The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback situation is heating up. We are still uncertain of who will be the Eagles starting quarterback, and we definitely won’t know for a while.
Chip Kelly spoke to reporters about naming the Eagles starter and said this,
If someone said, ‘Hey, we have to play a game tomorrow, we have to make a decision’ but we don’t have to play a game tomorrow. We have until September 9th, so we’ll see how it works itself out. But as I’ve said before with a big decision like that, you want to make sure you take the whole body of work into consideration. If in practice number 3 they have a bad practice, do they come back in practice number 4 and bounce back pretty good? Or have you made your decision after practice three? We’re not forced to make a decision soon, and I don’t think the positives of making an early decision outweigh making sure we make the right decision. Best part about it is we have to make a decision. We can’t call a timeout and say we’re not ready. We’re going to have to name a starter at some point in time. That’s why I think it would be unfair right now, because there hasn’t been enough situations to evaluate. Everywhere I’ve been it’s played itself out on the field. Does that mean it’s going to happen here? I don’t know. But I’ve never been in a situation where we’ve had to make a decision and it’s like 50-50, pick it out of a hat. Somebody over the course of time has stepped up and has won the battle. That’s what you’re hoping to have happen again here, and hopefully it’s evident to everybody, like, there is no question that it’s this guy because his game stepped up.
Pat Shurmur, the birds offensive coordinator, said,
Well, we’d like to hope it’s going to be very obvious who the starter is. We’ve got a lot of training sessions left, we’ve got a full preseason, four preseason games, and I think as we go through it and you add more and more to what we’re doing, we’re hopeful that it’ll be obvious to everyone who the starter is.
Bill Lazor, the Eagles quarterbacks coach, said,
It’s not my decision ultimately, but it’s always best when it plays out on the field. So when it plays out on the field, everyone sees it. Not everyone always agrees, but it plays out, it plays out. If it doesn’t play out clearly, then someone has to make a hard decision.
I really like the fact that Chip Kelly is taking his time. Of course Michael Vick wants to know who will be named the starter right now, but I wouldn’t want to see coach Kelly rush, and end up not making the right decision. It’s better to take your time and evaluate because you have a much better chance at naming the better starter. Coach Chip Kelly knows what he’s doing, and I’m loving that.