Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/30/13
It’s all about competition now for Eagles coach Chip Kelly and his quarterbacks, but at some point someone has to take the lead. While that process has been going on for a month, the competition level was raised when the team drafted USC QB Matt Barkley. However, Kelly want his starting quarterback to earn the role, even if that means a starter won’t be named until preseason. He feels if a players psyche is so delicate that they need the title of ‘starter’ to function, they might not be the right guy for the job. Kelly spoke to Philadelphia’s WIP with Angelo Cataldi about the quarterback competition, and what it will take to win the job. “Well right now it is because we are still in April heading into May. So we’ll continue to just get everyone reps and as they get reps, they get more familiar and comfortable with the system and then obviously as we get moving into August, you start to kind of pair it down. It becomes a two-horse race and those guys are getting more snaps than the others guys and you kind of pair it down. At this point in time, we’re just trying to get everybody up to speed in terms of how we’re doing things. If you have anyone that’s worth anything at that position, they want competition. They relish competition and they are excited about it. If you have somebody whose ego is so fragile that well I wasn’t named the starter in April, well then how the heck are they going to play in front of our fans? I mean if they can’t handle not being named the guy in April, then what are they going to do when things go wrong in September and you throw an interception and the crowd is booing at you? Are they going to go fold and not be the guy that everybody looks to when things aren’t going well? So the competition part of it, we’re excited about it. We’re excited in the fact that we believe we have a couple of guys that I think can play for us and the best guy is going to win.”  
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