Jun 4, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and quarterback Michael Vick (7) pass the ball during minicamp at the NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Depth Chart Predictions: Part 1

When last season ended, it was a forgone conclusion that Mike Vick would be released and Nick Foles would be the starting for the Eagles in 2013, but when Chip Kelly was hired, Vick went from testing the market to being the , presumed, perfect fit for Kelly’s spread offense. Though this seemed like the case, Coach Kelly has said he diesn’t need a running quarterback to run his system. So far, the Eagles haven’t put on the pads nor have they named a staring quarterback, but the quarterbacks have begun to master their new playbook and throw some passes in front of their new coaching staff. Without further adieu, lets get into the 2013 quarterback competition and predict the winner.

Mike Vick: Cut- This may come as a surprise to many, but I don’t think Vick is a good fit for this system because, in the past, he has never been good at what Chip Kelly’s offense demands of its quarterback, which are quick decision making and working the intermediate passing game. In the past, Vick has always been slow getting rid of the football and, especially in Coach Reid’s, Vick tried to throw bombs on every play and somewhat neglected the short passing game. Vick does bring great mobility to the quarterback position, which is an enticing trait, but other than that, I don’t see Vick as a good fit for this scheme.

Nick Foles: Starter- Whether Foles is the starter for the whole season or not, I believe Foles will be the starting quarterback week 1 in DC. Foles showed he has the ability to make quick reads and he has a very powerful arm. What Foles lacks in speed, which isn’t as concerning because of what Coach Kelly has preached to the fan base, but his accuracy isn’t great. Though Foles only had 5 interceptions, he got lucky on multiple occasions, he got lucky that defenders can’t catch because otherwise he would’ve had more like 10 interceptions. Not only this, Foles was also on pace for a worse TD/INT ratio than Mike Vick. I don’t see Foles as the long term option, but I do think he can bridge the Eagles quarterback situation until their future arises.

Matt Barkley: Backup- I’ll admit it, I’m a bit higher on Barkley than others because he was in the discussion for the number 2 overall selection last year, but he went back to school and he saw his draft stock plummet. I don’t believe that the talent that made him a top-10 pick disappeared and I believe Chip Kelly’s offense is a perfect fit for him and his talent will shine through…again. Barkley posses the two things that Vick doesn’t, which makes him a perfect fit for this system. Barkley makes quick reads and he’s extremely accurate in the short to intermediate passing range. I think Barkley will take over from Foles sometime during the season and he will be able to show case all of the talent that made him a top-10 pick a year ago.

Dennis Dixon: 3rd String- To be clear, I don’t think Dixon is a better quarterback than Vick, but due to the contract situation for Vick and Dixon’s history with Coach Kelly, I think Dixon makes the team. Dixon can mentor the other quarterbacks about the system and, as a 3rd string, Dixon gives Coach Kelly at least one quarterback that has the ability to run. I don’t think Dixon will see any playing time, but he could prove as a valuable back up.

GJ Kinne: Cut

So thats the quarterback competition. Let me know what you think about the competition and who you see as the winner. Also be sure to check in tomorrow when the running backs are put under the microscope.


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  • moonerjr

    It’s crazy how people count out Vick. News alert…..the eagles already paid Vick 3 Million which is 6 times more than Foles entire salary and Vick has another 3.5 million due in August. Everyone says Vick lost his speed yet he out ran our star running back… Vick has experience, speed and a rocket arm. 2 years ago we signed him to a $100 million dollar contract!! Vicks bad years were due to a terrible OC, change in OL coach and schemes and a terrible OL. Ask his team mates whose the best QB and they will tell you Vick, hands down. I can’t wait till Vick has a blockbuster year and all these haters get shut up!

  • Dr Muon Funk

    moonerjr Did you watch the Eagles the past two seasons? Vick was not good, he makes terrible reads and gets injured every year. He’s 33.. Not a good choice as a QB for the future. He’s lucky to even be on the team.

  • Michael Oaks

    I have to agree with you Funk. Knowing coach Kelly, he wants to win, and will put the best QB in the game to get to that end. I’m not a hater of Vick, but I believe in Kelly and his decisions for this football team. Vick is trying to learn a new system, the same as each of the QBs. It will come down to who directs the team with intelligence etc. After all, it’s only May and as Kelly has stated, “they haven’t had the big boy pads on yet”.