The biggest roster decision Chip Kelly will make in his first season as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles is at the quarterback position. The question is, who will he ultimately choose to run his offense?
Naturally, the first question to ask is what kind of offense he will run and what characteristics he is looking for in a quarterback. Kelly’s offense at Oregon was mainly a combination of read-option spread along with a fast-paced tempo (hurry-up).
His quarterbacks were mostly the athletic type, i.e., guys who can run or at least pose the threat of running. He has stated that he doesn’t necessarily need a mobile quarterback because he can, and would, tailor his offense to match the strength of his personnel.
That’s all fine and dandy, and, that’s what he should be saying. However, in all reality he will want to have a mobile QB who, at the least, presents the threat of running the ball if they’re running a read-option offense.
And depending on the actual running capabilitie...