Chip Kelley is firmly entrenched as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. One of his first moves was to sign QB Dennis Dixon, his former star playmaker at Oregon. If Dennis Dixon is correct, he will be in competition with Michael Vick for the starting job.
Michael Vick, playing on a recently restructured contract, is still the favorite to win the job. Don’t discount new recruit Dixon though. He’s younger than Vick and has a similar athletic skill set.
The signing of Dennis Dixon hints that Chip Kelly plans to use the same kind of read/option offense he used at Oregon in the NFL. Dixon, Oregon’s former starting QB, has spent most of his time in the NFL as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup in Pittsburgh.
On a conference call Monday, Dixon sounded pretty confidant the starting job was up for grabs:
“From my understanding, the job is open. It’s going to be a very competitive nature around here. It’s pretty much open. May the best man win.”
Money talks though, and even on a restructured contract Michael Vick will earn $7 million next season.
Last season in Seattle, rookie Russell Wilson beat out high paid veteran Matt Fynn for the starting job. A true open competition like the one in Seattle is rare though. In most cases it takes an injury to the starter, like the concussion to Alex Smith in San Francisco, for the backup to prove their worth.
Do you think Dennis Dixon is right about their being an open competition for the starting QB job in Philadelphia? Do you think he should be the Eagles starting QB?