Yesterday, Chip Kelly got fairly animated in his press conference when asked about the quarterback situation. He said, “Our mentality is, ‘who are we playing right now?’ And I think it’s a disservice to those other players on our team and it’s a disservice to our fans if I’m thinking about who our quarterback is going to be next year.”
The Philadelphia Eagles are certainly experiencing growing pains in the first year of Kelly’s regime, and some of it lies directly at his feet. This quote illustrates another issue with a rookie head coach. Even if it is just lip service, he is making a mistake if he is not considering the long-term situation at quarterback.
Believe me Chip, fans want to know who is running the offense next year — just check the websites and read the magazines.
The reality is that the franchise quarterback is not on this team right now. Michael Vick may never play again. Nick Foles will start this week and has yet to show any serious, consistent play. Matt Barkley appears to have his best skills at press conferences and not on the field. Kelly is fooling himself if he thinks they can win with this crew.
There are no reasons at this point to not just pick a guy and run with it. Rule Vick out or make him third-string. Let Foles start and Barkley back him up. They need to see what they have, or at least get some trade bait ready for 2014 draft day.
The choice is an important one. This is not a year of 10 wins, nine, eight or seven. This is a year of evaluation and setting the table for the future. Kelly can’t have it both ways, and if he wants to be here long term, he needs one eye on the future. If not, his stay won’t be long enough for the word “future” to come into play.