Chip Kelly not rushing to pick a starting quarterback

One thing Chip Kelly is not going to rush into is a decision at his quarterback position.

Kelly made that clear this week. But logically it is a decision he would like to complete prior to opening training camp – or at the very latest early in camp.

Why do we need to name a starting quarterback in May?” Kelly said, according to Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Times. “We’re going to take the full amount of time that we have to make a thorough evaluation of what we do. When you make big decisions like that, I don’t think you want to make a rash decision. You want to give everybody the opportunity to see what they do.”

The Eagles are evaluating Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon and rookie Matt Barkley. Conventional thinking is Vick will open the season as the starter but that’s not a given. Vick and Foles have gotten the first-team reps when media has been allowed to watch practice.

“We haven’t done anything except we’ve had three days of voluntary mini-camp before the draft, and today was our seventh OTA,” Kelly said. “So none of us have had any thoughts of, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get a guy named by a certain point in time.’ It will play itself out. It will play itself out over the course of time when we’ve had an opportunity to make a thorough evaluation.

“It is a big decision. When you make a big decision, you have to take your time and let it play itself out on the field.”

If the Eagles let it play out too long in training camp, they will reduce the amount of time the starters have to get ready and possibly wind up with a divided locker room. We’ll see if Kelly has a different answer in a couple weeks.

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