Eagles' Vick: Kelly's offense 'refreshing'
Michael Vick called Chip Kelly's offense "refreshing" and said he still considers himself the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback in an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Wednesday.
Vick made his comments after his second day at the Eagles' predraft minicamp. Vick, Nick Foles and Dennis Dixon each took reps with the starting unit when the Eagles took the field Tuesday for the first time since Kelly replaced Andy Reid as coach.
"It's great, it's awesome," Vick said of Kelly's offensive attack. "It's [like] nothing I've ever seen before as an offense. We do a lot of things that just put the ball into guys' hands and let them make plays."
Vick told reporters Wednesday that the Eagles have worked on a lot of read-option plays during the minicamp.
Despite the fact he's sharing reps with the starting unit, he said he still considers himself the team's starter.
"I still feel like it's my team," he said. "I just know I believe in myself ... I believe in my abilities. I know with the right team around me I can lead this football team because I've done it before."
He told ESPN that, under Kelly's new training regimen, he has added 9 pounds.
"All muscle," said Vick, who missed five games last season. "I want to be strong all year."
Vick had a breakout year in 2010, started for the NFC in the Pro Bowl, led the Eagles to an NFC East title and was The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year. But he has missed 11 games because of injuries over the past three seasons, and is 10-13 as a starter the past two years.
The Eagles made a surprising decision to restructure Vick's contract in February, and Kelly is giving him an opportunity to win the starting job.
Kelly's up-tempo offense was highly successful at Oregon and would seem to be a fit for Vick's running style. But Kelly has insisted that he's impressed with Foles' skills, too. Foles is more of a traditional pocket passer.
Dixon, who spent last season with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on their practice squad, signed a two-year deal with the Eagles in February.
The 28-year-old Dixon had a standout career at Oregon when Kelly was the team's offensive coordinator. A fifth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2008, Dixon has only started three NFL games in five seasons.
"We'll find a way no matter who our quarterbacks are to put a game plan in where they can be successful," Kelly said Tuesday. "Sometimes there's a misconception of what I'm looking for in a quarterback. I'm looking for a quarterback that can help us score points and win games. If we have to throw it 50 times, we'll throw it 50 times."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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