Decision-Time Nearing For Chip Kelly

0V3J7250The first question to Chip Kelly following Thursday’s preseason win over the Panthers:

Chip, after tonight, how do you tell Michael Vick he isn’t your starting quarterback?

“That’s a good question,” Kelly responded. “I thought Mike put another good game together. But we’re going to evaluate everything. I thought besides the throwaway that Nick [Foles] couldn’t get out of the end zone he did a nice job, too. I think we have two quarterbacks that can play in an NFL game.”

But only one can start. And after two preseason games, Vick has made the better case for why he should be the guy.

Kelly did not give any hints as to when he will name his starting quarterback. He has maintained that he will not make any rash decisions. But we’re now approaching the third preseason game, which is a dress rehearsal of sorts. Ideally, you want your leader in place.

“I think there comes a point where somebody has to start taking more reps,” said Vick, “but that is totally up to Coach Kelly and what he decides on.”

Vick is 13-of-15 for 199 yards with a touchdown and an interception so far this preseason. His lone blemish came on a Hail Mary pass in the waning moments of the first half against Carolina Thursday.

“He was 8-for-8 until he threw the Hail Mary at the end of the first half. So I thought Mike, again, two weeks in a row I thought he’s made very, very good decisions,” said Kelly. “I think he can put the ball on people, and obviously, he’s a weapon when he takes off and runs.”

 

Foles is 11-of-14 for 96 yards with a rushing touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble. He has led four drives thus far. Half have resulted in touchdowns, the other half turnovers. Kelly praised Foles for his play, and said that both quarterbacks are making this decision difficult for him.

“Going through this competition I learned a lot about myself and I have to keep pushing, working hard,” said Foles. “I have always said Mike and I have a great relationship. That has been a  great deal and I am always happy to see him do well out there.”

We are just over three weeks away from the regular-season opener against the Redskins and officially, the starting job remains open. As Kelly pointed out, the offense has looked good with both of signal-callers at the helm. It’s just looked better with Vick, who seems to have taken to his new coach.

“I’m having fun playing football and I fell in love with the game again and I am thankful for that,” said Vick. “You’ve got to play this game with intense passion and purpose  and I thank Coach Kelly for what he has done for me and that’s just giving me that confidence that I felt like I was losing at some point in my career. You just have to keep working hard and when you do that you get the results that you want. But can’t be satisfied with this performance tonight, it’s a long season and we have a lot of work to do and I understand that I can’t lose sight of that.”

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  • jon h

    If history tells us anything, it’s that Vick will have a difficult time playing all 16 games in a season, so the odds are that Foles will start at some point during the year.

  • ReggieKush

    Vick! ..don’t get me wrong Foles did play well. Im confident enough to know if Vick goes down in the fourth we don’t have to deal with Mike Kafka coming in to save the day

  • from Afganistan

    Can anyone get the numbers on how many times Vic has dropped back against a blitz this preseason?

    • bentheimmigrant

      If you go back to the beginning of last season, he had actually improved against the blitz significantly. So hopefully that’ll continue. With Kelly’s style, Vick should have the options to throw it quick on every play.
      I’m still not sure I trust him to be the quick throw QB that we need, but it looks like we better get ready to give him another chance.

  • Jack Waggoner

    I thought Vick was 60% to be the game 1 regular season starter going into TC, 70% after last Friday, and probably 85% now.

  • Justin

    I wonder how many people who wanted Vick to be benched/cut these last two seasons are now cheering his name.

    • CJ

      it was never personal. it was the opinion of some about what’s best for the team. Still don’t think Vick is the long term option, and if this is truly a rebuilding year, it makes more sense to see what the kids can do as opposed to slapping a bandaid on the position. Many Foles supporters have stated all along, they’ll support Vick if he’s the starter, because we’re Eagles fans first and foremost. This isn’t breaking news, it’s been all over these boards. There’s no hypocrisy here.

