Michael Vick Growing Impatient; Taunts Chip Kelly to Name Philadelphia Eagles Starting QB

By Joe Doris
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Michael Vick has made it clear since the conclusion of the Philadelphia Eagles’ abysmal 4-12 campaign last year that he has endless confidence in his own abilities, and sees no better fit than himself for the Birds’ largely debated starting quarterback spot.

It also looks like Vick is already sick of waiting for youngsters Nick Foles and Matt Barkley to try and swipe his throne, as he has publicly called for new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to make a decision.

“Hopefully, Chip makes a decision before training camp and we won’t have to answer that question,” said Vick in regards to endless probes concerning the Eagles’ quarterback competition.

While I can almost guarantee that Vick will enter the 2013 NFL Season as the Birds’ lead signal-caller, Barkley certainly deserves a good, long look. The rookie fourth-round pick is definitely a raw talent with durability concerns, but he has also shown that he can play at a very high level, and seems to harness some significant NFL potential.

Unfortunately for Foles, he made an awful first impression in six starts as a rookie last season, showing obvious struggles with throwing accuracy and overall professional poise. The term ‘rookie jitters’ is mostly a cop-out in my eyes, and is a lame excuse for a worrisome issue with a high level of pressure. Go ahead and ask Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson or Cam Newton about rookie jitters. As far as they’re concerned, there’s no such thing.

So with Foles all but history in Philly, only Barkley has the chance to win over the Eagles’ coaching staff and stake a claim over Vick on the Eagles’ starting QB spot.

But in reality, Vick has far too much play-making ability to let him sit on the sideline while healthy, so Barkley will have to just wait his turn.


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