The Eagles have finished up their voluntary minicamp, otherwise known as organized team activities (OTAs). As fans, we were told a lot over these past few weeks about this new team from the press who were able to attend OTAs for the first time in 14 years. However, we still also have a lot of unanswered questions as we head into the summer. I think the real question is, who thought Chip Kelly would show all of his cards this early in 2013?
I certainly didn’t, and maybe Kelly isn’t able from a coaching standpoint to do so either. He keeps saying he needs to see the guys practice and play with pads on. I agree. But it seemed as though Michael Vick thought there’d be some certainty as it pertains to who the starting QB might be now that the OTAs are over.
Vick hasn’t been too happy splitting first-team reps with competing QB Nick Foles. Of course Vick is a competitor and, frankly, he has worked extremely hard during the offseasons over the past couple of years. In a sense, he may feel the starting job is owed to him. He was a bit outspoken about his displeasure in not knowing who the starting QB is heading into training camp, which starts at the end of July.
Les Bowen of the Daily News quoted Vick as saying, “I have to continue to be a professional and put my feelings and emotions to the side, and just continue to compete. But it’s hard. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t, but that’s just what I have to deal with, and I’m going to keep dealing with it until I see otherwise.” This quote concerns me. It seemed as though he wanted to be given the starting role rather than working hard in this new offensive scheme.
On the flip side, Foles doesn’t seem to be taking the lack of a decision by Kelly to heart. Bowen was able to get some quotes from Foles. He said, “I don’t go to sleep at night sweatin’, wondering where I am. What I can do is I can work hard, come out on the field, be a leader of these guys, execute the plays, make the guys around me better.” This is what I like to hear. Leadership on the offense is desperately needed. I do wish Vick had said something similar.
Kelly wants to see these QBs in preseason games before he makes any decision about who starts against the Redskins in week one. Vick has openly said he really hoping he doesn’t have to wait that long. He made some comments recently in a Comcast SportsNet interview saying he hopes Kelly would pick a starting QB before camp begins at the NovaCare Complex.
I’m a huge defender of Eagles QBs. I always have been. I was with McNabb and I’ve been defending Vick for the past few years as well (much to the chagrin of my family and friends). However, Vick needs to take a few steps back and stop with the emotional talk. He’s the guy with 24 interceptions and 9 lost fumbles over his last 23 starts. Those numbers are terrible and Kelly has every right to keep these stats in the back of his head. Further, because of these dreadful numbers it’s the responsible thing for Kelly to do—wait until he sees what these QBs can do in preseason games against the Patriots, Panthers, Jaguars, and Jets.
I like what Kelly is doing. Not naming a starting QB right off the bat is smart. This philosophy of “wait and see” is obviously designed to make these QBs work that much harder in the gym, in the film room and on the practice field. It’s a good strategy. So far, I like what we’re seeing from Chip Kelly.