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September 9, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Obscured by the podium, the black headband Michael Vick nervously fingered swayed rhythmically throughout the quarterback's 12-minute media session Wednesday. That sweat-soaked pendulum was an apt symbol for a 2013 Philadelphia Eagles season that, like most others, figures to oscillate between good times and bad. As long as Vick and the Eagles, who debut Monday night in Washington, seem on the upswing, Eagles fans will be content. But should the downswings prove too numerous or pronounced, the 33-year-old almost certainly will not get another shot at redemption here.
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September 6, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Michael Vick entered the NFL in 2001, he was considered a transformational talent. The NFL had seen mobile quarterbacks before - Randall Cunningham was one of the finest in Philadelphia in the early 1990s - but Vick took it to another level. Vick became the first quarterback to run for 1,000 yards in a season. Although he's not the same rusher he was when he entered the league, his dual-threat ability is still central to the Eagles offense. Yet Vick is no longer one of the few. He pointed to marquee quarterbacks who are similarly multidimensional.
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August 30, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
Sam Bradford, Rams: Looking for a strong year from Bradford, especially since the only way the Rams likely will move the ball is through the air. He's only a QB2, but could be a good draft-to-trade chip for a team that has an exceptional QB1. Tom Brady, Patriots: If grandpa carved up the Thanksgiving turkey the way Brady sliced up the Eagles and Buccaneers during training camp, our whole family still would be full. Brady is missing a lot of weapons, but it doesn't seem to have slowed him down.
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August 28, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State released its first depth chart of the season yesterday, and in no surprise, Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg were listed as the co-starters at quarterback. The duo has been competing for the job since the beginning of training camp, and an "OR" was the only thing between the two on the depth chart. Coach Bill O'Brien has repeatedly said the race is neck-and-neck, and he noted he plans on using both signal callers when the Nittany Lions open their season this Saturday against Syracuse at MetLife Field.
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August 24, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple coach Matt Rhule on Thursday named junior quarterback Connor Reilly the Owls' starter for the regular season, which begins on Aug. 31 at Notre Dame. Reilly, who has never started a collegiate game, beat out Clinton "Juice" Granger for the starting job. Granger, a fifth-year senior, started the final two games of last season at quarterback. "It was a hard decision for us," Rhule said at the team's media day at The Pavilion, home to Temple's new indoor practice facility.
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August 22, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien has not decided which quarterback will start in Penn State's season opener on Aug. 31. But the second-year coach has had no shortage of praise for Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg. "It's very close," O'Brien reiterated about the QB competition yesterday. "I told the team this yesterday, these are two of the best young quarterbacks I've ever coached. Tyler is 19 years old and Christian is 18, and I say by the end of the week, we'll have a decision on who will start the Syracuse game.
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August 22, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly discussed the Eagles' quarterback situation with his coaches on Monday, then called Michael Vick and Nick Foles into his office on Tuesday morning. He later shared with all five quarterbacks what he told the top two: Michael Vick will be the Eagles' starting quarterback in 2013. Choosing the 33-year-old former Pro Bowler over a 24-year-old entering his second season was Kelly's biggest decision yet. It had become obvious that Vick was outplaying Foles after two preseason games.
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August 16, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple football coach Matt Rhule has made it clear that freshman quarterback P.J. Walker has as good a shot as any of the quarterbacks on the roster to start the season-opener at Notre Dame on Aug. 31. "Oh, yeah. Absolutely," Rhule responded after practice Monday when asked if the Newark Star-Ledger's 2013 high school offensive player of the year might be his starting quarterback when the season began. "He's a very talented kid," Rhule said, "and he's got the right demeanor and work ethic.
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August 6, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Vick locked his eyes on the receiver in a short crossing pattern. There was no pass rush because the Eagles were running only a seven-on-seven drill. So the quarterback seemingly had little to worry about as he uncorked a throw over the middle. But Vick's pass grazed one of coach Chip Kelly's man-made obstructions - a black net perched on the shoulder of a staff member that acts as a substitute defensive lineman with outstretched arms. The ball fell to the ground incomplete and Vick punched his fist through the air in disgust.
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August 5, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two people battling to be the 2013 starting quarterback for Penn State have never have taken a snap in a big-time college football game. That might leave some head coaches apprehensive, but not Bill O'Brien. O'Brien, who will lead the Nittany Lions into Monday's opening day of preseason practice, is excited about working with the quarterbacks, sophomore Tyler Ferguson and freshman Christian Hackenberg. He loves being able to "mold" each player, not just in terms of mechanics and fundamentals but in being a leader.
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