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Kelly says Vick and Foles will both be on the roster

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When Eagles coach Chip Kelly unexpectedly named a starting quarterback with two preseason games to go, our (or at least my) first thought was that Kelly would now have extra time to shop the guy who lost the job.

In explaining the decision to make Mike Vick the starter, however, Kelly told reporters that both Vick and Nick Foles will be on the team.

Asked if Vick and Foles “definitely” will be part of the regular-season roster, Kelly said:  “Yes.”

“You don’t have to look any farther than last night’s game with the Redskins, where [Robert Griffin III] is on the sideline and Kirk Cousins goes down in the second quarter,” Kelly said.  “In this league, you better have a couple of quarterbacks ready to go.   I mentioned that again to Nick today.   I think Nick is going to approach it that he’s the starter, because that’s got to be his mentality going into this and prepare like he’s a starter.”

The Eagles may have three quarterbacks ready to go, given the development of rookie Matt Barkley.  Still, Kelly made it clear that he won’t be benching Vick.

“[H]e’s our starter for the season,” Kelly said.  “It’s not a one‑game trial basis.”

Kelly’s decision conflicts with his prior explanation that a starter wouldn’t be named until after the preseason finale.  But it gives Vick more opportunities over the next 20 days to get ready for the first game of the season, when he returns to a place where he had a game for the ages during a career rebirth in 2010.

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33 Responses to “Kelly says Vick and Foles will both be on the roster”
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    Foles has to be. Vick has played 16 games 1 time in his career.

  2. ingraven says: Aug 20, 2013 2:07 PM

    Yep. NOT surprised once again. Chip Kelly continues just to state the obvious.

  3. green41563 says: Aug 20, 2013 2:07 PM

    Probably not smart to declare any non-elite player the starter “for the season.”

  4. jwil007 says: Aug 20, 2013 2:11 PM

    very smart to do this..Now if he falters or get hurts then 99% of Philly fans will get their wish…Just make sure he does what YOU ALL believe he will do when given the change….lol Like Marco said in Taken… “good luck” LOL

  5. starship7 says: Aug 20, 2013 2:12 PM

    We’ll see how “non-elite” you say he is when the season starts.

  6. skinsfanwill says: Aug 20, 2013 2:12 PM

    He’ll be out by halftime of week 1 when London Fletcher breaks his ribs. I still think Vick is a good QB. People hate him just because he fought some dogs, but they still love players who fight their wives. WTH?

  7. eagleswin says: Aug 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    Vick had 1 8 game stretch in the last 10 years where he looked elite. He has not come close to that 1/2 season mark before or since yet every year we hear how great Vick is.

    No matter how many former coaches and players Vick throws under the bus the press always believes that nothing is Vick’s fault.

    Starting from him admitting that he never studied a game plan or cared what his coach was trying to teach him and ending with him throwing his old coaches under the bus every year.

    I’m sure Andy Reid was happy to hear that Chip Kelly was the first person in Vick’s long career to show him how to carry a football so he wouldn’t fumble it.

    Vick’s only ever been consistantly good at 2 things, running with the football and self promotion.

  8. johnnyqbp says: Aug 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    I think Vick has a really good year. This offense fits him perfectly from what I’ve seen so far. But hey, what do I know. I’m a Vikings fan and I thought Troy Williamson was going to be great.

  9. 619sdfan4life says: Aug 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    Why would they not be on the roster, “Vick and Foles will both be on roster”. Wow chip that’s a very interesting coaching decision having more then 1 QB on your roster..Genius..

    Chip I already don’t like you

  10. eatitfanboy says: Aug 20, 2013 2:24 PM

    619sdfan4life says:
    Aug 20, 2013 2:17 PM
    Why would they not be on the roster, “Vick and Foles will both be on roster”. Wow chip that’s a very interesting coaching decision having more then 1 QB on your roster..Genius..

    He was answering a question asked of him in a press conference. There was some speculation that whoever lost the battle for number 1 would be moved and Barkley would be the number 2.

