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Nick Foles, Matt Barkley both think they can beat out Vick

Nick Foles, Matt Barkley AP

Michael Vick may be the favorite to win the Eagles’ quarterback competition, but Nick Foles and Matt Barkley don’t see themselves as second- or third-stringers.

Foles told reporters in Philadelphia today that he thinks he’s going to be the starter this season.

I’m not here to be a backup,” Foles said, via PhillyMag.com. “I’m here to be the guy. I don’t think we play this game to sit on the bench. We play it to play, and I’m here to play.”

Barkley, meanwhile, said he’s approaching camp with the idea that he has a chance to emerge as the starter when the preseason is over.

“Your mindset has to be that you’re in the race to start,” Barkley said, via CSNPhilly.com. “You’ve got to have that mindset. I’m in a competition regardless of what everyone else is saying. You just have to practice that way, of always trying to compete. I couldn’t care less about what people are talking about. I don’t listen to that. . . . I feel like I’m part of that race, whether people are saying that or not.”

Ultimately, only one person’s opinion matters in the Eagles’ quarterback competition. That person is new head coach Chip Kelly, and Kelly has insisted since the day he got the job that everyone on the team is competing for the starting job. So Foles and Barkley are right that they can beat out Vick. It remains to be seen whether they will beat out Vick.

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69 Responses to “Nick Foles, Matt Barkley both think they can beat out Vick”
  1. marvsleezy says: Jul 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    Its a war of attrition, they will all play and be injured at some point this year for sure.

  2. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    wooow, vick just dont get any respect, dont worry vick the Washed-up-ington Failed-skins will sign u to mentor IRG3 and his glass body

  3. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jul 22, 2013 4:57 PM

    Good luck. Say what you will about Mike Vick, he is a great fit for that offense.

  4. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 22, 2013 5:00 PM

    Looks to be quite a *dog-fight at the QB position.

    *I’ll take Vick based on experience.

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jul 22, 2013 5:03 PM

    Vick will crumble under the pressure of the COMPETITION BOWL !

  6. razorbyrd says: Jul 22, 2013 5:04 PM

    peytonsneck18 says: Jul 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    wooow, vick just dont get any respect, dont worry vick the Washed-up-ington Failed-skins will sign u to mentor IRG3 and his glass body
    ——————————————————

    right, because Vick has proven that he can take hits and not get hurt…

    I want ALL players to have the attitude that they could be a starter!!! if you resign to being a backup, what motivation do you have?!

  7. kgun80 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:07 PM

    I don’t see Barkley starting this season. The competition is definitely between Foles and Vick. They have some pretty good weapons on the offensive side of the ball if they make the right move at QB, they can be pretty good team.

  8. 12444uggg says: Jul 22, 2013 5:07 PM

    I’m not sure who Mike Vick is right now, but if he flashes his “prime”, this isn’t a competition.

  9. bobonmycob says: Jul 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    justsomerandomguy24 says:Jul 22, 2013 4:57 PM

    Good luck. Say what you will about Mike Vick, he is a great fit for that offense.

    LOL nobody knows what kind of offense we will be running so how can you say that? Are you Chips OC?

  10. recyclecode6 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    Chip has an ego. Stories like this feed it. Nice job

  11. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 22, 2013 5:12 PM

    Everyone in competion in any professional sport thinks they can’t bet out their competitor. These guys didn’t get to where they are by saying “oh way, he’s got this job. I have zero chance of beating him out”.

  12. jjackwagon says: Jul 22, 2013 5:12 PM

    Vick has never started more than 13 games since he has been with the Eagles. He is also 33 years old, which means his skills will begin to deteriorate sooner rather than later. He probably has some gas in the tank and he is still the best option they have for the offense that Chip wants to run. Look for them to draft a QB in the 1st rd next year or maybe 2015. Barkley is not the answer. Foles maybe.

  13. gcsuk says: Jul 22, 2013 5:12 PM

    I’m sure Marcus Vick will tweet out that Foles and Barkley are just being racist.

  14. ilovefoolsball says: Jul 22, 2013 5:15 PM

    They will be a 3 headed IR Monster!

  15. ottomanismydog says: Jul 22, 2013 5:16 PM

    justsomerandomguy24 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 4:57 PM
    Good luck. Say what you will about Mike Vick, he is a great fit for that offense.

    ____________________________________

    Perhaps, in 2006

  16. qweststrike2008 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:17 PM

    The Philly QB controversy….an argument over who is the tallest midget.

