so straightforward,” Vick said. “After the first four or five words, you already understand and know where he’s coming from. So we talked the next day, and I sent him a text and he called me back and we talked and that was it. Like I said, everybody on that football team respects Coach Kelly and likes what he’s been able to accomplish so far. He’s grabbing the attention of everybody on our football team. We’re just focused trying to do what’s best for the organization.”

 

Topics: Chip Kelly, Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

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