I got an email Tuesday night from the NFL Network that included a few quotes from DeSean Jackson, who'd appeared touting the documentary his brother put together, and had been asked about the Eagles' quarterbacking competition. In one breath, DeSean said "I don't know, it's been kind of even," when asked whether Michael Vick or Nick Foles had an advantage, and he asserted that "they would both do a great job."
In the next breath, DeSean allowed that he had heard Vick wants to know who the starter will be, and Jackson said that "the team wants to know, too. We need to go into training camp prepared and know who is going to be our starting quarterback."
I thought, "well, that's contradictory. If a guy catching passes from both of them thinks it's an even competition so far, and that either would do a fine job, why is it important to designate one of them now? Doesn't make much sense." And I went on about my evening.
But of course, this is 2013, and when a prominent player says something, even if it makes little sense, that's news. I should know by now. Apparently, since now both Vick and Jackson have said they would like to know who's starting, the two of them constitute a quorum, on a 90-man roster. "The players" want to know who the quarterback will be! (Of course, I talked to a bunch of players about this last week at minicamp. Nobody said it was crucial to know now. Some noted there will come a time when the o-line and the receivers will want to get their timing down with the starter. That time isn't June, though.)