The Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback competition remains a mystery. Depending on who you ask, you will get a different answer on who is the favorite to win the job. In the latest bit of speculation, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly believes that Nick Foles has the inside track at earning the starting gig. Mosher also believes that Michael Vick “has the toughest road to the starting job“.
Now, it’s obvious to me that Vick actually has the toughest road to the starting job, more than Foles or Barkley. At 33, which he turned last month, he’s far and away the oldest quarterback on the roster. At more than $7 million this year, he’s also far and away the most expensive. New coaches tend to build their programs around young franchise signal callers, not aging ones whose best days are well behind them.
It also helps that Foles and Barkley are much more salary-cap friendly than Vick. Even if it’s a tie between Vick and Foles or Vick and Barkley as training camp progresses this summer, what impetus would Kelly have to stick with Vick?
You can’t rule Barkley out of winning the starting job either, if he has a solid training camp and preseason performance.
This is going to be one of the most exciting quarterback competitions to watch over the next two months and the decision will go a long way in determining how the Eagles perform in the NFC East this season