What Chip Kelly Doesnt Mean for Eagles Quarterback Situation

What Chip Kelly Doesnt Mean for Eagles Quarterback Situation

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We’ll be getting to know/dissecting the Chip Kelly hiring
for days, weeks, months, and years, but what immediately jumps out at everybody
is this spread offense he ran at Oregon. More specifically, if the new head
coach of the Philadelphia Eagles plans on implementing that system here, who
will be his field general?

It’s highly debatable whether that exact scheme is coming to
Philly, but let’s say the Eagles’ offense will be heavily reliant on the spread
like many seem to expect. Let’s look at a few of the shall we say myths about
how different players might or might not fit into the quarterback situation.

It doesn’t mean
Michael Vick is coming back

There are two major impediments to Vick returning for another
season in midnight green. Number one, Vick is owed a base salary of $16.5
million in 2013, which is an outrageous sum for an erratic quarterback that can’t
stay healthy. Translation: the Eagles don’t want to pay that. The problem is
Vick doesn’t want to renegotiate, either. Now it’s possible he realizes his
last best shot is under Chip and swallows his pride on financials, but there is
no indication that might be the case so far.

And that might not even be the biggest problem. When people
talk about Kelly’s philosophies, one of the first things that always comes up
is the man hates turnovers. Well, he’s an offensive-minded football coach, so
of course he would, but I mean really
hates them. At no point in Vick’s 10-year NFL career has he discovered a magic
elixir for his penchant for giveaways, and at age 33, I doubt he suddenly would
now.

One more thing: if Vick is presumed to be a fit for Kelly’s
offense because he’s mobile, ask yourself if he really makes sense in a system
that exposes him to even more hits.

It doesn’t mean the
Eagles will draft Geno Smith

So then the Eagles need a quarterback to operate Kelly’s
read-option offense, they have the fourth-overall pick in April’s draft, and
Geno Smith is the highest-rated quarterback according to many rankings. Sounds
like a match made in heaven, right?

Apparently a lot of folks don’t realize that Smith is a
pocket passer, and by that I mean he is not fast. I assume he has a reputation
for being an athletic quarterback because he’s black, but that’s simply not the
case. Smith might be closer to Nick Foles in terms of pure speed than he is
Robert Griffin, Russell Wilson, or Colin Kapernick. Plus, there is a chance he won't even be available by the time the Birds are on the clock.

That doesn’t mean the Eagles don’t like Smith, either, but
it wouldn’t have anything to do with his mobility – or lack thereof in this
case. However, it’s worth noting that many experts don’t think there is a QB
worthy of a high first-round pick.

It doesn’t mean Nick
Foles is out of the picture

Did you know that the New England Patriots are running
aspects of the spread offense with Tom Brady? The notion that mobility under
center is a must in this scheme is entirely false. True, the zone-read running
play that Oregon’s offense is based off of requires the quarterback to become a
ball carrier from time to time, but that’s what they do at Oregon. There are
other elements to the system that translate at the NFL level, and will suit a
pocket passer such as Foles just fine.

In fact, it may surprise you to learn Chip really likes
Foles having seen a lot of him in the Pac-12. Here’s what he had to say about
the Eagles’ second-year quarterback in 2011:

“I’ll tell you what; I’m glad Nick Foles is graduating,”
Oregon coach Chip Kelly said after his team’s 56-31 victory Saturday night.

“I catch myself watching him in awe sometimes. … Nick is a
hell of a football player. That kid’s a warrior. He’s as good as anyone in the
country.”

Foles is not out of the picture yet, and I would still be
surprised if he is not the starting quarterback in 2013. After you consider all
the angles, who else is there?

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Best of NBA: Harden's 38-points fuels Rockets past Bucks

Best of NBA: Harden's 38-points fuels Rockets past Bucks

HOUSTON -- James Harden had 38 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-92 on Wednesday night.

Harden drilled a straightaway 3-pointer with six minutes left to give Houston a 13-point lead and shimmied his shoulders down the court in a celebratory dance as the Bucks called timeout.

After losing three of four, the Rockets regained their form while improving to 17-4 at home this season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks for Milwaukee (see full recap).

Rose powers slumping Knicks past Celtics 117-106
BOSTON -- Derrick Rose matched his season high with 30 points, and the slumping New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 117-106 on Wednesday night.

New York played without injured starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez each scored 17 points to help make up for their absence. It was just the third win in 14 games for the Knicks.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 39 points, his 13th time this season with 30 or more points. Jae Crowder added 21 for the Celtics, who lost for only the fourth time in 17 games.

Al Horford, Boston's big free-agent acquisition during the summer, had five points on 2-of-14 shooting. He was 1 for 8 on 3-point attempts.

