In 2007, new Oregon offensive coordinator Chip Kelly helped quarterback Dennis Dixon to the Pac-10 player of the year award as he completed 67.7 percent of his passes, threw for 2,136 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions and ran for 583 yards and nine more scores.
Now, the two hope they can reclaim some of that college magic. The Eagles, now led by Kelly, have announced they've signed Dixon to a two-year contract.
Dixon just earned a Super Bowl ring as the Ravens' backup quarterback after spending the first four years of his career as the Steelers' backup (where he also earned a Super Bowl ring), but he obviously will have familiarity with Kelly.
Interestingly enough, the Eagles just agreed to a restructured deal with Michael Vick that will pay him $10 million for 2013 and, afterward, Kelly said there would be an open competition between Vick and last year's part-time starter, Nick Foles.
“Nick knew every step of the way what we're doing,” Kelly said. “I wanted to make sure Nick was included in the plans. I think both have outstanding qualities in terms of being quarterbacks in this league. I also know in this league you better have two. Who the starting quarterback is to start the season off is going to be won on the practice field."
Instead of two quarterbacks, though, the Eagles now have three -- well, four if you count Trent Edwards. And considering Dixon has succeeded in the past in Kelly's offense, you have to wonder if Dixon actually will have a chance to earn the starting quarterback spot by competing with Vick and Foles.
"I had to thank a number of coaches [for my success in college] because I started under center when I first got to [Oregon], and then things started to progress into Chip Kelly's [offense] toward my junior year," Dixon told CBSSports.com at Super Bowl media day. "But Chip Kelly had a lot to do with that, and I hope nothing but the best for him in the NFL and I know that whatever scheme that he brings he'll bring the best out of everybody."
Though Dixon has played in just four games in his five-year career (and none in the past two seasons), he is 2-1 as a starter, subbing for Ben Roethlisberger in 2009 and 2010. If he gets the chance to play (and maybe start) for Kelly in Philadelphia, it will be interesting to see how good Dixon really is.
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