The competitors to dethrone Vick at the moment are our two Pac-12 pocket passers, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. Foles showed some promise at the position in place of the oft-injured Vick, but is still an unproven talent under center. Not many expect Barkley to do much besides hold Chip’s index-cards-on-steroids in his rookie season, but he certainly has the talent to develop into a starter down the road. We must remember that he was a potential Heisman candidate until he led a team with enough talent to contend with the Jacksonville Jaguars to a dismal 7-6 finish and an appearance in the lowly Sun Bowl. Still, if he is given time to develop, he could become the best starter from USC since… holy crap is Mark Sanchez the best USC quarterback in the NFL right now?
Can any of us honestly believe that Coach Kelly would honestly start anyone but Vick in the first game? We have to assume the Eagles’ new offense will resemble his offense from Oregon, and that offense always ran at its best when a dual-threat QB was at the helm. Why would Chip start an unproven pocket passer when he has arguably the most experienced dual-threat quarterback in the league? I personally would be shocked to see anyone but Vick under center at the start of the season. No matter what happens, at least we won’t be seeing Mark Sanchez at the helm of our offense, so at least we have that going for us.
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By Steve Rozman
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