Just going out on a limb here, but I don’t think you generally restructure an aging quarterback’s deal and keep him around for approximately $10 million if you don’t plan to start the guy. So that looks good for Michael Vick.
And I don’t think Chip Kelly is particularly enamored with the slow-footed Nick Foles. That also looks good for Vick.
And I don’t think Chip Kelly is particularly enamored with the quarterback talent in the upcoming draft. Yep, score another for Vick.
But Kelly said otherwise at his Monday afternoon press conference, refusing to divulge his plan at quarterback for the 2013 season. And why should he? It really doesn’t benefit the first-year head coach to show his cards in mid-February. Still, it would be hard to imagine Michael Vick holding a clipboard (barring injury) in 2013 behind Foles.
So what went into Kelly’s position?
“I looked at how he can throw, beat people w/ his feet … And then you look at the landscape at QB, who else is available?,” he said.
It’s generally assumed that Foles wouldn’t be able to run Kelly’s “style” of offense, but the head coach disagreed with the notion that the offense would vary depending upon who was running it.
“I don’t think it’s 2 different systems. Everyone wants to look at my past and paint you with a single brush. We’re an equal opportunity scoring operation. I don’t care if we run the ball in or throw it in. Our offense isn’t just one thing. You have to be built for anything in this league.”
If Kelly wants to sell an open competition between Vick and Foles, that’s fine. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the latter is gone prior to the start of the 2013 season.