Boston closed to 97-96 on Jaylen Brown's two free throws with just under eight minutes to play, but Justin Holiday and Courtney Lee nailed 3-pointers 29 seconds apart, pushing New York's lead back to seven. Rose then capped an 8-0 spree by putting in his own miss after Thomas missed a jumper -- his seventh straight shot that was off (see full recap).

Home cooking: Wiz top Grizz 104-101, 13th win in row in DC
WASHINGTON -- A vastly different team at home, the Wizards won their 13th consecutive game in Washington by edging the Memphis Grizzlies 104-101 Wednesday night behind two late layups from John Wall, who finished with 25 points and 13 assists.

James Ennis III missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer for Memphis.

The Wizards are just 4-13 on the road but now 18-6 at home, where they've compiled their longest winning streak since a 15-game run in the 1988-89 season.

Washington never trailed and led by as many as 19 points in the first half, then held on after a 10-0 run by Memphis made it a two-point game with 2 1/2 minutes left. That's when Wall took over, scoring on consecutive drives (see full recap).

Walker, Hibbert lead Hornets past Blazers 107-85
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Roy Hibbert provided a huge boost off the bench, and the Charlotte Hornets stopped a five-game slide with a 107-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Hornets, who limited the Trail Blazers to 35 percent shooting and snapped an eight-game streak of allowing at least 100 points. But it was the 7-foot-2 Hibbert who stole the show.

Hibbert, who came in averaging 5.2 points per game, had a season-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

Damian Lillard scored 21 points and C.J. McCollum had 18 for Portland, which has lost three straight and 16 of 22 since Dec. 5 (see full recap).

Penn State falls to Indiana, 78-75, on buzzer 3-pointer

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Penn State falls to Indiana, 78-75, on buzzer 3-pointer

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Shep Garner gathered his teammates along Penn State's bench to remind them they needed one more stop to head to overtime.

Indiana's James Blackmon was ready to head home, however.

Blackmon took an in-bounds pass with less than five seconds to go, sprinted down the court and drained a 3-pointer to lift the Hoosiers to a 78-75 win over Penn State on Wednesday night.

Blackmon, Thomas Bryant and Robert Johnson all scored 17 points for the Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) who survived a late Penn State rally.

"They definitely grew up," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "It wasn't easy, but they definitely earned the victory. It would've been a shame if they hadn't gotten this win because they earned it."

Tony Carr scored a career-best 24 points and Garner added 15 for the Nittany Lions (11-8, 3-3) who trailed by 14 with 9:19 left. Garner brought Penn State within striking distance with a 3-pointer that cut it to 75-73 with 39 seconds to play.

It was the second straight win for the Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) who took control by halftime and led the entire second half until a pair of Lamar Stevens free throws tied the game with less than five seconds left.

"I'm really proud of the kids, the way they fought back," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "I felt like Penn State really hurt Penn State tonight, missed layups, little things. If we shoot better from the free-throw line, maybe the outcome's different."

Memories of Watford
There's a good reason Blackmon's shot was strikingly similar to the one Christian Watford sank at the buzzer to beat then-No. 1 Kentucky in 2011.

"It was the same play-call," Crean said. "But we got open differently. Usually we run off a screen but in this case we knew they'd switch it so James did a great job of setting it up."

Penn State coaches and players knew they'd have to defend a similar play, Chambers made note of it in his scouting report, but Blackmon was able to slip past Josh Reaves at midcourt and pull up over Julian Moore to hit the winning basket.

Rim un-protected
Indiana didn't have as big of a challenge on the glass with Penn State's designated rim-protector Mike Watkins in early foul trouble. Penn State's leading rebounder played just 13 minutes and finished with no rebounds.

The Hoosiers won the battle on the glass 37-33 and Penn State made just 21 of 31 free throws.

Hurt Hoosier
Indiana lost OG Anunoby on the final play of the first half to a right knee injury. The sophomore forward came down after battling for an offensive rebound and crumpled to the floor where he clutched at his right knee before trainers helped him slowly to the locker room. He did not return.

Anunoby started eight games and was tied for sixth in the Big Ten with 1.4 steals per game.

Crean said Anunoby would be evaluated when the team returned to Bloomington.

The big picture
Indiana: The Hoosiers entered Wednesday's game having lost five of their last eight. They'll have a chance to gain momentum with four of their next five against middle-of-the-pack Big Ten foes before a trip to Madison to take on No. 17 Wisconsin on Feb. 5.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions' inability to put a full game together has to be grating on coach Patrick Chambers. Even in their last win against No. 24 Minnesota, the Nittany Lions were out of sorts early before a late rally paid off. They were competitive early and late in this one but sluggish and mistake-prone midway through when Indiana took over.

Up next
Indiana hosts Michigan State on Saturday.

Penn State plays at No. 22 Purdue on Saturday