      That said, Vick has without question emerged as the better QB in the preseason, and a leader, on this team, and there is no doubt he deserves to start the year. Whether it makes sense or not in terms of where the team is, is irrelevant because he earned it. Still skeptical as to whether he starts all 16 (injury or the team just is out of it and they then want to see what the kids have), but there’s no question he deserves to start the year.

      • EaglePete

        Thank you, its so obvious this is the case and its more about the long term even than this season. Vick fans are ridiculous, their boy took so much heat for sucking so bad, now they cant wait for the “I told you sos” after a bit of preseason. Hold onto your hats folks, reg season will paint the picture. What if its 8-8 and Vick plays fairly well, where does that leave the team? The scheme is working wonders so far which lends itself to the “its all Andys fault” mantra as well. I still have issues with the head first slide, the escaping pocket and waiting for the wr to get open and the outs to Djax. All that stuff was there before also, I need to see a lot more from Vick still. Some 3rd and longs, more timing throws and handling different defensive looks. They need to name him the starter to get more reps.

        • #7

          That’s funny. If Foles had won your posts would be a lot different. Vick fans are “rediculous”…because we want him to win?

          Whats wrong with that? You wanted Foles to win didn’t you? When was Vick supposed to win the job? During the season? Please let us 4 “rediculous” Vick fans know when he should have won the job

          Vick beat Foles straight up.

          • CJ

            He did. But what’s the point? It prolongs the inevitable. Do you really think Vick is winning a superbowl here in the next 3 years? Short of that, what’s the harm in stinking now, drafting Bridgewater, and having Kick and Kelly groom a young QB that actually fits this system?

    • #7

      They’d be too scared to admit it

  • JTR

    I was 100% in for the qb competition, make them earn it. Through two preseason games Foles has shown he can run this offense. But, just on the eye test the offense looks hectic with foles at qb, and foles looks hectic in the pocket. The offense looks controlled, despite the pace, with Vick at the helm. Watch both qb’s stand in the pocket and its obvious: Vick has won the competition.

  • Joethomas215

    Vick is clearly playing the position at a higher level, for better or worse. I just hope one competitive year doesn’t cost us a decade of mediocrity

  • PsychoPathetic1

    I want to see Vick slide at some point during the PS. I want to see if Kelly can at least teach him to do that. If not then I will lose faith in Kelly.

  • #7

    Gained some respect for Foles. He can play in this league if he will just let the ball go like he did when he was lighting it up in shorts. Foles can step in if needed and this competition has made him a better QB

  • #7

    People are getting a little upset with me and that’s understandable since their guy got Beat. It’s a shame that they do not notice that I’m giving Foles his props.

    I was exactly right. I knew that as soon as Vick won this job the excuses and minimizing would come out. You guys are already talking about the draft LMAO. Some fans you are…

    You said he was old and washed up, yet he looked fast to me on those scrambles while it took Foles 15 minutes to run 10 yards.

    You said he wasn’t accurate, yet he has 2 incompletions all preseason completing 86.7%. QB rating 113 to Foles 65

    The offense is more dynamic with Vick at the helm. Vick won.

    THEN, you people say “oh..it’s only preseason”. When were they supposed to compete for the job? I guess you wanted Foles to win the job when he was lighting it up in shorts I guess. I could go on and on, but it’s pretty disappointing that you people are minimizing what Vick accomplished.. being a washed up 33 year old and you still call yourselves “fans”. You should support the team. i can’t speak for the other 4 Vick supporters on here, but if Foles was good enough and won the job, I have zero problem giving credit.

    I’m just glad that you got that mouth slammed shut. Can’t wait till Sept 9

    • Eagles4Life

      And the “vanilla defense” argument is amusing as well. “Oh, it’s preseason.” “They’re not blitzing Vick.” Well, buddy, if Foles isn’t hacking it against VANILLA, what does that say? Lol. Some of these Foles supporters are looney.