I wasn’t thrilled when I saw the PFT story that DeSean Jackson had gone on the NFL Network and talked about wanting to know who would be the QB.
“I have been hearing some things about Vick saying that he wants to know,” Jackson said. “At the same time, the team wants to know too. We need to go into training camp prepared and know who is going to be our starting quarterback.”
Late last night I flipped on the TV in the bedroom. I just wanted some background noise while I brushed my teeth and moved stacks of clean laundry around. There was DeSean, in a bow tie no less, on NFLN. I sat down and watched the interview.
The above comment was said in as passive a way as possible. And it was a couple of minutes into the interview.
Jackson may have used the word “need” but his tone was more along the lines of “we’d like to know who is going to be our QB”.
I don’t blame the players for wanting to know who the QB will be. Players like order. They like stability. A QB battle is tough on them. How do they support both guys? The interaction in the locker room can be awkward. If Jackson is joking around with Vick and they look over and see Jeremy Maclin talking to Nick Foles, does that become us vs them?
No one wants a QB battle.
But this one is needed. Michael Vick can’t be given the job after a crappy 2012 performance. Rookie or not, Nick Foles didn’t exactly look like Dan Marino in his 6 starts. Chip Kelly cannot give the most important job on the team to either player. One of them must win it.
This means that the QB competition will be awkward in the locker room, awkward in media interviews (for coaches and players) and will be subject to much Internet discussion. We’ll argue the merits of each player. We’ll listen to see if Kelly talks more about one player or the other. We’ll over-analyze what players say. And on and on and on. Until there is a winner.
I have no issue with what DeSean said. He wasn’t making any demands on Chip Kelly. Jackson, like all of us, just wants to know who will be the QB.
He wasn’t taking sides. When asked who is winning the battle, Jackson said “I don’t know, it is kind of even.” That’s a very safe, smart answer.
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Does a team need to know who the QB is? We knew Vick was the QB last year. How’d that work out?
The problem isn’t “not knowing”. The problem is that when you usually have a QB battle it is because there is no QB who is so good that he stands out and is a lock to win the job. That means whoever wins the job is going to be a mediocre starter. We saw this from 1995-1998 when Rodney Peete, Ty Detmer, Bobby Hoying and Koy Detmer all fought for the job. Each guy had his moments, but no one was so good that he just locked down the job and kept it.
There is no guarantee we won’t be going through this next summer.
You either have a franchise QB or you don’t. Right now it sure looks a lot more like the Eagles don’t.
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Jimmy Bama and I recorded a new show. We talked about minicamp, players and sconces. Jimmy has sconces. Rich jerk.
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Dan Graziano is the NFC East blogger for ESPN. He had a Twitter chat last night. One fan asked which of the NFC East coaches would be first to retire or get fired. His answer…Chip Kelly.
Tom Coughlin will turn 67 in August.
Jason Garrett works for Jerry Jones, which means he is always a second away from being fired.
Mike Shanahan will turn 61 in August and is entering his 4th year as head of the Skins. He has yet to win a playoff game.
Kelly, meanwhile, is the flavor of the month. The NFL is fascinated by him and his methods. He’s rejuvenated the Eagles franchise and life is pretty good right now. How on Earth could Graziano think he’s the first to go?
Dan’s logic is that the average coach lasts 3.5 years. He thinks Chip will only last 3 years. The biggest reason is the lack of a QB. Dan isn’t impressed by Vick or Foles.
I think Dan is nuts on this issue. I can’t guarantee Kelly will win the big game, but I think he’s going to win enough games to keep his job. The only way he’s fired after 3 years is if he’s Spurrier-esque. I just don’t see that.
Honestly, I think Coughlin and Garrett are gone before Kelly. Shanny is tougher to figure. Landing RG3 was huge for him, but Dan Snyder isn’t patient. Shanny needs that team to do something in the postseason this year or next to stay safe.
I do not think Kelly is a long term guy here. I don’t see him staying for 14 years. But 3? I’ll be shocked if he only lasts 3.