Honesty may be the best policy, but it also can spark a perceived mutiny.
At a time when Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who does everything fast, has decided to take his time when naming a starting quarterback, Mike Vick has said he’d prefer to know sooner that later — and that Kelly has no problem with such candor.
So why not have more guys join the chorus?
Receiver DeSean Jackson told NFL Network on Tuesday that the rest of the players also would like to have an answer to the question that’s on everyone’s mind.
“I have been hearing some things about Vick saying that he wants to know,” Jackson said. “At the same time, the team wants to know too. We need to go into training camp prepared and know who is going to be our starting quarterback.”
Jackson admits that the competition between Vick and Nick Foles is a close one.
“I don’t know, it has been kind of even,” Jackson said.
Vick may not be thrilled by that degree of honesty from Jackson, primarily because Vick surely would disagree with the accuracy of the assessment.
It’s all the more reason for the players to find a way to avoid the kind of candor that can cause problems in the locker room and, in turn, on the field.
As the Patriots demonstrate pretty much continuously, just because a question has been asked doesn’t mean it has to be answered.