Obviously, one of the most intriguing competitions to watch during the Philadelphia Eagles‘ training camp will be at the quarterback position. Last season — the final year with Andy Reid at the helm — both Michael Vick and Nick Foles saw a large amount of starting time.
This year, new head coach Chip Kelly has declared an open competition at the position — possibly due to very similar results between both quarterbacks in 2012.
During his annual quarterback countdown, Ron Jaworski mentioned that he expects Vick to start at the quarterback position for the Eagles in 2013.
I’m certain of one thing – Vick is the most talented quarterback on the Eagles roster. Vick remains a dynamic player with top-level arm strength and unmatched movement ability to extend plays with his legs. Few can spin it as well as No. 7, especially on the run. (Head coach Chip) Kelly will look at Vick and see a multidimensional quarterback that can pressure a defense in a variety of ways.
That comment from Jaworski is accurate, albeit slightly misguided. Yes, Vick is the only dual-threat option at the quarterback position on the Eagles’ roster right now. However, will the next starting Eagles quarterback be asked to run in Kelly’s system?
Jaworksi thinks so.
He also seems to think that Kelly will run a very similar offense in Philadelphia as he did during his tenure in Oregon.
Here’s the positive as the Eagles transition to Kelly’s shotgun, spread attack. Vick was outstanding in the two-minute offense last season with a quarterback rating of 98. I am going to be fascinated to see Michael Vick in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo-speed offense.
This statement is a great statistical comment by Jaworski; however, it is still unknown if Kelly plans to incorporate a shotgun, spread offense in Philadelphia. Also, if he does, how much will it be utilized?
The Eagles have a great amount of talent all over the field at the skill positions. The versatility of DeSean Jackson, the depth at the tight end position and the talent at running back with LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown is immense. The fact is, the Eagles have enough firepower to run any kind of offensive scheme — it does not necessarily have to reflect Kelly’s scheme in Oregon.
One thing also must be recognized about Vick that should be concerning to Kelly — turnovers. Even Jaworksi realized this and commented about the quarterback during his countdown.
The concern of course, is turnovers. Vick had far too many in 2012. Fifteen of them in 10 games; four of those 15 came in the red zone.
Finally, if Kelly’s intent is to utilize a dual-threat quarterback that makes plays with his legs in his new offense, why would the Eagles have spent a fourth-round draft pick on Matt Barkley — a pure pocket passer?
The fact remains — it is far too early to speculate on the quarterback position with any certainty. Once there is a better grasp on the offense that Kelly intends to run in Philadelphia, things should then begin to take shape.
Until that time, sit back and be patient.