Chip Kelly's first press conference as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles was an eye-opener, to be sure. He spoke about the passion within the Eagles organization and he spoke about the reasons why he ultimately decided to leave Oregon.
Oh, and he spoke about the quarterback position—something we were all dying to hear him talk about.
He mentioned durability as a key asset to determining which quarterback will ultimately be his guy, and according to CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank, Kelly said:
"I'm a huge fan of Nick (Foles). We hit him as many times as we could hit someone and he kept getting up."— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 17, 2013
When it came time to talk about Michael Vick, Kelly was diplomatic in his approach, saying, "Nothing is on the table, and nothing is off the table."
He recently told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, via Rotoworld.com:
I don't have the answer. I know what a talent he is and have marveled of Michael since he was at Virginia Tech...I want to meet Michael and I want to talk to Michael. And I want to watch the tape. But there haven't been too many quarterbacks in the history of this game with the skill set that he has. I'm in the process of evaluating everyone on this team.
What Does It Mean?
Clearly, Kelly doesn't want to put all his cards on the table right now.
His comments about Foles lead us to believe that the young quarterback will be strongly considered for the starting role in 2013, but he isn't committing to anyone right now.
Vick will be costly for the Eagles, should Kelly decide he wants to run his offense through the dynamic quarterback. I'm of the inclination to believe Vick won't be in Philly in 2013, though, as he's not only an expensive player, but he's proven to be fragile, as well.
Kelly's statements on Thursday didn't rule out the possibility that the Eagles might look the the draft, though, and a quarterback worth considering for his offense would be Geno Smith, should he still be available when Philadelphia picks at No. 4 overall.
Kelly will now spend all of his waking hours poring over game tape of the players currently on the Eagles roster and at tape of college players to determine what's next.
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