    6-10 this year.

  17. tooz72 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:18 PM

    thats not really hard to do considering Vick is a RB

  18. despenc925 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:18 PM

    i doubt matt barkley will be the starter. the real competition is between Vick and Foles, and I like the way Foles looked and the end of the season with the same O-Line that Vick had with no excuses.

  19. sb50 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:18 PM

    That’s good that they have that mindset. I mean, what else are they supposed to say? It should be fun to see who emerges as the starting QB because in reality they all have a legitimate shot as being the starter. And for everyone that says Michael Vick skill set is perfect for Chip Kelly’s offense than you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Kelly could care less about athletic ability and needs a QB who can make quick decisions, while being accurate, and knows what the next play is always going to be considering the high tempo offense Kelly will most likely run.

    So just let them battle it out and see who comes out on top.

  20. tfoz5150 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:21 PM

    It would be a welcome surprise if Vick can find it within himself to change his stripes and somehow hold off the youngsters, but I just don’t see it happening. Oakland lookout!

  21. truthfactory says: Jul 22, 2013 5:21 PM

    I think this article would have been interesting if it said “Barkley and Foles think they have NO shot at winning the startig QB spot”.

  22. qdog112 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:23 PM

    The job belongs to Vick. Foles will fold as he did in college. Barkely is a career back up. Think Clausen.

  23. stlunatik says: Jul 22, 2013 5:24 PM

    If Vick isint the starter they don’t even win 1 game. You heard it here first.

  24. bigblue00 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:26 PM

    I’m sure they could. All they need is a bucket of water and a live extension cord.

  25. i, flounder says: Jul 22, 2013 5:28 PM

    thats cute barkley thinks he can sit at the grown ups table.

  26. papoose059 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:34 PM

    Vick will be on a short leash this year if/when he continues loosing grip of the football.

    No pun intended.

  27. mannyicey says: Jul 22, 2013 5:34 PM

    Wow. I really can’t wait until football season starts. Why? Because of these weird stories on this blog.

    Say if you had an open competition for quarterback and you had Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in the mix. And then you mix in a couple of quarterbacks from the Mountain West and another from a Division 2 team from the Allegheny Mountains. Now you put a microphone to their mouths and ask them “Do you think you can beat out Brady/Manning? How many of them would say no?

  28. alskdh says: Jul 22, 2013 5:35 PM

    I hope Vick gets another chance. They had him last year against an o line of cones and caution tape, doing his best.
    He did not lose ALL his athletic ability since 2010
    And I’m betting he’s still faster and quicker than both qbs

  29. steves11 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:42 PM

    I can’t see Barkley emerging as the starter this year, simply because he’s a rookie, has had no game experience in the NFL and is going up against two guys who have had experience. I thought Foles did remarkably well last year, considering the offensive line he was playing behind and the injuries to the starters on offense. If Vick can combine the athleticism of his youth plus the experience of his years in the league, he “should” be the clear winner of this competition.

  30. realfootballfan says: Jul 22, 2013 5:44 PM

    I don’t know why anybody is bringing Foles up in this thing. I doubt he even makes the team. Barkley fell to the 4th round for a reason. The problem with the Eagles starts and ends with Howie Roseman.

  31. johnnyoclock says: Jul 22, 2013 5:46 PM

    I’ll say it again, a coach wants the quarterback in season 1 to be the same quarterback in season 5. It makes no sense going through all this just to go change your quarterback and put a green (no pun intended) qb in there after all that work. And that guy is not a 30+ yr old Vick. He’ll be showcased for trade bait.

    It’s not Foles because is he was the guy they wouldn’t have drafted Barkley even if he was in fact a terrific value pick. They still would have passed over Barkley and picked a different value pick.

    It doesn’t matter who starts the season because Barkley will end it and be the future.

  32. thefox61 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:50 PM

    Thinking and doing are worlds apart

  33. doe22us says: Jul 22, 2013 5:51 PM

    I want ALL players to have the attitude that they could be a starter!!! if you resign to being a backup, what motivation do you have

    Matt Leinert and Brady Quinn will disagree.

  34. fafaflunky says: Jul 22, 2013 5:54 PM

    why do colts fans constantly hate on the skins? its not even a skins post. indy the capital of trolls..
    vick will start

  35. birdgang says: Jul 22, 2013 5:55 PM

    I don’t expect them to say anything else. I mean come on, seriously? Give me a different answer that’s actually logical.

