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Matt Barkley: Less pressure than HS or college

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Matt Barkley competed for — and won— starting quarterback jobs as a freshman at both Mater Dei High School and Southern Cal.

The only difference with the Eagles is that there’s less attention on him this time.

The fourth-round slider said he’s been pleasantly surprised how low-key things have been, at least in comparison to his previous gigs.

I think right now is the least amount of pressure, to tell you the truth, the least amount of attention,” Barkley said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t mind it either way; you just get used to it. But now, with how the whole draft turned it, it allows me to not worry about anything but just put my head down and work, be focused.”

If he ends up with the Eagles job anytime soon, that lack of pressure will change. But quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor pointed out that Barkley was the “face of the franchise” for the closest thing Los Angeles has to a pro team, so he’s not exeactly new at this.

“I think I kind of knew, when I chose USC, just the pressures that the quarterback had and the responsibilities that the quarterback had with that program in Los Angeles, with that platform,” Barkley said. “I didn’t really think anything of it. Maybe I was oblivious. But it just seemed natural to take that role.”

At the moment, he’s firmly in the third spot behind Michael Vick and Nick Foles. But those two were inherited by, not selected by, new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. So Barkley may not be out of this competition yet.

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33 Responses to “Matt Barkley: Less pressure than HS or college”
  1. newmarketmaulers says: Jun 25, 2013 7:12 AM

    Whatever happened to rookies keeping their mouth shut until they actually did something on the field?

  2. smjones5984 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:13 AM

    I wouldn’t feel that much pressure if I was third string for the rest of my NFL career!

  3. wryly1 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:21 AM

    Maybe the biggest stigma for Barkley to overcome is the long list of USC QB’s who have under-achieved in the NFL.

  4. officialgame says: Jun 25, 2013 7:22 AM

    The advantage of sliding in the draft is the early expectations are greatly reduced. A lot of good young QB’s couldn’t handle the pressure at the start of their careers.

  5. whitdog23 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:28 AM

    he doesn’t realize how low-key means low expectations. which translates to NO future since the team will eventually invest in a QB with bigger perceived upside. And he’ll be deemed as invaluable

  6. thesteelers says: Jun 25, 2013 7:32 AM

    newmarketmaulers says:
    Jun 25, 2013 7:12 AM
    Whatever happened to rookies keeping their mouth shut until they actually did something on the field?
    ___________________________________

    That was probably before press conferences. Idiot.

  7. cttrojan says: Jun 25, 2013 7:41 AM

    whitdog23 | Jun 25, 2013, 7:28 AM EDT
    he doesn’t realize how low-key means low expectations. which translates to NO future since the team will eventually invest in a QB with bigger perceived upside. And he’ll be deemed as invaluable

    You might want to look up the word invaluable

  8. wolfiereasonedlife says: Jun 25, 2013 7:44 AM

    Until he does something to change my mind my Matt Barkley word association game goes as follows.
    1) Tweets he supports bigotry against gay people
    2) Stays in college an extra year and loses millions of dollars and delays UFA by another year
    3) Puts his invisible friend before logic and reason

  9. dcapettini says: Jun 25, 2013 7:52 AM

    If I were him, I would consider that a wake up call. No pressure means low expectations. It’s like when your girlfriend isn’t trying to change you anymore. She has given up and will take what you got until something better comes along. Something better always comes along.

  10. chillmodedlb says: Jun 25, 2013 7:53 AM

    If you don’t feel pressure in the NFL, even as a backup QB, you’re doing it wrong.

  11. afcdomination says: Jun 25, 2013 8:01 AM

    ok. we get it. Russell Wilson was awesome.

    so can we now stop talking about EVERY darn qb taken in round 3-4 of this past draft class? as a 4th rd pick, barkley is among the 95 percent who fail at that position at/past that pick.

    too much talk about a guy who shouldn’t see the field this year. can justify geno smith’s garbage, but this is a bit like listening to what chase Daniel has to say

  12. hjworton46 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:09 AM

    The point here is that he has little to compete against – Vick is on a steep downward spiral, Foles is a never-will-be. Huge opportunity for Barkley. Can he take it ?

  13. kayakattack says: Jun 25, 2013 8:12 AM

    Really no pressure? Do you know what town you play in? .. Just wait until you throw your first INT in the 4th quarter of a pre-season game!

  14. jbeagles23 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:13 AM

    Arron Rodgers dropped in his draft. Then rode the bench and had very low expectations.

  15. GenXJay says: Jun 25, 2013 8:16 AM

    Positive statement from a player. I interpret it as Barkley sitting on his hands at the end of a bench collecting a paycheck.

  16. deadeyedesign23 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:42 AM

    “Whatever happened to rookies keeping their mouth shut until they actually did something on the field?”

    ____

    Imbeciles like you started watching the combine and the draft and consuming information about them from the time they were 18 years old.

    If you don’t want rookies to talk, reporters shouldn’t ask them questions. If you don’t want reporters to ask them questions maybe stop clicking on the articles.

  17. blbrad says: Jun 25, 2013 8:51 AM

    No pressure… right…
    Welcome to Philly, kid.

