Chip Kelly has made up his mind. Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles when they open their season Sept. 9 in a “Monday Night Football” game against the Washington Redskins.
The news came as something of a surprise because Kelly was expected to tell reporters today who would start in the third preseason game. Vick had been competing with Nick Foles for the starting gig and the decision between the two, Kelly said, wasn’t easy.
“They both played at a high level,” Kelly said, “Mike was a little higher.”
In two preseason games, Vick has looked great, completing 13 of 15 passes for 199 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Foles has completed 11 of 14 passes for 96 yards with no TDs and one interception.
While the possibility of seeing Vick in Kelly’s wide-open scheme when real games begin is intriguing, the reality is that longevity may be an issue. Vick has become increasingly injury-prone, playing in 10 games last season, and he’s lasted 16 games only once in his career.
After practice today, he said he would continue to approach the rest of training camp as if the job were not decided. “It’ll be a shame,” he said, “if I let up right now.”
Kelly pointed out that he has had plenty of time — 16 spring practices, 20 training camp practices and two preseason games — in which to let Vick, Foles and Matt Barkley sort things out.
“The one thing we all learned from this group is that I think we’ve got two guys, and maybe even three guys that can play in this league. It was a healthy competition … I think they both made each other better,” Kelly said (via Philly.com’s Les Bowen). “I was really happy with how those guys handled the situation, ‘cuz it can at times get testy, it can at times — it’s one guy competing against another, but I thought it was a healthy competition and it brought out the best in both of those guys.”
— Philly Daily News (@PhillyDailyNews) August 20, 2013