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

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.

69 responses to “Nick Foles, Matt Barkley both think they can beat out Vick

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

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

    *I’ll take Vick based on experience.

  4. 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
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    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?!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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”.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

    6-10 this year.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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?

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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

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

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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

  28. 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???

  29. 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….

  30. 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

  31. 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.

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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???

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    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

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

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