  18. floratiotime says: Jun 25, 2013 8:55 AM

    Bench jockeys are seldom under pressure.

  19. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 25, 2013 11:02 AM

    Lol, whitdog23 n cttrojan… invaluable…

    The INfamous El Guapo!

  20. japmen says: Jun 25, 2013 11:04 AM

    Even if he doesn’t go any further, career backups have pretty good jobs. Guy started for a top 30 program and got drafted. Life is good.

  21. 1trinieagle says: Jun 25, 2013 11:05 AM

    Don’t know what some Y’all thinking… I am with this guy…” If you don’t want rookies to talk, reporters shouldn’t ask them questions. If you don’t want reporters to ask them questions maybe stop clicking on the articles.”

    Vick is my guy, would like to see Mike win the job and succeed in Chip Kelly’s system…This kid Barkley is the Real Deal a VETERAN at QB’acking a proven player at all levels before the N.F.L

    Barkley could win the starting job this year for my Birds, looking forward to see this kid in T.C and in the Pre-Season, Vick is my guy but this kid is the total package and could win the job outright.

  22. b3nz0z says: Jun 25, 2013 11:13 AM

    1. player says something
    2. everyone tries to attribute something negative to it

  23. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 25, 2013 11:58 AM

    1. The Eagles are a terrible franchise
    2. I am positive Matt will be a butt fumbler.

  24. glazerh8er says: Jun 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    A lot of people don’t put enough of an emphasis on the cultural changes drafting people from different areas of the country and putting them in completely different worlds. He has no chance in Philly being a Southern California kid. Our new bucs scout who came from Seattle says they wouldn’t draft many kids out of the SEC because of the differences in culture, the freaking SEC!!! Look it up, not many go to Seattle the past few years.

  25. bobbyhoying says: Jun 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    I wish him well and hope he has success with the Birds. However, I believe pressure at the college level is playing for an SEC team.

  26. thepftpaperchase says: Jun 25, 2013 3:10 PM

    glazerh8er says: Jun 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    A lot of people don’t put enough of an emphasis on the cultural changes drafting people from different areas of the country and putting them in completely different worlds. He has no chance in Philly being a Southern California kid. Our new bucs scout who came from Seattle says they wouldn’t draft many kids out of the SEC because of the differences in culture, the freaking SEC!!! Look it up, not many go to Seattle the past few years.
    ____________________________________

    Yep. They really avoid SEC players. Out of 22 rookies on their current roster, 7 of them were from SEC schools. Plus, in the past couple of years they have also drafted K.J. Wright and James Carpenter, and acquired Percy Harvin, among others.

  27. glazerh8er says: Jun 25, 2013 3:32 PM

    After their scouting directer left for our team. Look 10′ and 11′, very low.

  28. spankygreen says: Jun 25, 2013 4:22 PM

    This guy is already an after thought. what made him think he would have gone ahead of RG III or any QB for that matter. He is firmly #3 on the Eagles depth chart and that’s being generous……

  29. stephenjones102 says: Jun 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    Go Eagles! Hey, for any of you Eagle fans who don’t know much about this guy, here is one piece of information: the year that Andrew Luck was up for the Heisman Trophy, Matt Barkley had a better year at QB. I believe he had a higher percentage completion ration, more TD’s, more passing yards, etc. Now, I’m not saying he’s better than Luck, but he’s good. It’s great that he’s starting his career as a back-up. Can’t wait to see him play. I live in Southern California and got to see him play, a lot.

  30. garadich says: Jun 25, 2013 6:33 PM

    What he’s referring to is less pressure to perform. He started varsity at a powerhouse HS as a 14 year old freshman (required a waiver by the state sanctioning committee) and at USC as an 18 year old true freshman. Obviously expectations were higher than for a 4th round draft pick. He’s saying the same thing you all are…no pressure to perform becasue no one expects him to start and some don’t expect him to play well at all because no USC QB’s have. The pressure out here is different; Philly fans are no doubt more brutal and demanding but you’ll turn out win, lose or draw (great thing). Out here you have to win with style or the fairweather fans will move on to something else, and that includes USC since there’s no NFL team here. And Barkley never said he was going to be a top pick last year, all the “experts” did. Bottom line, even though he had a really good year last year, it wasn’t as good as his junior year and his team wasn’t as good either, so it cost him. Now, he’ll either perform or he won’t and whether he plays will be based on that. He’s a high character kid with a history on the field better than Palmer, Leinart or Sanchez BY FAR. Don’t know if I’d bet on him because the NFL is so different, but I’ll sure pull for him.

  31. rodericksilva says: Jun 25, 2013 10:21 PM

    First time he doesn’t step into a starting role in a high pressure situation…that’s all. Leave the kid alone.

    In Philly the pressure will crank up to 100 when he gets his first start. He’s started every game for the last 8 years. NFL is different but that’s a lot of football.

  32. nutsacker says: Jun 25, 2013 10:52 PM

    Nick Foles is wretched

  33. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 3, 2013 3:55 PM

    Enjoy it now Barkley because when your number is called,the Eagle fans can be brutal. They are not going to wait for you to figure things out. The heat will get cranked up then.

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