When Chip Kelly came on board as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles last month, everybody was anxious to see how the college coach would transition to the NFL considering he’s always been known for using a running quarterback in his offense. While Michael Vick recently restructured a one-year deal for one final shot to prove himself as a starting quarterback, it appears Kelly is bringing on one of his former players from the Oregon Ducks for a chance to compete for the job as well–Dennis Dixon.
The Eagles signed Dixon to a two-year deal on Thursday to compete with Vick, Nick Foles, and Trent Edwards heading into the 2013 season. Dixon spent the first four seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Baltimore Ravens last season and it should be interesting to see what type of competition he gives the rest of the quarterbacks on Philadelphia’s roster.
As crazy as it sounds, Dixon may have an advantage compared to the other three quarterbacks considering he’s been successful in Kelly’s offense before and is just the type of player the new head coach would be looking for at quarterback. Everybody will always wonder if Dixon’s draft stock would have been higher in 2008 if it wasn’t for a torn ACL he suffered as a senior as he’s started just three games over his career.
The experience may not be there, but Dixon could easily surprise us all by competing for the Eagles starting job heading into 2013.