  36. absolutekind says: Jul 22, 2013 5:56 PM

    I have a pretty solid prediction for the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles QB situation-

    Vick starts the season and gets hurt, Foles jumps in and loses again, Barkley starts the last few games of the season.

    Hell, with Kelly, we could have two starting QB’s.

  37. swaggyy says: Jul 22, 2013 5:59 PM

    Every on says their o line is the reason for Vicks injuries. Umm actually he held onto the ball almost the longest out of any QBs and runs wreckless. He’s been so overrated his entire football life he shouldve been a WR or CB

  38. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 22, 2013 6:00 PM

    I fully expected them to throw their hands up in defeat at this latest press conference. Non-story.

  39. dowhatifeellike says: Jul 22, 2013 6:05 PM

    No matter who starts week 1 they will all get their playing time. Vick takes too many shots and that O-line isn’t going to protect a pocket passer.

  40. Dave H says: Jul 22, 2013 6:09 PM

    Vick to the Raiders for a conditional pick.

  41. kwjsb says: Jul 22, 2013 6:10 PM

    “Nick Foles, Matt Barkley both think they can beat out Vick”
    Yeah, Me too.

  42. officialgame says: Jul 22, 2013 6:14 PM

    Any player at any position who is worth his salt wants to be a starter. All of these guys were stars in college. I am very curious to see what Chip Kelly has in store for them.

  43. westtupper88 says: Jul 22, 2013 6:19 PM

    I forgot Barkley was even on the team lol. With that said, yeah he’ll prob win

  44. foosball1984 says: Jul 22, 2013 6:20 PM

    they should have no problem, m. vick is one of the worse starting qb’s in the league and he always has been.

  45. stonefish67 says: Jul 22, 2013 6:21 PM

    If your QB’s or ANY players do not have this mind set, they are losers.
    Anyway, talk is cheap. Lets see who deliver.
    Hey Marcus Vick. You re one stupid cretin

  46. dwats says: Jul 22, 2013 6:46 PM

    Still would take any one of them over IRG3.

  47. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 22, 2013 6:46 PM

    I’m not betting against Michael, here.

  48. bigblu73 says: Jul 22, 2013 6:48 PM

    Mike Vick will be 33 for this upcoming season. But he also missed 2 seasons so his body is essentially 31 in terms of football abuse. He also has been said to STILL be the fastest guy on the team with only D. Jax as a close contender. So all of the “he’s over the hill” comments need to be relaxed just a bit. The only reason he got hit as much in recent years is because he stayed in the pocket longer than he should have to prove he has “pocket passer potential”. His greatest asset seems to be seen as a negative attribute when it comes to the so called pundits. Although the same people laud over RG3, Kaepernick, Rodgers, for using their atheletic ability. Those that think Foles played well last season are delusional. He has career back up written all over him. How many games did Foles win last season??? Oh yeah…… If you compare him to any of the other rookies that played last season he was the worst by a loooooooong shot! Don’t let me even get started on Barkley, until a USC QB is even decent in the league I’ll refrain from bashing. Carson Palmer is the sole exception, not that he’s fantastic but I’d have to admit he has been decent throughout his career. Beyond that Vick’s back is against the wall and he has a lot to prove. MV7 has proven time and time again, when the going gets tough Vick gets going!!!! He’s gonna light it up in Pre-season and have everyone saying, QB competition/controversy, what QB competition/controversy???

  49. andyb02 says: Jul 22, 2013 7:08 PM

    The Eagles will get at least 2 wins against the Cowboys this year no matter who starts at QB so whatever.

  50. ososrule says: Jul 22, 2013 7:22 PM

    That’s not saying much, It’s obvious. Mike Vick is overrated and a criminal. He’s a complete wash and waste of time. This should be his last season as an Eagle if that organization has a brain that has cognitive thinking and reason….

  51. ytownjoe says: Jul 22, 2013 7:53 PM

    Barkley is 3rd string. Vick starts. We’ll be watching to see if he can hold the job.

  52. lightofkolob says: Jul 22, 2013 8:41 PM

    Vick is gonna be a hall of famer. Foles is a joke and shouldn’t be on an NFL roster. I think you ride Vick as long as he’s healthy and prep Barkley. I think the eagles win the NFC east this year

  53. anthonyverna says: Jul 22, 2013 9:28 PM

    File this under “This is what you expect a professional athlete to say.”

  54. rajbais says: Jul 22, 2013 9:47 PM

    I only believe Foles can. Vick can’t play good football anymore.

