On the same day that Matt Barkley told 94 WIP that he doesn’t plan on being a backup for the Eagkes, Barkley didn’t exactly light it up in practice.
Matt Barkley is 0 for his last 10 passing. #Eagles
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 31, 2013
Barkley did mention on his interview on WIP this morning that he isn’t an expert on the offense and he is still getting used to running Chip Kelly’s system.
“I’m still on the learning curve, to where I kind of have more questions than answers with the offense.”
But Barkley believes that as camp progresses, so will his knowledge of the offense and with that, his performance.
“But I think at the end of camp, no doubt, it will be the opposite to where I can provide those answers and provide options for change if necessary.”
I think if we are being fair with Barkley we need to actually look at his quote about not wanting to be a backup.
“That’s not a plan to be a backup,” Barkley said. “I don’t think that ever should be your goal. Sometimes it may work out that way, but it doesn’t mean I’m not going to have that goal to be on the field.”
It’s great to be able to make a headline with “the plan isn’t to be a backup”, but what else is Barkley going to say? It’s pretty difficult for a guy who a year ago had Heisman expectations to motivate himself to be a third-string quarterback. So instead, Barkley has worked hard with the idea that he is technically competing for the starting job, and even if he doesn’t win the job, he is setting himself up to compete for the job long-term.