Projecting the 2013 Stats of Philadelphia Eagles' Quarterbacks
The Philadelphia Eagles don't necessarily have a quarterback controversy on their hands, just a quarterback competition.
And that competition could last a while.
It looks as if the quarterback competition is wide open, at least in the eyes of the only man it matters to: Head Coach Chip Kelly.
That starting position will be won by either Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley or Dennis Dixon.
No disrespect meant towards free agent addition G.J. Kinne, but he is the longest of long shots to start under center in Week 1.
With all that being said, I'll project the numbers of the four Eagles quarterbacks vying for that No.1 spot.
If there was a "favorite" in the Philadelphia QB competition, it would presumably be Michael Vick.
If based on nothing else, his experience alone should give him a leg (or maybe just a foot) up on his fellow competitors.
The 32-year-old lefty is mobile enough to run Chip Kelly's offense, that's for sure. What isn't so certain is whether or not Vick will get up after taking a big hit outside the pocket.
Vick only played 10 games last season due to a concussion suffered in a Week 10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Vick came back for the last game of the season, which turned out to be a shellacking at the hands of the New York Giants.
In the 2012 season, Vick completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,362 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On the ground, Vick rushed 62 times for 332 yards and one TD.
In Kelly's offense, Vick's mobility could shine. But it is still impossible to overlook the risk of injury, so 16 games played seems out of the question.
Prediction: 12 games started, 12 games played, 61% completion percentage, 2,800 passing yards, 400 rushing yards, 26 touchdowns, 11 interceptions.
Mark Eckel of NJ.com seems to think Nick Foles is not a definite to make this roster, and the possibility of Foles being traded before training camp is always out there.
If Foles does remain on the roster, however, he will have his work cut out for him.
Foles, who lacks mobility, will have to prove himself as a more traditional pocket passer in Chip Kelly's offense.
When Vick went down last season, Foles stepped in and didn't necessarily hurt his image or raise his stock. He played very pedestrian football, which can be expected from a rookie QB stepping into a dire situation.
Foles, in seven games last season, completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards. He threw for six touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Arizona product ran for 42 yards on 11 attempts, including four games in which he did not record a single rushing yard.
As previously noted, he is not exactly a speed demon.
Unfortunately for Foles, there is a new rookie quarterback in town who seems poised to steal snaps.
Prediction: 1 game started, 2 games played, 58.5% completion percentage, 275 passing yards, 15 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.
The Eagles selecting Matt Barkley in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft was no accident. They traded up to pick him, a sure sign this was a player they had their eye on.
To be more specific, the "they" in that situation was undoubtedly Chip Kelly.
Kelly looks to have something up his sleeve for Barkley, whether it is for this year, or the future or both.
Why else would the Eagles trade up and draft a quarterback only a year after picking a player of the same position?
When a coach installs a new offensive system, the quarterback is responsible for two main things: learning and executing.
The former of those two aspects comes rather naturally to Barkley, who has been praised for his high football intelligence and game awareness.
Like Foles, though, Barkley's lack of speed and mobility could be a thorn in his side in terms of playing time. Barkley's longest gain on the ground last season at at USC went for a whopping 11 yards.
If Barkley can transition his quick ability to grasp the playbook into physical execution on the field (and in the pocket, specifically), look for him to slide into the backup role in no time.
And that trend should land Barkley a starting job very early into his NFL career.
Prediction: 3 games started, 4 games played, 62.5% completion percentage, 725 passing yards, 5 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns, 4 interceptions.
Dennis Dixon has completed 35-of-59 passes in his NFL career, which began in 2008 and has only consisted of four games played.
While the NFL experience doesn't bode well for Dixon to win the starting job or see a lot of snaps, his collegiate play at Oregon under Chip Kelly will certainly come in handy.
That and his legs, of course.
Dixon's ability to scramble and escape is one thing, but in Kelly's read option, Dixon can make plays with his feet when called upon directly to do so.
In his four NFL games played to date, Dixon has rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown.
While Sean Woods of Philly.com makes the case for Dennis Dixon to start, there is already another QB on the roster with similar attributes but more NFL experience in Michael Vick.
The other two, Foles and Barkley, are better traditional pocket passers than Dixon.
For those reasons, barring injury, Dixon probably won't start any games, but may see some snaps in blowout wins or losses when, or if, active.
Prediction: 0 games started, 1 game played, 45% completion percentage, 60 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception.