Two weeks into training camp, Eagles coach Chip Kelly seems to be no closer to knowing who his starting quarterback will be in one month and one day. For one of the contenders, it’s an unprecedented life experience.
“I’ve never been in this situation before in my life,” Vick said in response to the news that he’ll start the preseason opener and Nick Foles will start the second preseason game, via Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com. “I’ve been in positions where I’ve had to compete for a job coming out of college, but it’s never been this severe. But I’m just taking it in stride, man. I can’t control the future, I can’t predict the future. I can just control what I can control. I can’t do it all. I can’t do everything. But the one thing I’m gonna do is have fun.”
Vick may be taking it in stride, but at a certain level he has to be dismayed. He has declared that this is still “my job” and “my team,” and it’s now clear that it’s anything but, on both counts.
On the surface, it appears Kelly wants to see what Vick and Nick Foles do during the preseason games before picking a starter. At a deeper level, Kelly possibly believes the sense of competition will make the guy who wins the job even better, despite the reduced practice reps and preseason snaps.
Or maybe he wants to showcase both guys because he knows that the runner up will be put on the trading block.
If not, the No. 2 quarterback will quickly become intensely popular in Philly, if the Eagles struggle in September, particularly when Andy Reid returns to town with the Chiefs on September 19.