Kelly still coy about his quarterbacks


Eagles coach Chip Kelly has said he’ll name a starting quarterback when one of them emerges as the starter.

On Sunday, Kelly dodged the question of whether any of the quarterbacks is emerging.

The question was simple:  Are you seeing any separation at all in the quarterback competition?

The answer was complex.

“I thought today they all played really well,” Kelly said.  “I was encouraged with the entire team to come back.  We had Saturday off, but I thought the energy out there today, there was a real good give and take by both sides of the ball, so I think all of them on today had a pretty good day.

“When you go through it and you’re going as many times and as many evaluations, there is an up day and a down day, and up day and a down day.   So who consistently over the time has played at the highest level?  But to say one day this guy was above and then it drops, so I thought all three of those guys today [Mike Vick, Nick Foles, and Matt Barkley], and then the little snaps that Dennis [Dixon] got, they played pretty well today.”

So apparently none of the quarterbacks is separating.  Or Kelly sees it and simply doesn’t want to say so.

Regardless, Kelly didn’t want to even suggest that the guy who starts the preseason opener on Friday against the Patriots can be deemed the leader based on performance.

“No, not performance, just what the depth chart is, who is available,” Kelly said.  “What are we trying to put out there for one offensive line group, one tight end group, one receiver group.  To try to get those guys how long we can go.  There is a lot more that factors into it.  Because, again, we don’t believe it’s fair to say, great, I’m here.  But he played with a different set of people.  So trying to figure out that part of it.”

In recent days, the Riley Cooper saga has provided a distraction to the quarterback competition.  Before too long, however, Kelly’s selection of a starter, or his effort to delay it as long as possible, will become the top story for the team.

27 responses to “Kelly still coy about his quarterbacks

  1. listened to 6 prominent Eagle beat reporters give their opinion 3 had Vick in the lead and 3 had Foles in the lead. I’m guessing that makes Barkley the leader in the clubhouse.

  2. Sounds like Coach Kelly’s first NFL rodeo. Note to Coach Kelly: When you have 3 starting QB’s you have none.

  3. He has decided that the Philly cheese steak sandwiches will be his opening snack each day

  4. To be honest with you…I would rather see Foles than Vick in week 1. I think our D can contain Foles. Vick with that first game, I will admit scares me a bit. Vick plays like a superstar when his legs are still under him, which they will be very fresh in that first game, but eventually you know what is going to happen by week 4, it will start catching up to his over 30 body. Kelly is no dummy, he knows Vick is the better option in week 1 with his fastbreak offense. It should be a good one Monday night at FedEx.

  5. The only way this rascist organization can make amends to the community it to name Vick the starter. Liberals are smart and sensitive.

  6. Give it up Chip. Quit being a tool and name a starter already. You act like its a secret and if you tell us, your whole season will be ruined.

  7. Mike, they haven’t had one pre season game. That is why they have practices then pre season games. Give this situation time. I agree with Chip Kelly’s appraoch. However he already has a much better idea which QB it will be right now but isn’t 100% sure. He just doesn’t want to tell you or anyone else. More power to Kelly!!!

  8. The Eagles don’t have a QB on the roster worthy of an NFL start but Vick is the only one who can run that Kelly offense and offer a threat to run.

    Throw in all the contract stuff and Kelly has no choice but to start Vick.

  9. As a longtime Eagles fan, I’ve got no problem with this approach given the situation we are in presently. If he starts playing QB Carousel during the season, then I’ll have an issue with it. Until then, we’re not even out of camp yet. That said, I predict Vick will be the starter. We’ll see.

  10. Well at least we know now basically what Coach Kelly’s legacy will be known for. He will be known as the Coach that pulled everything together amidst a lot of distractions and question marks, or he will be ridden out of town for suffocating the team with distractions.

    Is he the cause of or the cure of these distractions? Only his W/L record serves as the jury.

  11. Chip needs to be coy about that terrible o-line that has to pass block for Vick or Foles…what’s the point trying to figure who will be the starter if the line sucks.

  12. And how does anybody know what kinda offense chip is going to run when there hasn’t been a game yet. Foles and Barkley have the edge over Vick because both can read defenses better than Vick and Foles played way better than Vick last year with the same make shift Line.

  13. I think chip is just waiting for Manziel or Boyd next yr because honestly Vick is old, foles and Barkley don’t fit offense scheme, and Dixon isn’t starter material. 6 years from now there won’t be anymore slow quarterbacks seriously lol

  14. let Coach Kelly take as long as he wants… the longer he holds back about who the starter is, the longer and harder these guys will push themselves to show what they can do… in the end, you’ll have 3 QB’s who have busting their asses, stretched their abilities, and probably realized they can do a few things they didn’t think they could…

    and who gives a rat’s ass what Kelly weighs, he’s calling the plays, not running them…

  15. Locally, everyone knows the competition is over. Vick has been the best QB in camp by far. It’s not close. Hopefully, they will get a better QB than these three bums next offseason

  16. Vick will now be the starting QB because of the Cooper incident. This is how Lurie works. It’s not a joke.

  17. Nothing coy about it. Coach Kelly makes decisions when they need to be made, and he doesn’t cave to banal requests for predictions or advanced info. His whole game-play/prep philosophy revolves around keeping every possible option open until you MUST commit to a course of action. Nothing new or profound about what he’s doing if you’ve been following the Ducks the past several years.

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