Last week, we noted the possibility of the Eagles adding current Ravens practice squad quarterback Dennis Dixon. And one week later it appears that possibility is growing even more likely.
The Eagles and Dixon have been in touch and are having preliminary discussions regarding a possible reunion between the quarterback and new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who coached the 2007 fifth-round pick for one season while offensive coordinator at Oregon, per Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.
While it’s uncertain what role Dixon would fill in Philadelphia, he does bring a workable skill set and familiarity of Kelly’s offense to the table, something the other Eagles’ options at quarterback don’t possess. Still, he would by no means be a slam dunk starter. Kelly also must decide what to do with Michael Vick–reports have varied about what the team will do with him.
In fact, much is unclear at this point about what Kelly intends to do in year one as Eagles head coach. The team has yet to formally announce any of its coaching hires, nor have they officially added a defensive coordinator.
Kelly, at least publicly, has not committed to a particular type of quarterback for his system.
“You need to have people that have some versatility because your starting quarterback may be able to run your scheme and your backup quarterback may not,” he said. “You don’t just throw your hands up in the first quarter when [the starter] is out and say, ‘We’re in trouble now.’ You’ve got to be able to adapt. That’s what I think the fun part of coaching is — being able to identify what your personnel can do and play to their strengths.”
Dixon has not played since the 2010 season and has completed only 59.3 percent of his career passes. His career stat line reads more like a single game. The 28-year-old is 35 of 59 for 402 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also added one touchdown on the ground.