Chip Kelly may not name Eagles’ starter until 12:59 on Sunday

AP

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is in no hurry to name his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

Asked when he needs to make a decision between Michael Vick and Nick Foles, Kelly answered, “12:59.”

Kelly wants to force the Bucs to prepare for both Vick and Foles, so it’s not surprising that he would say he might wait until one minute before kickoff to let them know who’s starting. Of course, if Vick’s hamstring injury is bad enough that he’ll be inactive for Sunday, the Buccaneers will know that 90 minutes before kickoff, at 11:30 a.m.

Vick says his hamstring is healing quickly, and Kelly hinted that Vick might be ready to go.

“I get a feel for Mike that he is improving,” Kelly said. “He said [Thursday morning] he felt good. I talked to him in the weight room, and he said he felt good, but we’ll see what happens [at practice].”

Still, Kelly said he isn’t going to rush Vick onto the field and risk aggravating the injury.

“We’re never going to put him in harm’s way, and we’re always going to do what’s best for the team, so the good thing is we still have three full days,” Kelly said. “We have Thursday, Friday and Saturday of training to really get a full evaluation of where we are with this whole thing.”

Kelly will probably know who his starter is by Saturday. But he may not let the rest of us know until the offense takes the field.

49 responses to “Chip Kelly may not name Eagles’ starter until 12:59 on Sunday

  1. Anyone else notice the Eagles put the game away last week once Vick went out and Foles came in? Anyone else noice the Eagles played better last year once Vick went out?

    Vick is trash. Most overrated QB of all time. Bench the guy already.

  2. Great, now when Schiano figures out a way to lose this game he can blame it on not knowing who the Eagles QB was going to be.

    Thanks Philly for extending our misery. I mean it’s not as bad as the misery Tampa provided you in the 2002 NFC Championship game, closing out that dump of a stadium you had with a huge home lose, but still.

  3. I am sure Nick Foles and Vick will be happy to have no idea if they are going to be playing at 12:59 on sunday. Also, coaches are huge liars. Chip Kelly puts the emphasis on huge.

  4. I am sure Nick Foles and Vick will be happy to have no idea if they are going to be playing at 12:59 on sunday. Also, coaches are huge liars. Chip Kelly puts the emphasis on huge.
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    I dont believe that most coaches are liars. They are forced to talk to the media and answer questions that may put them at a strategic disadvantage. They have to be diplomatic without giving away their gameplans and strategy.

  5. I think it’d be funny if the Eagles coaches kept emphasizing (loudly) that the QB needs to find the “free man” during the pre-game warm-ups in front of the Buccaneers. After awhile, they’d shorten it to just repeating “free man” over and over until the Bucs coaches & players lose it.

  6. Great, another classic moment in “trying to outsmart everyone”. Can we get a coach that doesn’t pull this crap in here please?

  7. actually rationalthinker82…

    vick got injured right before half with eagles up 19-7. in 3rd quarter with foles as qb, giants came back and went up 21-19. foles then engineered drive to get eagles a fg and 22-21 lead. then in 4th quarter some combo of eli imploding and eagles defense generating turnovers allowed foles-led offense to convert turnovers into 2 td’s en route to 36-21 win.

    the 3rd quarter when foles was in was very touch and go. your summary of the game is inaccurate.

  8. Rationalthinker82 how do you figure the Egirls were better last year when Foles played. In games where Foles played most of the game the team was 1&6 and in games Vick played the most they were 3 & 6. I know as a Redsins fan I was MUCH happier we didn’t have to face Vick. They were two easy wins for us.

    Your bias not with standing, the was better under Vick.

  9. it is an interesting game. 2 teams with coaches who have so far proven that they do not belong in the NFL. Schiano is likely already done, we all know this. but Kelly? lets see how much worse it will get, he already has stopped doing what made them successful week 1, and seems to be almost in a bunker, afraid to fire again after that terrible 2pt conversion call against KC.

  10. I dont believe that most coaches are liars. They are forced to talk to the media and answer questions that may put them at a strategic disadvantage. They have to be diplomatic without giving away their gameplans and strategy.
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    A lie is a lie no matter how you justify it.

  11. onebucplace says: Oct 10, 2013 1:46 PM
    it’s not as bad as the misery Tampa provided you in the 2002 NFC Championship game, closing out that dump of a stadium you had with a huge home lose, but still.
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    LOL I hope that helps you sleep at night considering that comments not relevant at all in this day and age (bringing up a moment from 11 years ago)… We all get it.. You are angry and you have every right to be.

