The first year in the Chip Kelly era will begin with either Michael Vick, a 12th-year veteran, or Nick Foles, a third-round pick from the 2012 NFL draft, taking snaps at quarterback. Rookie Matt Barkley is the third quarterback in the mix but isn't likely to be taking the snaps in Week 1.
Pros: He all but reinvented the position early in his career with speed, acceleration and a rocket left arm. Much of those athletic abilities still remain. When a play breaks down, few can find space and fling a football quite like he can. His running ability could be very appealing for a run-based, read-option offense like Chip Kelly's.
Cons: Decision-making and accuracy have become serious issues that need be fixed for the Eagles to have a chance. Far too often, his mistakes have been the difference between wins and losses. Injuries are also another red flag, especially for a quarterback who runs around and gets hit as much as he does. His ball security could improve greatly.
Pros: He stands tall in the pocket at 6'5" and 243 pounds. His accuracy in Year 1 finished at nearly 61 percent, which is a solid number for a first-year starter. Flashed the ability to make quick, sound decisions. He certainly could survive in a more up-tempo offense, but it's worth wondering how his athleticism would translate in Kelly's offense. In 2012, he looked more poised and confident at the position than his chief rival this summer.
Cons: His arm is good enough for the NFL, but it's not a defining characteristic for him. Neither is his mobility, or lack there of. There won't be any significant package of read-option plays with him at quarterback.