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Kelly will delay starting quarterback decision as long as possible

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At the outset of training camp, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he’d name a starting quarterback when a starter emerges.

It’s now clear that Kelly won’t let one emerge for as long as possible.

“We’re going to pull the trigger before we game plan for the Washington Redskins,” Kelly told reporters after Friday night’s preseason opener.  “We have to have a quarterback in place when we’re really getting ready and getting into the meat and potatoes of what our game plan is going to be.  That quarterback will be named.”

In theory, game-planning for the Redskins could begin before the week preceding the game.  But Kelly was asked if the effort will begin prior to the final preseason game, and he offered a rare one-word answer:  “No.”

Maybe the broader answer to the question already appears in the depth chart, where both Vick and Foles are listed as starters.  Maybe they will be co-starters, with Kelly deciding based on each opponent whether Vick or Foles better fits the game plan.

Either way, the delayed decision makes it less likely, but not impossible, that the loser of the competition won’t be with the team as of Week One.  If it’s so close that Kelly won’t even try to decide on a starter until the preseason has ended, Kelly will need to keep the guy who finishes No. 2 around, in the event the starter stumbles.

There’s also a chance that Kelly knows who the starter will be, and that he’s simply splitting the reps as a way to keep the Redskins guessing about whether they’ll face Vick or Foles on the first Monday night of the season.  If so, it’s a con job that is more trouble than it’s worth, given that the sharing of reps keeps the predetermined starter (if there is one) from getting fully prepared to run Kelly’s offense.

The truth as to Kelly’s reasoning may never be known.  And if whoever gets the job thrives, it won’t matter.

But if the starter ends up starting slowly, Kelly will be criticized for not picking a starter early enough to give him a full and fair chance to get ready for the job that he may not learn he has won until six days before he makes his debut.

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37 Responses to “Kelly will delay starting quarterback decision as long as possible”
  1. unkrautsalat says: Aug 10, 2013 8:31 AM

    Yeah, it worked out horrible when the Seahawks waited that long to pick a quarterback, didn’t it?

  2. bennyb82 says: Aug 10, 2013 8:32 AM

    I am not sure why it is so important that we need to know who the starter is. They have played one preseason game…but I guess reporters have to ask something…

  3. bobbyhoying says: Aug 10, 2013 8:33 AM

    As I keep saying, it does not matter. Did you watch the defense perform exactly as expected? Who exactly in the NFC East will they stop?

  4. officialgame says: Aug 10, 2013 8:54 AM

    The bottom line is all the QB’s are getting better and played well against a pretty good Pats defense. Barkley looked exceptional for a rookie as well. Kelly’s control of the tempo will work at the NFL level in fact the faster the pace the better the offense functioned.

  5. broncosnative says: Aug 10, 2013 8:59 AM

    I say Vick is their guy, he looked Moore comfortable in the pocket and his arm still has it. That defense on the other hand, lets just hope that was preseason rust or they are in trouble. If that was AP or CJ, that first run is a TD, pats ran with ease and like I said, lets hope that it’s just rust

  6. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Aug 10, 2013 9:08 AM

    Kelly is already annoying. A good fit for Eagles fans

  7. pjhcfp says: Aug 10, 2013 9:22 AM

    When Eric Mangini did this, media treated him as an idiot, no ifs,ands or buts; but when Chip Kelly does it, he’s got some sort of brilliant motive. Face it, he got this job because the Eagles have QB problems and there are questions as to whether any QB on Eagles roster is NFL ready.

  8. greymares says: Aug 10, 2013 9:25 AM

    Do you really think the Eagles are concerned about any team enough that they will not follow their game plan as to who is the right guy to quarterback this team. I personally have mixed emotions about the decision. I think Vick gives them the better chance to win more games this year. But this team needs a few years to be a contender and then the younger guys need to be ready. this being said it really doesn’t matter who the starter is and they may be playing with multiple Q.B.’s in the best interest of the overall plan.

  9. nananatman says: Aug 10, 2013 9:35 AM

    Never start a sentence with “And.”

  10. wiitrainingcamp says: Aug 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    Only in the mind of the media could it be more important hurry up and name a QB than to take your time and make sure you get the right one.

  11. jbeagles23 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Kelly isn’t being annoying. The media is. Asking a question thy know thy wont get an answer to and then reporting on it

  12. razorbyrd says: Aug 10, 2013 9:45 AM

    has it dawned on any non-Eagles fans that Kelly is a first year Head Coach trying to make the single biggest roster spot decision for his team?!
    Doesn’t it make sense to first see each guy run the offense at full speed in a few games BEFORE deciding on a starter?!
    He’s the type of guy who wants as much information as possible before making a decision, so I say let him take as long as he needs to evaluate these guys.

    (I don’t know, maybe that’s just too much common sense for some people)

  13. gallaghedj311 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:49 AM

    Excellent. Media can make up what if scenarios for 2-3 more weeks. Yay

  14. captrtp says: Aug 10, 2013 10:00 AM

    It’s gonna be Foles if you watched the game Vick only ran a standard offense. Foles played the no huddle like a champ and went down the field in record time and scored a td. Vick isn’t smart enough to run the no huddle fast paced offense Chip runs. Even Barkley ran the no huddle well and would of had better # s if his receivers didn’t drop so many passes. Chips offense need speed and smarts Vick doesn’t have the smarts and can’t read Defenses.

  15. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 10, 2013 10:46 AM

    Kelly is a stupid clown and will slink back to college soon.

  16. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 10, 2013 10:46 AM

    Kelly is a stupid clown and will slink back to college soon.

  17. bigwayne75 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:58 AM

    officialgame says: Aug 10, 2013 8:54 AM

    The bottom line is all the QB’s are getting better and played well against a pretty good Pats defense. Barkley looked exceptional for a rookie as well. Kelly’s control of the tempo will work at the NFL level in fact the faster the pace the better the offense functioned
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    LOL, Patriots don’t have a good defense, they were ranked 26th in total Defense last season. They didn’t do anything or much to improve it. Also some of the Pats D player didn’t play and the rest played 1 series. Kelly up tempo may work but it is no good, when the other team is controlling the clock by running the ball, which by all signs of last night’s game, Eagles can’t stop the run.

  18. themackstrong says: Aug 10, 2013 11:39 AM

    I can’t think of a time where being indecisive about your QB helps your team. Someone mentioned Seattle waiting, Russell Wilson wasn’t able to develop or emerge until maybe week 6 because he split reps 3 ways all the way until the last game of pre-season. Vick looked like the guy to me

  19. officialgame says: Aug 10, 2013 11:51 AM

    And the Eagles sat players like Shady McCoy and Jason Peters. What’s your point it’s pre season? Do you think Kelly showed 5% of what he has planned. If you watched the game three things are obvious; Kelly knows what he is doing, the offense will score points, and the defense needs to improve a lot. We are talking a out a team coming off a 4 win season not a Superbowl contender like the Pats.

  20. bigblu73 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:13 PM

    captrtp says:
    Aug 10, 2013 10:00 AM
    It’s gonna be Foles if you watched the game Vick only ran a standard offense. Foles played the no huddle like a champ and went down the field in record time and scored a td. Vick isn’t smart enough to run the no huddle fast paced offense Chip runs. Even Barkley ran the no huddle well and would of had better # s if his receivers didn’t drop so many passes. Chips offense need speed and smarts Vick doesn’t have the smarts and can’t read Defenses.
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    Uhhm…..NO!!!! Vick had a perfect passer rating for his 2 series 158.3. Also he totally engineered a fantastic looking 1st drive highlighted by great decisions, fantastic reads, and incredible arm strength and touch!!! I have no idea what you were watching but Vick clearly was the more impressive QB. Foles played well but his dink and dunk game was what it was. Safe and effective but not dynamic like the offense was with Vick. Vick isn’t “smart enough” to run a no-huddle??? LOL You gotta do better than that. I know I know, Vick did it all with his feet right? Oops no, he commanded the offense effectively without rushing the ball one time. He is going to be a beast in that offense!

  21. surfinbird1 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:24 PM

    Just pick one ,Vick looked good. Worry more about how the Pats ran for 250 yds.against your defense.

  22. deezenucks says: Aug 10, 2013 1:28 PM

    I still maintain the belief that Vick is a very good qb, IF he gets protection.

  23. eagles01fan says: Aug 10, 2013 2:19 PM

    Its best if we dont know who the qb starter is. The fans know vick and foles are sharp so far, so that to me is not the main topic. Chip really has to improve on defense because its not college anymore its the BIG leagues.

  24. ochospantalones says: Aug 10, 2013 2:25 PM

    Both of these guys are going to have to start at some point. Between injuries and not being especially good quarterbacks, it is very hard to see how either one starts 16 games. So it seems like a smart move by Chip to prepare both of them to start.

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 10, 2013 2:33 PM

    I doubt it.

    You can actually run a 2 QB system in the NFL, but I’m willing to bet Chip Kelly goes conventional and picks a starter before Week 1. I already don’t like Coach Kelly for like a dozen reasons, he’s off to a lousy start and I’m convinced he can’t coach in this league. Let’s see who is right.

  26. eaglesbar says: Aug 10, 2013 2:52 PM

    come on Foles im pulling for u its not that I don’t like vick I want some a bit younger that we can have at least 7 good years with

  27. eaglesbar says: Aug 10, 2013 2:52 PM

    come on Foles im pulling for u its not that I don’t like vick I want some a bit younger that we can have at least 7 good years with you no

  28. channer81 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:11 PM

    It’s still mind blowing that Foles is still in the conversation. Any other team out that has a new GM or coach and the QB isn’t “Their guy” the sentiment is more negative.

  29. phanatic2013 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:40 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Kelly used two QBS, and remember people who are crapping on the D it’s the first time they had full contact all year give it a few games.

  30. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 4:01 PM

    Kelly is either messin’ with Vick or an idiot. Your choice. He saw the same thing we all did. Vick gives the eagles the best chance to win now while Foles is too inexperienced.

  31. usg1 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:08 PM

    deezenucks says: Aug 10, 2013 1:28 PM

    I still maintain the belief that Vick is a very good qb, IF he gets protection.

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    So, what you are saying is that he never had protection his whole career? Because he has never been a good QB……

    Wait, my bad. He had a very good 8 game stretch in 2010 for the Eagles. He had good protection for just 8 games in his 10 year career. That seems logical.

  32. usg1 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:13 PM

    channer81 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:11 PM

    It’s still mind blowing that Foles is still in the conversation. Any other team out that has a new GM or coach and the QB isn’t “Their guy” the sentiment is more negative.

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    Vick is no more “Their guy” than Foles. If your theory is that they brought back Vick, then that is bad logic, because he was here regardless. All they did was restructure his contract. I mean, they could have released him or maybe tried to trade him, but you could say the same about Foles too. In fact, supposedly, teams were asking about Foles and they wouldn’t even get involved in them talks.

    If you are gonna go with the “Their guy” excuse, then Dixon or Barkley should be starting.

  33. usg1 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:14 PM

    dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 4:01 PM

    Kelly is either messin’ with Vick or an idiot. Your choice. He saw the same thing we all did. Vick gives the eagles the best chance to win now while Foles is too inexperienced.

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    To win what? What has Vick ever won? He has exactly 3 winning seasons in his 10 year career, and he never got past the NFC Championship game. He doesn’t exactly scream “WINNER”.

  34. usg1 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:19 PM

    Are all the Vick fans gonna post on here or any other site that they are posting on and admit that Vick is garbage if he wins the starting job and plays like he has the past 10 seasons? Or are they gonna blame Kelly, the O-line, the WRs? He has been in the league for 10 years. He is 33 years old. I never saw any other QB have as long as a leash that he has had. EVERY other QB would be cut by now, and yet Vick fans always cry about racism when the media and/or fans are screaming for Foles. Idiots. Vick is probably one of the most overrated players ever in the history of football that never won anything. So ridiculous that people are still hanging on to him like he is a prospect and he is still gonna improve and become this great QB. It ain’t happening. Time to move on.

  35. mungman69 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:40 PM

    It’s only August 10th. No need to name a starting QB now. And on the other side of the ball, well the Eagles don’t have the players, period. New England could have scored 60 points if the Eagles had left their starting defense in the game.

  36. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 10:38 PM

    @usg1

    I didn’t say Vick would win. Just that he gives them a better chance to win than the other options. How many winning seasons has Foles had?

    Clearly you hate Vick so who should the QB be for the Eagles?

  37. thanos769 says: Aug 11, 2013 9:44 AM

    Vick has been a pro bowler 4 times and gotten his team to the NFC Championship game. What has Foles done? Lost in college and lost in the pros. I know people hate Vick for various reasons but you have to give me a better option than Nick Foles who fumbled on his first series and finally got a score against second stringers. This is the pros; not college. Kelly needs to stop playing head games and name the QB who’s playing best (Vick) as the starter. He’s only got a few quarters to decide since other teams are not going to play along and keep starters in so that he can evaluate his QBs. By the fourth pre-season game the Jets will rest all of their starters and if Kelly insist on playing Vick and Foles it only increases the chance of injury. A potential starter should not be playing with 2nd, 3rd and 4th string linemen and against subs with nothing to lose.

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