Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Kelly's QB: Vick or Foles?
By Tom Carpenter
Now that the initial shock of the Philadelphia Eagles hiring Oregon's Chip Kelly has diminished, its time to take a quick look at the most pressing question their new coach will face: who will be his starting QB next season? The Eagles may well add a new quarterback to the mix this offseason, but as it stands now, he will have to choose between Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Conventional wisdom seems to be that the hyper-athletic Vick fits Kelly's high-octane offense better than Foles, but ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano believes that line of thinking sells the coach short:
"I personally believe Kelly ... is smart enough to know that he's not going to win in the NFL the same way he won at Oregon, where he could recruit the fastest guys in the world and opposing defenses didn't have equivalent speed with which to counter it. Opposing defenses in the NFL are considerably faster than they are in the Pac 12. Considering what the Eagles are likely paying Kelly to change his mind and take the job a week and a half after turning it down, they'd better not be going all-in on the assumption that his college offense will translate to the pros. "
Of course, there is also the looming decision to be made on Vick's contract. The Eagles can get out of his $15.5 million base salary by cutting him prior to Feb. 6, unless Vick decides to renegotiate. Plus, Graziano pointed out a quote from Kelly about Foles from back when they competed against each other in the collegiate ranks.
"I’ll tell you what; I’m glad Nick Foles is graduating," Kelly said.
"I catch myself watching him in awe sometimes. … Nick is a hell of a football player. That kid’s a warrior. He’s as good as anyone in the country."
Follow this link to check out some potential trade and draft targets that ESPN NFL Insider Chris Sprow thinks the Eagles may consider, including Joe Webb, Matt Flynn and Baylor's Nick Florence