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Eagles are getting closer to making quarterback determination

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The Eagles haven’t said which of their two starting-caliber quarterbacks will start the third preseason game, coming up on Saturday against the Jaguars.  But coach Chip Kelly has said that, on Monday, the coaching staff will determine the rotation for the next game.

With the third preseason game widely considered to be the dress rehearsal for the regular-season opener, the decision as to whether Mike Vick or Nick Foles will start against the Jaguars will go a long way toward letting everyone know whether Vick or Foles will start against the Redskins.

With the signs pointing to Vick gaining separation, Foles nevertheless thinks he still can win the job.

I’m going to keep working,” Foles said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  “My mindset stays the same.  My work ethic stays the same.  My ultimate goal, always, is to play.  Not going to change anything.”
Foles said the quarterbacks split the reps in Sunday’s closed practice session.  On Saturday, the bulk of the first-team reps went to Vick.
And while it appears that Kelly is considering the possibility of using both guys interchangeably this season, a source with knowledge of Kelly’s approach at Oregon explains that the head coach is doing the same thing he did in 2010 and 2012 while at Eugene.
Both years, the competition continued until the week before the first game.  Then, when Kelly named a starter, he stuck with the guy all year.
In this case, there’s a chance Kelly wouldn’t have a choice to stick with Vick, if/when Vick gets injured.  (Again.)  But if history repeats itself in Philly, either Vick or Foles will enter Week One as the clear-cut No. 1, without having to look over his shoulder.
Unless, of course, he plays poorly enough to prompt Kelly to consider making a change.
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20 Responses to “Eagles are getting closer to making quarterback determination”
  1. Youknowimright says: Aug 19, 2013 9:16 AM

    Unless Vick loses a leg in the next game, he will be the QB. This smartest guy in the room stuff by Kelly is already getting old. Looking forward to him pulling a Booby Petrino in the next year or two. Whenever his college suspension expires.

  2. awdlmd says: Aug 19, 2013 9:21 AM

    We all know they both with start multiple games anyway due to injury and/or suckage.

  3. seabreezes51 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:24 AM

    Vick will, and deserves to win the starting job. Foles is only a little behind him though and brings a really good set of skills to the table. Vick likely wont stay healthy and will only last for a short while. The guy to hope to see improvement from is Barkley.

  4. eatitfanboy says: Aug 19, 2013 9:24 AM

    Foles should hope they name Vick the starter. That would give him a couple of games off to rest before Vick gets hurt and then he can come in fresh and seize the job.

  5. len462 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:29 AM

    Shouldn’t Foles have to do something first, before we can call him starting caliber?

  6. doctorart2013 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:44 AM

    Kelly will name Vick as the starter for the Redskins game in DC, he’s way more suited to run the read option and could have a big year if he’s able to stay healthy.

  7. dgreenfi says: Aug 19, 2013 9:46 AM

    At this point, pretty much everyone can see through this competition as a thinly veiled attempt to motivate Mike Vick.

  8. corkspop says: Aug 19, 2013 9:49 AM

    I think the Eagles are in good shape here. Vick starts and they have a back-up QB that’s better than most back-ups in the league. Foles can step right in but most teams have a fair drop off when they go to No. 2.

  9. tombradyswig says: Aug 19, 2013 9:50 AM

    9/9 can’t get here soon enough!!
    wishing the summer away, how ignorant of me!!!

  10. eaglesfanalways says: Aug 19, 2013 9:52 AM

    Everyone but Kelly says Vick is the starter.

  11. mancave001 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:54 AM

    len462: Shouldn’t Foles have to do something first, before we can call him starting caliber?
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    Obviously you’ve seen nothing. He showed great potential last year, and has had an excellent preseason. He’s been accurate and made good decisions. He can even run more than most people expected. Vick has still separated himself, but after actually, uh, WATCHING him…I’m fully convinced that Foles is starting caliber.

