Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley has done little to inspire confidence in fans since his debut last season. And until very recently his performance in training camp has been lackluster at best. Last season, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had quarterback issues in the first half of the season. He does not want to repeat that scenario so he is looking to solidify the backup quarterback position early.
Kelly isn’t the kind of coach to berate his players into submission. He knows that will only give temporary positive results. Maybe. But he needs a solid backup quarterback. One thing he does to get the best out of his players is to create competition them. This is a pretty effective tactic.
This is one of those instances. Early in training camp Eagles quarterback G. J. Kinne has looked good. So good in fact there are whispers that he could make the Eagles final roster this season. But not if Barkley has anything to say about it. Since Kinne has stepped up so has Barkley. This seems to be a character flaw him. If he has the skills why hasn’t he used them before now? Why wait until it looks like he may be replaced. Can you imagine if Denver Broncos Peyton Manning or New England Patriots Tom Brady waited for some outside force to motivate them?
That is the difference between those guys and Matt Barkley. Both veteran quarterbacks have plenty of talent but the source of their motivation comes from within. It takes outside forces for Barkley to step up. What happens when those outside forces are gone? Does Barkley go back to the way he was? This is a concern for Kelly to pay very close attention to.