Naming Dennis Dixon the Favorite to Land Philadelphia Eagles Starting Job Doesn't Seem That Crazy

By Dan Parzych
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The argument can be made that no team has shown more surprises this offseason than the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only did they convince Chip Kelly to leave the Oregon Ducks to come on board as head coach, but the team decided to give Michael Vick one final shot to prove himself at quarterback after many expected the Eagles to part ways with him during the offseason.

Last week, Philadelphia made another surprise move by signing Dennis Dixon to reunite the quarterback with his former college coach. Dixon may not be as experienced as Vick when it comes to starting in the NFL, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kelly ended up going with his former quarterback for Week 1 of the 2013 season.

Despite restructuring a one-year deal, it’s no secret the Eagles only brought Vick back because they’re still unsure about his status for 2013 season and it really wouldn’t be a surprise if they did end up parting ways with him eventually. Vick is coming off his most disappointing season with Philadelphia as he dealt with numerous injuries in 2012 and only appeared in 10 games while throwing for 2,362 yards to go along with just 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

On top of this, Vick has only stayed healthy for an entire season once during his career and will be 33-years-old once the regular season gets under way in September–which is the last thing any team wants to hear about a quarterback that’s already seemed to be on the decline of his career over the last couple of years. Philadelphia knows Kelly’s offense worked best at the college level with a running quarterback and Vick was their best option heading into next season–that is until Dixon came on board.

Dixon made it clear this week that one of the main reasons why he joined Philadelphia was because he was told the starting job at quarterback was up for grabs and there’s no question he’ll do whatever it takes to snag the gig from Vick and Nick Foles. It may sound crazy, but Kelly has seen what Dixon is capable of in his offense based off the time spent together at Oregon and his ability as a running quarterback–so it doesn’t sound crazy to say Dixon may have an extra advantage heading into 2013.

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