Revival of the Fittest
On Thursday, the Eagles added to their stable of quarterbacks and further hinted to the style of offense they will be playing under new Head Coach Chip Kelly by signing former Ducks QB, Dennis Dixon, to a 2-year contract. Dixon, who finished this last season on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, has seen his fair share of success, albeit with limited playing time and statistics.
In 5 NFL seasons, the former 2007 PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year and 2-time All PAC-12 selection has been a part of 2 Super Bowl champion teams (XLIII & XLVII) as well as 3 AFC champions. Unfortunately for him, his numbers do not reflect this. He has accumulated 402 passing yards, thrown for 1 TD, and started only 3 NFL games since being selected in the 5th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. However, with the emergence of the zone read scheme in the NFL, Dixon could revive his career under his former offensive coordinator. The familiarity with Kelly’s system will allow him to compete right away with Nick Foles and Trent Edwards for the backup QB position.
No one knows for certain what the Eagles offense will look like next season, but the addition of Dixon suggests that it will at least somewhat mirror that of Kelly’s time at Oregon. If so, it will come at the advantage of Dixon, who has the speed and elusiveness to create plays in space, and allow him to make his first active roster spot since the Steelers let him go in 2011.