The quarterback competition in Philadelphia comes down to Mike Vick and Nick Foles. Just like the quarterback competition in Seattle last year centered on Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson.
In 2012, rookie Russell Wilson stole the job. In 2013, Matt Barkley would like to do the same thing.
“That’s not a plan to be a backup,” Barkley told Angelo Cataldi of 94WIP earlier today. “I don’t think that ever should be your goal. Sometimes it may work out that way, but it doesn’t mean I’m not going to have that goal to be on the field.”
Barkley has been getting third-team reps while Vick and Foles share the first-team snaps. Coach Chip Kelly is waiting for a starter to emerge. The longer it takes for Vick and Foles, the greater the chance Barkley has, in theory, to swipe the job.
Meanwhile, Barkley is focused on getting up to speed.
“I’m still on the learning curve, to where I kind of have more questions than answers with the offense,” Barkley said. “But I think at the end of camp, no doubt, it will be the opposite to where I can provide those answers and provide options for change if necessary.”
The ultimate change would be the name “Barkley” becoming relevant once again in the Philly sports scene. It may be inevitable — and there’s a chance it’ll happen sooner rather than later.