Michael Vick Will Start Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Campaign; Matt Barkley Will Finish It

By Joe Doris
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All of the hoopla surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback competition this off-season has been in regards to who will start the 2013 NFL Season behind center.

Well, it seems pretty obvious to me that Michael Vick will get the nod for the simple fact that new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and the Birds’ organization did not bring the vet back on a restructured deal for nothing. Also, backups Nick Foles and Matt Barkley are both late-round, raw talents, and have a great opportunity to develop behind a long-time NFL signal-caller like Vick.

At the same time, if Vick fails to display his usually extraordinary ability, or the Eagles quickly plummet to a sub-.500 record like last season, Kelly should be quick to make a change. Of course, there is also the very real possibility that Vick suffers injury at some point, considering his already worrisome durability has looked to be even more fragile in recent years.

While I do expect the Eagles to improve greatly from their horrendous 4-12 trek in 2012, I still don’t see them reaching the 2013 post-season.

When an organization experiences a face-lift as massive as the Eagles did this year, it typically takes a little bit of time for all of the pieces to fall into place.

Therefore, when Kelly realizes that the 2013 playoffs are out of reach midway through the regular season, I look for him to pull Vick so he can have a good look at his young QBs. If Kelly again chooses to experiment with Foles first, which he shouldn’t, I expect the 2nd-year pro to display inaccuracy, jittery insecurity and a lack of NFL-know-how, just like he did last season.

So, the best bet for Kelly will be to give Barkley, the Eagles’ fourth-round selection in April’s 2013 NFL Draft, a chance to shine once the team’s playoff hopes are out of reach.


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