    SMH

  11. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 20, 2013 2:28 PM

    Vick’s potential is a lot higher than Foles at this point, and he stands a lot better chance of performing at a top-10 QB level. I never bought in to the idea that this was actually a QB competition. Vick fits this Chip Kelly offense MUCH better, but Nick Foles can still easily be considered one of the best backup QBs in the NFL.

  12. philahitman says: Aug 20, 2013 2:37 PM

    619sdfan4life says:
    Aug 20, 2013 2:17 PM
    Why would they not be on the roster, “Vick and Foles will both be on roster”. Wow chip that’s a very interesting coaching decision having more then 1 QB on your roster..Genius..

    Chip I already don’t like you
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    He’s forced to because of the stupid, repetitive questions asked by reporters everyday. They hope hell misword somethin and theyll have a “Foles on the trade block story” for half the season. Pathetic leaches.

  13. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 20, 2013 2:38 PM

    The only team in PA that matters actually has a trophy case.

  14. raiderufan says: Aug 20, 2013 2:48 PM

    2012: 10 games played
    2011: 13
    2010: 12
    2009: 12 games played, 1 start (first year in philly)
    2006: 16
    2005: 15
    2004: 15
    2003: 5
    2002: 15
    2001: 8, 2 starts (rookie year)

    So he hasn’t stayed healthy for a full season since 2006 and it makes some shred of sense to think they’d trade the young back up they really like because they picked the 33 y/o injury prone QB for this season? Who the hell thought that? Because of Barkley?

    Who would trade a young back up they like because they have another young back up they like when both are practically free to keep by NFL standards?

    The whole idea of this blows my mind.

  15. mungman69 says: Aug 20, 2013 2:55 PM

    Vick had the better pre-season games and the better practices. I don’t see any team in the NFC east running away with the title but with the Eagles’ defense they will end up fourth. It won’t matter what Vick does.

  16. dramaguy11 says: Aug 20, 2013 2:57 PM

    Wow, I am still amazed at how many so called “Knowledgeable” football fans post dumb comments about how bad Vick sucked last year. What did you expect with four offensive linemen getting hurt early on in the year? The fact is that Vick when he has protection will do well. Just ask the Redskins who got torched for 59 points by Vick in 2010.

  17. jimmyt says: Aug 20, 2013 2:58 PM

    skinsfanwill, What are you, like twelve years old? Vick didn’t just “fight some dogs” as you state. He tortured to death dogs that did not fight well by all kinds of inhumane methods and enjoyed it. He stole family pet type dogs from peoples yards, tied them down, pulled all of their teeth out with pliers and threw them in the ring with trained fighting dogs so that they would develop a killer instinct and taste for blood and he enjoyed it. He ran an illegal gambling ring (that is the only thing he paid his “debt to society” for, not his cruelty to innocent animals) that involved all of the above and more and didn’t do it because he needed the money – he did it because he enjoyed it. He enjoyed all of these activities with the enthusiasm of a psychopath and it has been proven that his type will graduate to harming people as well. He is a danger to society, a sicko through and through. He is and always will be a very sick and demented man as well as anyone who doesn’t see it or supports him.

  18. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 20, 2013 2:58 PM

    Dear jwill007,

    Never quote Marco from “Taken.”

    Thanks.

  19. 619sdfan4life says: Aug 20, 2013 3:03 PM

    @philahitman @Eatitfanboy

    I’m not sure i know a team that doesn’t have 3 QB’s on their roster. If so it’s a bit of a gamble and rare.

  20. BringBackTheFlex says: Aug 20, 2013 3:13 PM

    Michael Vick = Singing Frog

    That’s all you need to know.

  21. eagleswin says: Aug 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    dramaguy11 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 2:57 PM
    Wow, I am still amazed at how many so called “Knowledgeable” football fans post dumb comments about how bad Vick sucked last year. What did you expect with four offensive linemen getting hurt early on in the year? The fact is that Vick when he has protection will do well. Just ask the Redskins who got torched for 59 points by Vick in 2010.

    —————————–

    Yet another guy who doesn’t realize it isn’t 2010 anymore. Is that one game going to be used to justify Vick starting until he dies?

