And that’s saying something.
I’ll skip the pleasantries: Marcus Hayes says the Eagles should fly with two quarterbacks:
Generally, at least two players can run an NBA offense at any point in a game. The first two NHL lines and the special-teams lineups often are balanced. Major league catchers usually serve as the defensive captains, but middle infielders seldom need any prompting.
However, in the paranoid and constrained world of the NFL, the quarterback’s role is beyond sacrosanct.
The responsibilities are considered too delicate for more than one man, as if only one ox can bear the yoke. They must have knowledge of that week’s playbook; harmonic movement with blockers; coordination with the running backs; timing with the receivers; communication with the playcaller.
Clearly, a job so complex cannot be shared.
Vick or Foles?
Not only can it be shared, this season, new Eagles coach Chip Kelly should make them share it.
No, it has never really worked in the NFL. The Vick/McNabb experiment in 2009 was ineffective, and the Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow combo was a debacle last year with the Jets, but in both of those instances Tebow and Vick acted as wildcat quarterbacks and so telegraphed the plays’ intents.
If Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie really is interested in importing college football innovations to his franchise – the chief reason for hiring Kelly – then he should insist on a two-quarterback scheme.
Since things are usually about race with Hayes, who is both white and black (his words), I’ll point out that it’s ironic he chose a situation in which there’s one white quarterback and one black quarterback to propose this foolish scheme. Perhaps he was torn. Or, more likely, he’s just an idiot with column inches to fill during a slow sports week.
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