Four years ago when Michael Vick was released from federal prison he wasn’t sure if he would play for the NFL ever again.
YouWager experts learned that Vick will take the field with Reid once again standing on the sideline. However this time around, the man Vick describes as a lifelong friend will be wearing the bright red gear of the Kansas City Chiefs. For Vick and many of the Philadelphia Eagles players drafted and signed by Reid, it will be something different.
Their paths to the current situation are somehow connected. The 33 star quarterback originally signed a two-year contract. Vick would be the third-team quarterback, just getting back to the game after two seasons away, behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb.
Even so, by the end of that NFL season Reid decided to move on from McNabb, his franchise quarterback for a decade. Kolb was anointed the starter with Vick as his backup. One week into the 2010 football season, Kolb was sidelined with a concussion and Vick stepped back into a starting role.
But with Vick as his QB, Reid’s record got worse each season, from 10-6 in 2010 to 8-8 in 2011 to 4-12 last season. The coach native of Los Angeles was fired and replaced by Chip Kelly. Vick was brought back on a one-year deal and had to win the starting job in training camp.
Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia’s three key skill players, are off to remarkable starts under Kelly. All three are among the league leaders at their positions. The offense has scored 63 points in two NFL games.
But while the Eagles are experiencing a professional resurgence under the new coach, they all still have strong personal ties to the old one.