Evan Mathis: Chip Kelly shouldn't rush Eagles' QB pick


Michael Vick wants Chip Kelly to pick a starting quarterback before the Philadelphia Eagles roll into training camp -- and DeSean Jackson agrees -- but it's not about to happen.

Offensive guard Evan Mathis doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

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"I haven't been evaluating our quarterbacks because I'm focused on the offensive line, but I really don't see the point of Chip Kelly naming a starting QB before camp," Mathis told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

"This is an entirely new coaching staff with an entirely new offense, which isn't even fully installed yet. It's not rocket science; whoever the coaches feel will help the team the most will win the job after proving himself in training camp and preseason."

Kelly said it in fewer words: "To make any decisions on who someone is from wearing shorts and T-shirts doesn't make sense to us."

Mathis is wise to fall in line. Kelly didn't voyage to Philly to pander to DJax (who's coming off a flat campaign) or Vick (who's lucky he's still with the team).

Besides, the issue with the Eagles hasn't been the Week 1 starter but finding a quarterback who has the strength to go the distance. Vick has plenty to prove before he floats any further demands around the building. Following Kelly's lead would be a start.

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