October 30, 2011; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) and running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

McCoy’s Endorsement of Vick For QB Not Entirely Meaningless


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Dec 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview with NJ.com, Philadelphia Eagles runningback LeSean McCoy gave his take on who he thought should be taking snaps for the Eagles this season.

“I think Michael Vick is the starting quarterback,” McCoy said. “He’s got a lot to prove this year, but he’s ready to roll. He knows people are questioning if he can get it done, and he’s gonna prove this year he can.”

This is certainly a strong endorsement from one of the Eagles’ best offensive stars. He’s also one who was heavily under-utilized when Andy Reid was head coach. Chip Kelly, of course, assumes that position now.

Regardless of Shady having Vick’s back, there’s only a partial quarterback controversy with the Eagles. Vick will be the starter under Chip Kelly’s offense with Nick Foles and Dennis Dixon as backups. Chip Kelly decided to come to the Eagles in part because of the opportunity to work with Vick as well as the money he’s being paid by Jeff Lurie.

The opportunity to make $33 million over five years will make a lot of people change their location of work.

The reason why there’s a partial quarterback controversy in Philly is because the Eagles’ offensive line is porous. It is not politically correct in NFL circles to say the following thing, but it must be said.

Part of the success of many great NFL quarterbacks can be attributed to their offensive lines. Look at what Tom Brady has to work with in New England as well as Peyton Manning in Denver (and for many years in Indianapolis). This is especially true with immobile quarterbacks like Brady and Manning. Give either of them the Eagles’ O-Line and their touchdowns to interceptions ratio tips in favor of the picks.

Oh, and the amount of times they get sacked goes up too.

Message to Jeffrey Lurie, Chip Kelly, and everyone that is a draft scout for the Eagles…you have enough quarterbacks. You don’t need anymore. Three is enough. You did watch last season right? Even when everyone started to get all over Vick and pine for Foles as QB, Foles wasn’t too productive either. The common denominator was a porous offensive line.

If not every pick for the Eagles when the Draft comes around next month not related to bolstering the offensive line, then there are people there that didn’t watch last year’s Eagles. At that point, the fans ought to be the scouts.

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