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Why Vick isn't Chip's prototype QB

1/30/2013

Before Chip Kelly joined Oregon, he was the OC at New Hampshire, where he had great success with quarterback Ricky Santos, whose measurables have little in common with the freakish athleticism that Michael Vick possesses.

"In terms of overall athletic ability, I'm average," Santos told Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News. "Average arm. Average speed. Above-average game management and vision of the field. I just had a knack for finding guys in open space. Understanding situations. But I wasn't very tall. Had a 4.8 40. I wasn't explosive in any sense of the word. I just found ways to make plays."

This lends more credence to the idea that Kelly doesn't need an amazing athlete to run his offense.

"Ricky was molded in Chip's mind," NH athletic director Marty Scarano was said recently. "And he was the prototype for what you see now. Option read. Adequate passer. Not particularly fast, but smart and competitive."

ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano thinks this is more fodder for why the Eagles may part ways with Vick this offseason:

Dan Graziano

Chip Kelly doesn't need a fast QB

"The point, which we've discussed here a few times, is that Kelly's offense needs a detail-oriented decision-maker at quarterback more than it needs foot speed there. And when you look at it that way, you have to think it's even less likely that he'd keep Vick around, since details and good decisions aren't exactly Vick hallmarks."