  12. amanistumor says: Aug 19, 2013 10:20 AM

    Vick will and should win, but the “competition” is just to keep him working for it and also to have a viable backup for when Vick goes down.

    IMO Vick should not be awarded the starting job until the idiot learns to slide. Until then he is just asking to get knocked out by week 6.

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 19, 2013 11:30 AM

    Spoiler alert: It’s Vick.

  14. icdogg says: Aug 19, 2013 12:13 PM

    For whatever preseason is worth, both Vick and Foles have looked very sharp. They’re both making good reads, mostly good decisions, and good throws.

  15. greymares says: Aug 19, 2013 1:19 PM

    6’5″ 250 vs 5’11″ 200 no brainer, big guys beat little guys.

  16. emoser says: Aug 19, 2013 3:55 PM

    “Eagles are getting closer to making quarterback determination”

    In tomorrow’s obvious headlines: NFL opening weekend getting closer

  17. dlux36 says: Aug 19, 2013 3:59 PM

    If Mike continues to dive head first (it’s pre season ass hat) he won’t start for long…but will be the wk 1 QB.

    Side note, what is up with the backwards passes, please scrap that Chippie. That DA play will cost the Eagles at least one game this year.

  18. jchristophercollins says: Aug 19, 2013 5:31 PM

    Everyone calling for Vick to start has a very short memory. Remember when Andy Reid “fixed” him for about 4 games? How did that work out?

    Vick has put up good numbers, but in the preseason, against vanilla defenses, and over the course of an extremely small sample. 5-6 series?

    I don’t know whether Foles will be any good, but I have seen the “resurrection” of Mike Vick before, and it felt a lot like this. Fool me once, shame on you, but I won’t get fooled again.

  19. bigblu73 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:28 PM

    jchristophercollins says:
    Aug 19, 2013 5:31 PM
    Everyone calling for Vick to start has a very short memory. Remember when Andy Reid “fixed” him for about 4 games? How did that work out?

    Vick has put up good numbers, but in the preseason, against vanilla defenses, and over the course of an extremely small sample. 5-6 series?

    I don’t know whether Foles will be any good, but I have seen the “resurrection” of Mike Vick before, and it felt a lot like this. Fool me once, shame on you, but I won’t get fooled again.
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    Boy, talk about a biased opinion, I don’t even know where to begin! First of all, when Reid supposedly “FIXED” Vick, MV7 went to the Probowl, led the Eagles to the Playoffs and lost in the Wildcard to the eventual SuperBowl Champs the Rodgers led Packers. Certainly no shame in losing to the Packers at Lambeau!!

    Uhhm……I don’t know what Pre-season games you’ve been watching, but the games I’ve seen have had plenty of blitzing! I’m not saying that teams are showing off all the blitz packages but guys are out there trying to FEED their families!!! Doing all they can to make a “highlight/SportsCenter moment”. Journeyman Players have literally dreamed of getting a Sack/Big hit/INT on Mike Vick, no better bragging rights/barbershop material than that.

    Lastly, the “Resurrection” had just as much to do with the quality of the O-Line Protection/Shady McCoy running game as it did MV7!!! In 2010 the Eagles afforded Vick a clean pocket and ample time to make reads and he was sensational! Couple that with the fact that AR actually gave his top 5 RB Shady a decent amount of carries!!! 2011-2012, O-line is decimated(literally 4 of 5 starting lineman lost last season) paired with AR severely underutilizing Shady and calling way too many Pass plays!! Not even calling typical west coast type dink and dunk pass plays but a lot of double move type of plays that require a clean pocket/decent pass protection. MV7 is far from blameless, as he tried to do too much. He was guilty of forcing the issue when plays had little to no chance for success. NO QB CAN HAVE SUCCESS WITHOUT ADEQUATE PROTECTION!!!

  20. eaglesnd18 says: Aug 19, 2013 7:46 PM

    Actually we lost to the Packers at home during Mike Vicks great 2010 season.

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