By Ed Barylor: New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly isn’t interested in making a selection for the starting quarterback for the Eagles as of yet despite the heavy pressure and criticism being put on him to name a guy right now so that the players on the team can back the guy. Kelly wants to see which of the three quarterbacks – Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley – plays the best during preseason and the training camp before he makes a selection for the starter.
It does make a lot of sense because Kelly inherited Vick and Foles, as they were already parts of the team before he got there and it’s unclear whether he’d have blessed moves for the Eagles to get those two players if it had been up to him. Barkley is a guy that Kelly liked during this seasons’ NFL draft; hence he was selected by the Eagles in the 4th round out of USC. But as far as Vick and Foles goes, those were moves done by other coaches and management that he wasn’t involved in.
Kelly said to Philly.com “We’re going to have to name a starter at some point in time. That’s why I think it would be unfair right now, because there hasn’t been enough situations to evaluate. But we don’t have to play a game tomorrow. We have until September 9, so we’ll see how it works itself out. I’ve never been in a situation where we’ve had to make a decision and it’s like 50-50, pick out of a hat.”
What Kelly is trying to say is that he hasn’t seen a QB on the team that has really stuck out as being the best of the pack coming out of the OTAs. Kelly needs actual practices and preseason games with the quarterbacks wearing gear and having to deal with defenses rushing him and defending the receivers in normal playing conditions before he can make a decision. Making a decision after watching the players in what amounts to be flag football conditions in the OTAs would be a dumb move because you can’t make an educated decision about who the beat quarterback is on the team from watching those drills.