Philadelphia’s Plans At Quarterback
When new head coach Chip Kelly was hired, many people in Philadelphia were curious to see what types of players he would draft for his system. Now that the 2013 NFL Draft is over, people have a little better idea. The biggest question might be, what plans does he have for quarterback?
Last season, Michael Vick showed that he is not only inconsistent at this stage of his career, but injury-prone as well. He is back for another season, and his contract pays him quite a bit of money. Nick Foles was able to get some playing time at quarterback, and his moderate success already created a quarterback controversy of sorts, with many daily fantasy sportsplayers thinking he is the preferred option. Add in newly drafted Matt Barkley, and it seems as though Philadelphia has three legitimate starting options.
Most were surprised when Barkley fell all the way to the fourth round. Even then, more people were surprised when it ended up being the Philadelphia Eagles who drafted him. Kelly’s offense at Oregon was all about having a mobile quarterback. Many figured that if he was going to take a quarterback, EJ Manuel or Geno Smith would be his guy. Instead, he took pocket passer from USC. Kelly must have liked what he saw when his Oregon squad faced off against him.
What this draft pick shows is that Kelly seems to currently be favoring quarterbacks who can make smart decisions and throw accurately with a quick release. Those are perhaps Vick’s two major weaknesses, while Foles and Barkley excel at it. The read option also does not seem to be heading to Philadelphia, despite many people figuring that would be the case.
A lot can happen in the coming months, but as of right now it seems as though the 32-year old Michael Vick has numbered days in Philadelphia. Kelly already has Foles coming back, and the addition of Barkley seems to indicate the style he is heading towards. Those looking forward to an Oregon-style offense for the Eagles don’t appear to be getting their wish.