Arrows Still Point To Michael Vick As The StarterBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Monday, June 17th, 2013
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has gone out of way to make it seem that there’s a serious chance second-year quarterback Nick Foles could beat out Michael Vick for the starting quarterback position. I think there’s very little chance of that happening.
I keep coming back to the read option and the fact that Kelly wants to run this play as part of his rushing attack. Utilizing the quarterback as a running threat is a key concept of Kelly’s and it has proven to be effective in the NFL for other teams like the Redskins, 49ers, and Seahawks in helping the running game.
Kelly points out that the read option is only one part of the offense.
Yes that is true, but the head coach is committed to running it during the season because he invested a tremendous amount of TIME working on the read option during OTA’s and the mini-camp. Kelly knows that the Birds have a limited amount of TIME to prepare for the upcoming season.
Why would you spend so much time working on the read option in the walk through periods and in the team periods, but not use it during the season?
Practice time is as precious as diamonds to a NFL coach during this off season. It’s especially valuable to a rookie coach in 2013, because the recent CBA between the owners and the players has greatly restricted the amount of time the team is able to practice together during the off season.
I watched the Eagles put in consecutive 10 to 15 minute periods working on the read option in the OTA’s. Kelly even took the time to have Foles and Barkley running the play, which to me isn’t realistic. Vick and fourth stringer Dennis Dixon are the only two quarterbacks who can be a serious run threat in the read option offense.
I also find it obvious that Vick believes he’s the starter by asking for Kelly to name a starter ASAP. If he thought the starting job was going to Foles, he wouldn’t want the starter to be named any time soon, because that would give him more chances to win the job back from the second year quarterback. Does Vick have a good reason for believing he is going to be the starter? I think he does.
I also believe Vick’s decision to go public with the request for Kelly to name a starter was a mistake by him because it makes him look nervous and fearful about losing his job.
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