Jun 17, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley (2) throws the ball during mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Barkley takes on Eagles writer’s claims about arm via Reddit


Matt Barkley, meet the Philadelphia media. On Wednesday, Eagles writer Jimmy Kempski put together some notes from Eagles minicamp and chief among those notes was “major concerns” over Barkley’s arm strength. That little note sparked a war of words via Reddit of all places.

Kempski’s full quote about Barkley’s arm strength was this:

“Matt Barkley’s arm strength is a major concern. He attempted to throw an out route that needed to be driven in there, and his pass lacked any kind of velocity at all. It had far too much air under it, and Curtis Marsh was able to jump in front of the intended receiver for an INT.”

He went on to point out it was just one throw, but then questioned Barkley’s maximum velocity and whether he could stick in the league for long because of just that one throw.

Barkley didn’t take that comment lightly, finding the time to respond to the criticism via the Philadelphia Eagles sub-Reddit on Friday.

The Eagles quarterback in turn questioned Kempski’s football knowledge:

“Easy there Jimmy, you don’t know a thing about that route, the defensive coverage, technique of the wide receiver, the route he was actually running, let alone my maximum velocity arm strength. We can play catch sometime if you want to figure out for yourself how hard I can throw it, just lemme know.”

Kempski responded on the forum, simply stating: “My schedule is open.”

Don’t you just love technology and Reddit war of words?

One thing is for sure, if Barkley wants to stay in Philly, he’s going to have to learn to live with harsh and often-times quick criticism of anything and everything he does.

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  • John Down

    Having followed Sanchez’s career to this date, I wouldn’t give you a plug nickel for a guy with his passer rating and TD/INT ratio. I think the Eagles need to see what they really have in Barkley, so maybe Jimmy Kempski is being prematurely harsh. I think we’ll all know what he can/can’t do by the end of pre-season. Then there’s GJ Kinne who probably won’t get much of a chance to show what he can do as he will likely be matched up with mostly 3rd/4th stringers throughout camp. With all that said, Eagles fans better hope Foles can stay on the field and play well, or it will be a long season for last year’s NFC Least champs.