Whatever was missing last year whatever was missing maybe the last couple years Michael Vick feels like it’s back.

Sure looks like it’s back.

Vick said late Thursday night that he lost his confidence and his passion for the game of football at some point during the miserable 2011 and 2012 seasons and said working with new Eagles coach Chip Kelly has helped restore whatever had been sapped from his game during those lean years.

“I’m having fun playing football” Vick said. “I fell in love with the game again and I’m very thankful for that.

“You’ve got to play this game with intense passion and a purpose and I thank Coach Kelly for what he’s done for me and that’s given me that confidence that I felt that I was losing at some point in my career.”

Vick looks tremendous right now but he hasn’t been an elite player since 2010 when he went 8-3 and carried the Eagles to the playoffs.

He has a 10-15 record in his last 25 starts and he said Thursday night the criticism he heard during his injury-plagued and turnover-marred 2012 season affected him during the Eagles’ miserable 4-12 season a year ago.

“When things don’t go well and when everybody’s pointing the finger at you sometimes it can hurt your confidence” he said. “You can be one of the best players in the league and sometimes outside sources can maybe waver your feelings or your emotions and I read everything that was said. I lived it.