The Eagles just signed QB Dennis Dixon to a 2-year deal. He was on the Ravens practice squad this year. Most football experts (me, Dixon, and his agent) think that Dixon was the real key to the Ravens winning the Super Bowl. What a glorious move.
Okay, hyperbole aside, this is a good move. Dixon may turn out to be a good backup or he may fail miserably. I do think his best chance at success is playing in the Chip Kelly system. He’s cheap, has plenty of tread on the tire, and is still physically gifted. Why not roll the dice and see if he can succeed here? The key is to keep expectations realistic. Don’t expect him to become a starter. While that is possible, it would be a shocker. He’s been in the league since 2008 and has barely played. It isn’t likely that he’s suddenly going to look great. Just seeing him play well enough to earn a reserve role would be pretty cool. Trent Edwards was fine in the WCO, but is not a good fit for Kelly’s system. Someone has to be the #3 QB.
Don’t read into this move. It doesn’t mean the Eagles won’t still draft a QB. It doesn’t mean that Foles is irrelevant due to his lack of athleticism. This is just a low-risk move where you can add a QB who played for the coach and remains somewhat friendly with him. Dixon regularly went back to Oregon. He and Chip only were together for one season, but they have spent time together since then. Dixon can also help the current players learn Kelly’s system. We know Chip has told his Oregon coaches to help the NFL guys figure out what he wants. Dixon can do that with the players.
Not a huge move or anything to go crazy for, but smart.
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For PE.com, I wrote about Michael Vick playing for Chip Kelly and what Vick needs to do in order to succeed. I think the most important thing for Michael is having some thick skin. Chip is going to push his players. Andy Reid was gentler. Chip is going to push some buttons and hold the players accountable. Ex-Kelly QBs still talk about how hard he could be on them. If Vick can handle the coaching and responds well, it will help his game a lot.
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Les Bowen wrote a piece yesterday on the Vick-Foles situation. He’s not a fan of keeping Vick.
Both pieces are worth a read.
I know many of you miss Derek’s ability to use numbers and graphs. The guy over at Eagles Rewind did a Derek-ian post on the importance of good QB play, which fed off some comments I made yesterday. He’s got fancier visual aids than I ever will.
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Some people want the Eagles to take QB Geno Smith with the #4 pick. Others want the 2nd rounder to get Ryan Nassib or EJ Manuel. Be wary of the 2013 QB class. I wrote a piece on their failure to be special in college and how that doesn’t bode well for them in the NFL.
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One interesting aspect to having Chip Kelly as the HC will be his ties to the college players. DE Bjoern Werner and DT Star Lotulelei are both projected to be Top 10 picks. Werner was a star at Florida State. Lotulelei went to Utah. Both strongly considered going to Oregon.
Star’s journey to Utah – video.