As Eagles fans have looked around the NFL landscape for a Quarterback who appears to have any past history that would demonstrate that player to be a fit in a Chip Kelly offense, they struggled to find any real names.
Today Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly gave us a name of a player who has had success in Kelly’s system, and is likely to join the Birds-Dennis Dixon.
The former Oregon star, Mosher says, will likely sign with the Eagles relatively soon after the Super Bowl. The Eagles would not have to wait for free-agency to pick up Dixon because he is currently on the Ravens practice squad, not their actual roster. The Eagles should be able to pick Dixon up without problems, because it is unlikely they will have competition for Dixon. If other teams were interested in Dixon, he wouldn’t be on the Ravens practice squad.
Mosher does add that NFL scouts believe that in his few starts with Pittsburgh, the Steelers did not set Dixon up to be successful, and that the scouts believe Dixon could thrive in Kelly’s system.
As for what it means to the Eagles, the idea that Dixon will be the starter coming into 2013 seems comical. Dixon will likely make the roster as a backup because no matter what variations Chip Kelly makes to his offense, Dixon will still be most familiar and comfortable in the system. So not only does Dixon provide leadership and knowledge of the system to whoever is the starter, but he could be used in packages if Chip Kelly decides to get creative in 2013. And the Eagles didn’t hire Chip Kelly because he lacked creativity.