Michael Vick‘s hamstring is still nagging. Nick Foles is fresh off of a concussion that could sideline him a few weeks. It looks very much like Matt Barkley could get his first professional start for the Philadelphia Eagles against the divisional rival New York Giants.
Barkley came on in spot duty and really struggled on Sunday, throwing three interceptions. People forget he also moved the offense much more effectively than Foles. Regardless of his success or failure, it was a lose-lose situation for Barkley. He was thrown in there cold with no first-team reps during the week and was expected to throw every down with the Eagles down two scores.
I struggle to think of any quarterback, rookie or veteran alike, that would have much success in that situation.
If Barkley is the guy on Sunday, he will have a whole week to prepare for the Giants and their defense. Barkley is a young man with a high football IQ, with preparation as a strong suit for him. This will be a big advantage for him on the football field Sunday.
People love to make final conclusions about quarterbacks after one game, whether they are great or bad, but that isn’t fair. While some rookies come in right away and light up the football world, the norm is that it takes time and young quarterbacks usually take their lumps. If Barkley is the man, we will see how he performs given a week to prepare for the opponent. The Eagles could be looking at their future at QB — or not. The picture may become clearer after Sunday.