Matt Barkley: “I have confidence that I can come in right away and make an impact”BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Friday, May 3rd, 2013
“So without a doubt, I have confidence that I can come in right away and make an impact.”
It seems that everybody is challenging Michael Vick this week. Here you’ve got a quarterback, who was drafted in the fourth round, but he’s talking about making an impact in the first year. Not just playing, but making an impact. That means getting on the field and playing ahead of Vick and Nick Foles at some point. He probably figures if Vick starts, he’s going to get hurt at some point and he’s confident he can beat out Foles. We’ll see.
That’s the type of confidence you want from your quarterback. He’s not even sure about what they’re going to be asking him to do, but the youngster is confident he can do whatever they want him to do.
“I don’t exactly know what type of system it is going to be. I probably have similar questions that you do,” Barkley was being interviewed on 97.5 The Fanatic and the quotes were on PhillyMag.com. “Once we get into rookie camp next week I’ll have a better idea. But in terms of what style of quarterback he needs, I have heard him say multiple times both to the public and to me personally that he is going to make the personnel he has fit in the system. So without a doubt I have confidence that I can come in right away and make an impact, or just help the team in whatever way I can. I don’t think it matters what people say about me and what type of quarterback I am, I think Coach Kelly will make it work.”
I could tell the youngster what kind of offense he’s going to be running for the Birds. The Eagles have merged segments of Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense with the West Coast offense. I think Barkley is a West Coast offense type of quarterback. He’s very smart, capable of getting the ball out of his hands very quickly and very accurate in the short to intermediate throws. That’s a West Coast offense quarterback.
The USC grad and the rest of the rookies will be working out with their coaches next week.
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