  55. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 22, 2013 10:30 PM

    “We have no fear of any of these three QBs”
    Sincerely every defense in the NFL

  56. richeed says: Jul 22, 2013 10:31 PM

    It’s not racist if you just don’t like the way Vick plays the QB position. It also just so happens that the other guys are white. Again doesn’t mean your racist if you’d like to see what they bring to the table.
    Please I have seen enough of Vick. I just want it to be over.

  57. cavington says: Jul 22, 2013 10:59 PM

    A benched and injured Kevin Kolb could beat out Michael Vick right now. Yeah, that is how bad he is.

  58. jollyjoker2 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:05 PM

    Vick is OLD. He was a good running back but now he has to play QB. Its a lot tougher to read a defense when they know you can’t scramble very fast when the receiver is wide open.

  59. vicvega422 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:59 PM

    It’s is amazing how many NFL pro personnel directors commented on this story.

  60. theallegedone says: Jul 23, 2013 12:27 AM

    Don’t get me wrong. You definitely play to play and not sit on the bench. But where does Foles get all of this confidence from? What exactly did you show last year to make himself think that he’s gonna be the starter. He was basically a deer in headlights. Foles isn’t good. As for Barkley, well, there’s a chance he won’t beat out Dennis Dixon.

  61. allthingsbadass says: Jul 23, 2013 12:53 AM

    bigblu73 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 6:48 PM
    Mike Vick will be 33 for this upcoming season. But he also missed 2 seasons so his body is essentially 31 in terms of football abuse. He also has been said to STILL be the fastest guy on the team with only D. Jax as a close contender. So all of the “he’s over the hill” comments need to be relaxed just a bit. The only reason he got hit as much in recent years is because he stayed in the pocket longer than he should have to prove he has “pocket passer potential”. His greatest asset seems to be seen as a negative attribute when it comes to the so called pundits. Although the same people laud over RG3, Kaepernick, Rodgers, for using their atheletic ability. Those that think Foles played well last season are delusional. He has career back up written all over him. How many games did Foles win last season??? Oh yeah…… If you compare him to any of the other rookies that played last season he was the worst by a loooooooong shot! Don’t let me even get started on Barkley, until a USC QB is even decent in the league I’ll refrain from bashing. Carson Palmer is the sole exception, not that he’s fantastic but I’d have to admit he has been decent throughout his career. Beyond that Vick’s back is against the wall and he has a lot to prove. MV7 has proven time and time again, when the going gets tough Vick gets going!!!! He’s gonna light it up in Pre-season and have everyone saying, QB competition/controversy, what QB competition/controversy???

    ——————

    Dude, you’re one of the very few Vick supporters that made SOME sense … at least until you started talking about Foles. But I think Vick’s worst attributes (besides being an @sshole) are that he can’t read defenses and he makes piss poor decisions; all of which seem to be important to a guy like Chip Kelly. And I think you’re dead wrong about Foles. I think Foles can lead just fine. He had command of the huddle last season, stepped up, called audibles, read defenses and was extremely poised in the pocket. Teammates echoed that sentiment. Also, we’re talking about a whole ‘nother scenario with Chip Kelly at the helm and a healthy beast of an O-line. I wouldn’t sell out Foles just yet. But Barkley definitely presents an interesting wrinkle to the QB battle. I can’t wait to see how this plays out

  62. wadinmypants says: Jul 23, 2013 1:39 AM

    This is unfair. Time to start a local rally and take to the streets!

  63. j4man1 says: Jul 23, 2013 3:06 AM

    Soon as you realize how overrated Vick is the sooner you realize that Barkley has just as good a chance, if not better.

  64. orivar says: Jul 23, 2013 5:06 AM

    Foles is a back up at best and Barkley another journey man in the making.

  65. greenmeattruck says: Jul 23, 2013 5:49 AM

    This guy misses blitz reads that a three year old would pick up on. For all of you who wonder why the wonderlic is important, especially for QB’s, look at Vick and/or Vince Young.

  66. eatlessveggies says: Jul 23, 2013 12:44 PM

    All three qb’s have the right attitude.

  67. bn2n2me says: Jul 23, 2013 3:25 PM

    just two words for this lame article…Ni@@a PLEASE!!! Not in their or their mama’s wildest dreams could they get with Vick..idiots.

  68. wohg says: Jul 23, 2013 3:43 PM

    foles.

  69. eaglegirl4ever says: Oct 22, 2013 12:12 AM

    I love my team but they have to work as a team

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