Twitter Mailbag: Is There A Lack Of Unity Under Chip Kelly?

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From @Mikeaka: With the recent comments by Jackson & tweets by Weaver, do you give any credence to the notion of a lack of unity on the team?

I don’t.

I recently wrote about the difficulty of holding a quarterback competition that involves Michael Vick. When you have a player that answers questions candidly based off his emotions in the moment, there are going to be some quotes that open the door to a QB controversy. We are already seeing evidence of that. DeSean Jackson caught wind of Vick’s comments about wanting to have a starter named before training camp and echoed the sentiment on national television. If Vick wasn’t so honest, he never makes the comments in the first place. Then Jackson has nothing to react to. Instead, there is now a perception that some veterans are trying to force Chip Kelly‘s hand and are not buying into the program.

I believe most of the players recognize that the QB race is way too close to call right now, and that it would be premature to name a starter before Vick and Nick Foles have a chance to compete in training camp and in preseason games.

Those that feel differently really have no choice but to accept Kelly’s decision. Vick is on a one-year deal and Jackson is in a virtual contract year, as we have explained before. It makes no sense for either of them — or any player on the team for that matter — to show defiance. This is a new coach with new methods, and he will keep around only those that buy in.

Despite the recent comments, the sense internally is that the vets are on board.

From @seaneham73: my kid wants to know who the fastest player on the Eagles is??????

Are you sure they’re not just setting you up for a Jason Peters joke?

Vick was asked if he was the fastest player on the team the other day and he said no, but that he was in the top 5. Tell the kids I would put my money on Jackson. After that, tough to say. Maybe Damaris Johnson,  Bryce Brown and Brandon Boykin would round out the top 5 with Vick and Jackson. (Am I missing anyone?)

From @dwr8810: Is there anything in Vick’s contract that if he’s named starter he gets $ added to it?

Not exactly, but there is language in the contract that gives him money based on playing time. PFT has the breakdown.

He gets $31,250 for each game he’s on the 53-man roster.  Vick gets another $1.5 million if he participates in 90 percent of the offensive snaps, and $1 million if the Eagles win the Super Bowl (and if he plays in it).

The play-time incentive has lower levels, with $1.2 available if he participates in 80 percent of the snaps, $900,000 if Vick participates in 70 percent of the snaps, $700,000 for 60 percent of the snaps, and $500,000 for 50 percent.

Vick received a $3.5 million signing bonus and his base salary for 2013 is an additional $3.5. He can make a total of $10 million if he hits all of the incentives.

From @James_Fayleez: When will the #Eagles name a starting QB? (trying to plan my vacation)

Based on his experience at Oregon, Dennis Dixon thinks we’ll go the whole summer without an answer.

“A couple days before [the first game],” said Dixon. “That’s what Chip Kelly is. Throughout training camp, throughout everything, throughout preseason games, you won’t know until September 9 comes.”

Vacation away.

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  • If Vick hits all his all those incentives, I’ll pay him the $10 million myself.

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      You must love the sound of your own typing. Meaning is irrelevant

      • Awe, thanks for noticing. I just got a new keyboard from Best Buy.

      • Richard Colton

        As a Vick supporter, you don’t think he can hit those incentives? 90% of the offensive snaps? All he has to do is beat out Foles and Barkley and not get hurt. Right?

        Or did the cold hard wind of reality finally smack you in the face? I have as good a chance at playing 90% of the snaps as Vick does.

        • Paul Dickens

          Well I think the one that will be really hard to reach is winning the super bowl lol

    • Rick H

      As soon as I read that Adam I laughed out loud! Very funny! I would chip in too! However I think Foles is the guy but before anybody goes crazy I am just a fan that guessing like everyone else. In the end I think Barkley could ultimately be the guy next year depending on the success or lack thereof Foles. Don’t you wish the Eagles would pay us for all our emotionally invested time? I have 51 years in as an loyal Eagles fan.

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  • jabostick

    I saw the heading and could only think of this:

  • GEagle

    He got 3.5 to push Foles in camp for a few months lol..not a bad 4 months of work

  • theycallmerob

    TMac, do Bryce and Damaris really look faster than Maclin to you?

    At least according to google, Maclin= 4.45, Johnson=4.52, and Brown=4.49. My untrained eye agrees

    • MattO

      Yeah Maclin is faster than Brown and Johnson. Nick Miller ran a 4.37 which should put him up for consideration. Brandon Hughes also had a 4.40 which puts him right up there. My guess for top 5 fastest are:

      Jackson, Vick, Miller, Hughes, Whitley

    • TMcManus247

      Yep, Maclin would be in the running as well. Chip should line them up at the beginning of camp and settle this once and for all.

  • GEagle

    I don’t want this comment misconstrued to sound like I’m ready to get rid of all our best players..but I will say Shady, Desean, Peters and Vick all leave much to be desired in terms of leadership(only one I’m ready to move away from his the QB who likes to tell everyone how fast he is)..What Peters did IMO was No big deal but it was bad because it came from our best player. he has to set an example better than getting arrested the first week of his vacation..What Desean said, is no big deal but it’s not what we need when we have a new coach who has to deal with the college coach stigma…None of these incidents are so bad that something drastic needs to be done right now, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to NOT get arrested, it wouldn’t hurt for Desean and Vick to NOT disagree with our new coach in public..andmIt would be cool for a guy like Vick do more then just remind us how he is allegedly a “leader”..then again, a real leader won’t ask for his release if he doesn’t start the season as the starter.
    Now we do have some very strong veteran leaders like Meco, Sopo, Trent, Mathis, tOddfather, Celek, but even if our stars haven’t done anything that serious yet, they still don’t exactly embrace the leadership role the way you would want from your best players. Anyone can be a good leader, but your stars have to set a good example. I would like to see those guys step it up a notch, and I really really would hate to see us have to let go of a good player because of charechter issues in the future..

    but Hey Eagles fans, if you are having a bad day, here is some perspective for you:
    Today, Jaguars fans who already have to endure the misfortune of Jason Babin, woke up to their owner or GM telling the nation that Mike Kafka will have every chance to win the starting QB job…YIKES!

    • Johnny Domino

      “but Hey Eagles fans, if you are having a bad day, here is some perspective for you: Today, Jaguars fans who already have to endure the misfortune of Jason Babin, woke up to their owner or GM telling the nation that Mike Kafka will have every chance to win the starting QB job…YIKES!”

      Sounds absolutely Kafka-esque, you cockroach.

      • eaglepete

        good for Franz, best of luck to him. Not like Gabbert is a world beater. Maybe Scott will have a chance, he had a little hype going for him per draft.

  • Dr. Rick

    It makes sense now why MV wants a QB named now. If he gets locked in to having starts he makes more money. Duh!