In an amazing statement that’s hard to believe, Chip Kelly says he and his coaching staff haven’t made up their mind on the 3rd quarterback competition between Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow. I don’t believe that statement and I think he’s leaning one way, but he’s open to changing his mind.
After years of coaching Barkley, he’s been here three years, and months of coaching Tebow, Kelly says he and his coaching staff don’t have an opinion about which one of these two quarterbacks is best. I think they’re still at a point where it’s close and either one of them could win the job on the last day, but I think Chip and his coaches have an opinion at his particular time.
I think Kelly doesn’t want to share his opinion right now because he doesn’t want to distract either Barkley or Tebow. That’s fine. I understand and agree with him that it’s not the time to share it. Kelly and his staff want them to battle down to the last second for that last quarterback spot.
Kelly was telling the truth about there being a lot of weight on this final game. It’s the last time the coaches get a look at the players before they make the final cut of the roster. That last impression can have a major impact.
Kelly said Barkley will start on Thursday night against the Jets, but he says they haven’t decided distribution of reps has not been decided how much Barkley and Tebow are going to play.
Not only is that quarterback spot up for grabs, but the backup safety positions are up for grabs. The backup wide receiver spots are still there for the taking. The backups on the offensive line will be decided.
“I think there’s a lot of ‑‑ almost every position, there’s still decisions that have to be made towards the bottom end of the roster”, Kelly said. “So there’s not one that’s more important or that we are looking at harder than any of the other positions. So there’s a lot of competition still going on and it will be an important game for a lot of guys on Thursday.”
I always tell young players that they’re not only trying out for the team they’re currently playing on, but they’re also trying out for every team in the league because all the teams look at the tapes of the game and try to identify and scoop up good players that are released by other teams. If you play well, chances are you will be playing somewhere in the National Football League.
This is a tough time for the year for players on the bubble because they can be let go at any time of the day or night. At any time a coach or Eagles employ could call them or knock their door and say those dreadful words. “The coach wants to see you and bring you playbook”. When you hear that you know it’s all over.
The final moves to get to the 75-player limit will not be made public until later today or after today’s practice. Kelly says there’s still a lot of competition going on in the fight for roster spots and it will all come down to Thursday night. .
Kelly admitted that his coaches started preparing for the Falcons a while ago, so they’ll be ready when it all gets started.