    Matt Flynn really endorses hanging your hat on one game. It got him a contract to.

    You also seem to forget that Vick was the QB in 2011. Vick had 4 more INTs in 2011 than he had last year and was just as fumble prone. I’m sure that Vick wasn’t responsible in 2011 either.

    I know he wasn’t responsible for his play with the Atlanta Falcons because even though the person who wrote his biography wrote that Vick admitted to never studying game film and didn’t pay attention to the coach which ended up getting the coach fired that noone blames him because his fans continue to defend him despite factual evidence and testimony from Vick himself.

  22. BringBackTheFlex says: Aug 20, 2013 3:15 PM

    skinsfanwill says: People hate him just because he fought some dogs, but they still love players who fight their wives. WTH?

    Hmm. Wives have the option of leaving their husbands or fighting back.

  23. tombradyswig says: Aug 20, 2013 3:19 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 20, 2013 2:38 PM

    The only team in PA that matters actually has a trophy case.

    Your GREAT team had a horrible night last night, Bell got hurt, ben was runin for his life constantly, throwing pick sixes to kerrigan and dwyer was busy fumbling!!!! LOL

    PS – have fun winning 4 or 5 games this year!!!!!!

  24. jamaltimore says: Aug 20, 2013 3:28 PM

    MV7 lighting up the skins and Sideshow Bob would be fun to watch! Not sure he’s got it anymore but with the system Kelly’s brought to philly he’d be a fool not to let Vick run it. Last Hurrah for MV7 so he’s got nothing to lose.

  25. germanstingray says: Aug 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    I guess neither the Raiders nor the Jets were willing to pay the asking price for Foles.

  26. emoser says: Aug 20, 2013 3:46 PM

    BringBackTheFlex says: Aug 20, 2013 3:15 PM

    skinsfanwill says: People hate him just because he fought some dogs, but they still love players who fight their wives. WTH?

    Hmm. Wives have the option of leaving their husbands or fighting back.
    ________________________
    My take is a bit different. The way I see it, Vick didn’t slap his dogs or verbally abuse them. And unlike Stallworth, he didn’t get drunk and accidentally hit one with a car. The things he did to them, if done to humans, would have put him on the same level as some of history’s biggest serial killers.

    That said, I believe that he’s a better person today than he was then and isn’t just putting on an act. And frankly, I don’t think I would be able to watch sports if the only players I could root for were ones that had likeable personalities.

  27. eatitfanboy says: Aug 20, 2013 3:50 PM

    @Jimmyt

    Thank you.

    You got crushed and I’ll get crushed, but who cares?

    The idea that a man who did what Vick did could be “rehabilitated” by 18 months in prison is ridiculous.

    To all of the people supporting him, imagine watching a pit bull rip a dachshund into tiny pieces. Imagine the sound of that little dog screaming for it’s life. Now imagine Vick doing that for fun.

    That’s the guy you’re supporting.

  28. bobbyhoying says: Aug 20, 2013 3:57 PM

    This tells me Barkley has a long way to go and Chip thinks this is not a throw away season. He may really believe he can compete for a playoff spot.

  29. gregmorris78 says: Aug 20, 2013 4:35 PM

    Can u say read option???

  30. dan39564 says: Aug 20, 2013 4:50 PM

    Both on the roster, could just be saying Foles will not be cut!

  31. meatheadsmakemelaugh says: Aug 20, 2013 4:57 PM

    This will be funny, can’t wait till the first game when defenses actually start playing for real. Vick won’t be able to tell what’s going on, will be benched by the 4th game.

    #Overratedasnormal
    #LowFOOTBALLIQ
    #Vickisterrible

  32. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Aug 21, 2013 4:42 AM

    Chip’s long term starter isn’t even on this current roster, it is next years draft. When you got guys like Bridgewater, Boyd, Fales, McCarron and Manzel all going in the first round in ’14 there a pretty good chance the Birds will get there guy next year.

  33. oldbyrd says: Aug 21, 2013 9:24 AM

    Non Elite?> Gotta watch and cover him on every play. If he beats one guy, the def. is in trouble. Remember Vic beat Shady in a race.

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