Pat Shurmur On Eagles QB Battle: “I think competition is good for everyone”BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Monday, August 19th, 2013
Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur talked to the media after practice yesterday and he made some comments regarding the battle for the starting quarterback position. He said something which I have been saying all along. The struggle between the Birds quarterbacks is all about using the competition to get improved quarterback play.
“No, I think competition is good for everyone”, Shurmur said. ”I think we all need to be challenged regardless of whether it’s within a position group. I think we all feel challenged to learn and not make mistakes. I think that’s natural and good, and I think that’s what training camp is — you have groups of guys out there doing the same things, and they try to get better individually and then they naturally compare themselves to their teammates. And so I think that’s a good thing.”
Shurmur didn’t say it, but I believe this idea was all about getting Michael Vick in particular to play his best, through making good decisions and taking care of the football. Vick’s skill set fits this offense. His quickness and speed along with his strong arm make him an ideal candidate to run Chip Kelly’s offense, but he must eliminate the turnovers and bad decisions which have plagued him the last couple of years.
He played as well as he has ever played in the first two preseason games, so Chip Kelly and Shurmur are getting what they want.
The pressure of the competition forces Vick not to take foolish chances when he throws the football. It also forces him to protect the football when he runs. The former first round pick will tend to be more conservative when the starting job of is on the line. Vick knows how Kelly feels about turning the ball over, so he avoids it at all costs. He hasn’t played that way the last two years when he was anointed the starter and in a comfortable position.
The competition has also put the pressure on Nick Foles which has improved his play. You play the games under pressure, so pressure in practice from competition is a good thing.
I think Kelly is going to wait as long as possible to name the starter in order to make sure to keep his quarterbacks as sharp as he can through competition.
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