Chip Kelly’s Non-Decision at Quarterback Could Spell Failure from Beginning for Philadelphia Eagles

By Bob Francis
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Since day one as the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Chip Kelly has made it clear that he is going to do things his way.

The sound of loud music blasting at summer workouts, the health shakes for players exiting the field, and finally the Kelly proclaimed “quarterback competition” which will decide the starter for the upcoming season. His stamp is all over the “new” Eagles.

Much of it seems like a smokescreen, a show, but is competition at the quarterback position really the best option for Chip and the Eagles?

His merits and vigor are commendable, but this is not Oregon; this is not college, and Philadelphia is definitely not the best place to begin by testing the water. Chip is playing with fire in a city where mediocrity has never cut it.

It would seem that the longer his decision drags on, the more chance there is for division inside an already shaky locker room. Without a decision, it’s as if Kelly is setting up yet another hurdle for a team trying to rebuild and recover from an embarrassing, last in the NFC East, 4-12 season. The longer the so called “competition” goes on, the more chance that players in the locker room will begin to choose sides and make the decision themselves.

Allowing this to happen, for the competition to carry on too long, could spell disaster for Kelly and the Eagles on his maiden voyage in the NFL before it even begins. A decision needs to be made before training camp for the good of the city, the team and the season.

Bob Francis is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for  Follow him on Twitter @rfrancisjr, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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