Of the seven quarterback competitions that will take place during training camp, Philadelphia’s may be the most intriguing.
What makes the battle between Michael Vick, Matt Barkley, Nick Foles and Dennis Dixon so interesting is how logically each player fits into the job.
Michael Vick is the most physically compatible option for Chip Kelly’s system, based upon his spectacular athleticism. However, the most important component of Kelly’s system is maintaining a high pace and running a flurry of plays. Of the four quarterbacks, Vick is unquestionably the most turnover-prone, which, on principle, puts him at odds with Kelly.
Nick Foles played well last season for a rookie. With another round of minicamps, OTAs, training camp and preseason games under his belt, Foles will certainly be even better in 2013. Only 24 years old, Foles has youth as his advantage and is also the biggest quarterback of the group.
Barkley makes sense as the Eagles starter, considering he is the most accurate of the group, the youngest of the group and, unlike Vick and Foles, was hand-selected by Kelly.
Finally, Dixon, who certainly has the longest odds of the competitors, makes sense as the Eagles starter due to his experience in the system and familiarity with Kelly, who coached him in college.
Kelly’s lips have been shut, so far, on the competition. In fact, Dixon doesn’t expect a winner to be named until after the final preseason game.