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Eagles preseason QB breakdown

Inside the Eagles preseason quarterback numbers.

Eagles preseason QB breakdown

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Yes, we know it was just preseason and that not all the factors were even and that Chip Kelly didn't nearly pull the curtain back all the way and that there is no accounting for score of the game or downs-and-distance and whether or not the clock was running and ... well, you get the point.

But, we thought we would break down the Eagles' five quarterbacks drive numbers down for the preseason just for the heck of it. Here's what we found:

♦ The Eagles came away with points on seven of Mike Vick's 13 possessions. I don't know where that would fit in Chip Kelly's Oregon Offense, but that works for me. The other four QBs had 8 scoring drives in 38 possessions.

♦ Vick, seemingly, took the most "clock time" per snap, getting a play off about once every 25 seconds of a running clock.

♦ Four of the five QBs were in the 22- to 25-second range. Only Barkley (a play every 18.93 seconds) seemed to fit the rapid-fire delivery of this offense, until you realize he had as many incompletions (31), which stop the clock, as the other four QBs combined. He also ran fewer running plays than Vick, Foles OR Dixon.

♦ Vick advanced the ball down the field at over a 7-yards at a time clip, easily the best among the top 3 and nearly double Barkley's production.

The numbers:

   Vick     
 Foles   
 Barkley  Dixon 
 Kinne
 Drives  13  15  17  4  2
 Plays  72  85  86  43  11
    Cmp.-Att. 
 28-38  27-42  32-63  10-16  2-2
    Pct.
 73.7%  64.3%  50.8%  62.5%  100%
    Sacks
 3  3  0  2  1
    Run Plays   
 31  40  23  25  8
 Time of Poss.
 30:16  31:49  27:08  16:47  4:34
 TOP Seconds/Play    
 25.22  22.46  18.93  23.42  24.91
 Yards (Drive Distance)  
 520  428  324  180  72
 YardsPlay  7.22  5.04  3.77  4.19  6.55
 First Downs
 29  28  22  12  4
 Scoring Drives
 7  5  2  1  0
    Pct. of Scoring Drives    53.8%  33.3%  11.8%  25.0%  0.0%
 Points  33  32
 15  8  0
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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