Personally I think Chip Kelly is playing mind games with Mike Vick, trying to inspire Mike to put all his eggs into a total basket of winning football in 2013…
I think Kelly wants Vick to feel the doubt and the "try-out" angst of having to make a football team again…perhaps for the first time since Mike was in junior high school.
How else would you explain why Vick is still not assured the QB#1 slot on the varsity going into July training camp?
Mark Eckel of the New Jersey Times gives us an on-field look st the situation from the final day of Eagles minicamp—-
"Veteran four-time Pro bowl quarterback Mike Vick acknowledged Thursday at the final day of the team’s minicamp that he’s not exactly thrilled with splitting time with second-year man Nick Foles and rookie Matt Barkley, as the trio battle for the starting job. "
“It’s tough,” Vick said after the final minicamp practice at the NovaCare Complex. “I have to continue to be a professional and put my feelings and emotions to the side, and just continue to compete."
“But it’s hard. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t, but that’s just what I have to deal with, and I’m going to keep dealing with it until I see otherwise.”"
Vick knows that new head coach Chip Kelly may not name his starter until a few weeks into training camp, or even later. He said he hasn’t gone to Kelly to complain or to ask when that time will come.
“We haven’t talked about it yet,” Vick said, with “yet” being the key word in the sentence. “Coach knows exactly what he’s doing. We don’t question him, he don’t question us. We just listen.”
Vick later told CSNPhilly.com that he really hoped a starter will be named before camp opens for veterans July 26.
“Hopefully, Chip makes a decision before training camp, and we won’t have to answer that question,” Vick told CSN, “so we can go out there as quarterbacks and just focus on this season and not answer questions about competition every day.”
• What did Kelly think about his team before he saw them in full for the first time?
“I didn’t have any expectations going in,” Kelly said. “The one thing I said yesterday and I’ll say it again today is we wanted to improve and I’ve felt like we’ve improved every day out here.”
Kelly won’t see his full squad again until July 25, when the full team reports to training camp back at NovaCare. The first full practice is July 26.
“It’s on them, in terms of what they do in the summertime in terms of coming back when we see them in July, and we’ll know,” Kelly said. “That’s the great thing about this sport — you can’t fake football. So if you didn’t do any work from the time you left here on June 6 and then show up here on July 25, we’ll know. Because your body will tell you what you can do. You can’t just take time off. I think our strength coaches have a good plan that they put together and they’ll present to them. Then it’s up to them.”
Kelly said he likes the way his team is learning. He does not, however, judge them on where they are at a current point in time.
“I never looked at it that way,” Kelly said. “We don’t have any, ‘Hey we need to get to this point.’ I teach teams different that I coach. Some teams grow in different ways, but the one thing they have done and the challenge we have had was they have gotten better every single day.
“They are real inquisitive. They ask a lot of questions, they really take this seriously. It is real important to them. They have been great in the meeting rooms, they have been great in the walkthroughs, and they have been great in practice. For us right now, it is just constant improvement, and that’s what we have seen from them, and that’s what we want out of them, and that will continue to be that way. You never arrive in this game, so if you think you arrive, you are going to get passed quickly.”
• Third-round draft pick Bennie Logan, a defensive tackle from LSU, came to terms on a four-year deal yesterday, leaving just first-round pick Lane Johnson and fourth-round pick Matt Barkley unsigned.
Logan, 6-foot-2, 309 pounds, is expected to be used in a rotation along the defensive line this season. At LSU, in 30 games he recorded 107 tackles, 12½ for a loss and five sacks.
Contact Mark Eckel at email@example.com
P.S.– Just for the heck of it, for those of you (and me) who really miss the sound of Merrill Reese's voice calling the Eagles' games on radio, I thought you might like to get a glimpse of what Reese looks like: