The best addition to the Eagles' roster might have already signed there, less than a month before free agency started. When Dennis Dixon signed a two year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the final nail was put in position above the coffin that is Vick’s time in Philadelphia. If Dixon can wrangle the starting job away from Vick - and don’t be surprised if he does - consider that nail hammered.
Speaking on a conference call Dixon said that from his understanding the job is open. From my understanding and the many dynamics surrounding the quarterback position in Philadelphia, I can’t see why not. The expected starter Michael Vick had to restructure his one year deal to stay in town after losing his job to Nick Foles last season. It’s only a matter of time before he gets hurt next season and if not that continues to struggle with ball security. Whatever the case he won’t start 16 games. That much is a given. Foles impressed at times last season, but struggled with consistency. He also isn’t the ideal quarterback for Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense.
Then you have Dennis Dixon. His NFL career isn’t all that telling of his ability. Hard to gauge his ability to perform in the NFL on 3 starts. That being said he only lost one game and that was in overtime to the Baltimore Ravens. Hardly a pushover. In his 3 professional starts Dixon went 35 of 59 for 402 yards with only one touchdown and 2 interceptions. That was playing in Pittsburgh, and despite the fact that Roethlisberger is a scrambling quarterback (by necessity) their offense is hardly tailor made to Dixon’s abilities.
Chip Kelly’s offense however couldn’t suit them any better. Dixon’s final year with the Oregon Ducks was Kelly’s first with the team. What those two did together in their only year together was nothing short of magical. Dixon turned what was looking like a subpar college legacy into one Ducks fans will not soon forget. Together their offense led the Pac-10 in scoring at over 38 points per game and total yardage at 467.54 yards per game. They also set school records in yards and scoring that season as well. Dixon would become the Pac-10 offensive player of the year and was considered for the Heisman.
Many will tell you Dixon was brought in to help Vick learn Kelly’s intricate offense and push him with an outside chance at the starting job. They couldn’t be more wrong. Even if Dixon doesn’t win the job in training camp don’t count him out. Vick will cough up the ball. Vick will (I certainly hope not, but it’s more than likely) get hurt. Dixon will get his opportunity at some point.
One of the most attractive prospects of coaching in Philadelphia was the amount of control they were willing to give Kelly. Something tells me his urgency in bringing Dixon on board has more to do with Kelly seeing something the rest of the league hasn’t yet. At 28 years old, Dixon finally has a chance to start. Better late than never.
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