Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is a major event in Philadelphia, where it has long signaled the unofficial start of football season.

The Phillies' five-year run as playoff regulars changed that temporarily. If they'd been able to sustain excellence through Andy Reid's two-year nosedive, maybe they could have created a permanent shift. Instead, the Phillies are in their second season as a .500 ball club, and the pecking order has been restored.

This is not especially good news for Chip Kelly as he prepares for his first NFL training camp. Unless Ruben Amaro Jr. can get Mike Trout for Kevin Frandsen at the trade deadline, Kelly and his team will have the full and undivided attention of every sports fan in the region. It will be very interesting to see how Kelly handles that.

The early signs are mixed. During the team's last full-squad minicamp, when Kelly was obligated to meet with reporters every day, he seemed surprised and less than enthused about the number of ways he could be asked about his quarterback situation.

"Every day we come off the practice field, they want to know, 'How did the quarterbacks do?' " Kelly told reporters last month. "No one was like, 'How did the gunner on the punt team do? Did you make your decision on that?' . . . For us, as coaches, we evaluate every position similar to evaluating the quarterback position." That may be true, but gunners aren't named MVP of the Super Bowl. It is absurd to compare the quarterback position to any other on the field. Kelly knows that, or he'd be waiting to open camp at a junior college in New Hampshire right now. At Oregon, he was able to conduct quarterback competitions under very different conditions. The Ducks were covered by local media and have an avid following, but let's not kid ourselves. This is the Eagles. In Philadelphia. Fans have been waiting for a Super Bowl victory as long as Super Bowls have been played. They ran out of patience about the time Hank Stram won one. There are different ways to deal with that. At his first training camp, in West Chester, Buddy Ryan grabbed a microphone and told several thousand fans his team would sweep the NFC East and win a division title that year. That didn't really work out.