The Eagle quarterbacks are in a heated competition. Every day they attend practice as they do each year. But this year, fans and media are noticing every pass completion, every overthrown ball. Reports of who started which training session with the first team, the number of snaps, the number of completions are all analyzed and assessed to give us some indication who Chip Kelly will be selecting from the group.
Clearly, recent events and the leadership role seem to have placed Vick into the lead to get the starting nod, but this is a new year and a new head coach. Chip assures us that the winner will be obvious by the time the season starts, and he’s likely correct. In fact, it feels as though competition of this nature just doesn’t happen at the NFL level.
Oh, but it does. Not more than one year ago, a third round quarterback by the name of Russell Wilson entered a quarterback competition for the Seattle Seahawks. His competition at the time was Tarvaris Jackson, and Matt Flynn, who many expected to get the starting job due to signing a lucrative contract that season to play in Seattle. During the same time last year, many experts were critical of the process, and were not giving the Seattle Seahawks much chance of success with such a huge role in question throughout the preseason.
Upon the decision to start Russell Wilson, the Seahawks simply went on to have one of their better years in recent history. They defeated the Washington Redskins on the road in their first playoff game, but lost a close road game the following week to the Atlanta Falcons.
Many are critical of the way this is being handled in Philadelphia. But they quickly have forgotten that patience and competition can pay off huge dividends.
Written by: @milroyigglesfan