Only something as bizarre as Riley Cooper’s antics at a Kenny Chesney show could eclipse the ongoing quarterback competition in Philly.
As it turns out, Wednesday was a good day for the incumbent starter.
Via John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com, Mike Vick took 34 snaps on Wednesday, 24 of them with the first team. Nick Foles took 27, and only 13 with the starting offense.
It’s the first sign that Vick could be in the process of emerging as the starter. Coach Chip Kelly has said that the first-string quarterback will be named when that happens.
Vick capped his day with a 40-yard throw to the corner of the end zone, which was caught in bounds by receiver DeSean Jackson.
“It was a great way to conclude practice,” Vick said. “Chip said [Jackson] was in, so it counts.”
After practice, things got ugly for the Eagles. Ultimately, however, the Cooper mess gave Vick a way to emerge off the field, showing leadership and grace by forgiving Cooper.
In the wake of the Cooper situation, leadership from the quarterback position becomes even more important. With Vick apparently separating from Foles on the field, Vick can separate from the second-year quarterback off the field, too, by keeping the team together under circumstances that otherwise could have torn it apart.