  12. the3tavern- What’s your point? They also were absent of LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson for the bulk of the time the Eagles had Foles as the starter, and by that point it was clear Andy Reid and his team had given up on the season.

    However, with Foles under center they simply looked better, more together, in the games more.

    I have no bias towards Mike Vick, i just think he is incredibly overrated. When have his teams ever been that successful?

  13. I’m an Eagles fan. I think the report early in the week that Foles would start are correct. I think this is an attempt to screw with Tampa and make them prepare for both. Would the Eagles really throw Vick out there at less than 100% with Dallas and the Giants being the next two games on the home schedule?

  14. afcdomination says: Oct 10, 2013 2:16 PM

    it is an interesting game. 2 teams with coaches who have so far proven that they do not belong in the NFL.
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    Explain the logic please. How does Kelly not belong in the NFL again? Look at the season stats u dolt. He’s 2-3 with the worst defense in the NFL. Let’s not forget this was a rebuilding year and ALL OF YOU said the eagles would suck anyway….. So how can you say he don’t belong in the NFL? If Bill Bellichek was coaching the jaguars they would still suck… You sir are just a hater.

  15. C’mon Kelly… I need to know if I can keep rocking Vick as my starting QB in Fantasy Football!!! If not looks like ole interceptionmcgee Eli gets the start.

  16. Actually Chrisk61…..

    Vick: 6-14, 105 yds, o TD, 69.0 passer rtg
    Foles: 16/25, 197 yds, 2 TD, 114.9 passer rtg

    Maybe I cant make the arguement Foles won the game, but you sure cant make the arguement Vick was winning them the game either. Just because youre a Vick sympathizer doesnt mean you need to get offended when someone calls him overrated.

  17. For a lot of you Foles haters, too, remember, he played those games last year as a rookie thrown into an AWFUL situation with a dead beat coach. He didn’t have his top 3 offensive lineman, who were all out of the year, didn’t have DeSean Jackson, didn’t have LeSean McCoy for four games, didn’t have Avant and Celek each for a game. I don’t know who could have succeeded in that situation.

  18. Who the heck is Chip Kelly .
    this guy needs to be knocked down to college football where he belongs.
    And looking at his schedule.
    he ll be back soon.
    Another 4 and 12 year

  19. Chip Kelly is going to try and be too cute with what he does in the NFL. All these hot shot college coaches come into the league with the notion they are gonna change how everything is done. Shortly after, they run back to college where it’s much easier.
    I wish Chip the best of luck, but don’t try and set new standards in the NFL untill you establish yourself. Ask Saban, Petrino, Spurrier, etc.. etc.. how easy it was to change.

  20. Rational that game would have been a bigger lead for the eagles if Vick stayed in. With foles starting that immediately lowers Shadys value and you saw his lack of production when Vick went out last week.

  21. nagaswan says:
    Oct 10, 2013 1:48 PM
    I am sure Nick Foles and Vick will be happy to have no idea if they are going to be playing at 12:59 on sunday. Also, coaches are huge liars. Chip Kelly puts the emphasis on huge.

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    Please tell me nobody is this dumb? Of course Vick and Foles are going to know who starts earlier than 12:59 on Sunday, they probably already know. Kelly isn’t trying to surprise his own team, he is trying to surprise his opponents.

  22. So he doesnt plan to have the ball for the first 59 minutes? Thats good kick returning or bad depending on what is happening.

  23. rationalthinker82

    how can Vick be overrated when he’s one of If not the only qb to get not 1 but 2 100 million dollar contracts? He always win the starting job and it’s never given to him. Stop hating and enjoy the Mike Vick experience! Lol

  24. Well, since the on-field tactics haven’t been working all that well, might as well try some off-field ones.

  25. bigblackanvil says:
    Oct 10, 2013 3:17 PM
    Any Reid??? Deadbeat coach?? The same coach that has a better record and whipped the Eagles at home this year??? Wow!!!! What are you smokin”???lol
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    Yes, a big fat dead beat coach. The coach that failed at the draft and free agency for 14 years with the Eagles, lost control and had a team quit on him, moved on, inherited an already built team with 6 pro bowl players and only needed to add a quarterback. Oh god he did soooo much work! Please you sound silly. Give him a few years with the personnel decisions you will understand.

  26. s0merand0mguy says:
    LOL I hope that helps you sleep at night considering that comments not relevant at all in this day and age (bringing up a moment from 11 years ago)… We all get it.. You are angry and you have every right to be.

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    I could care less about the Eagles, but the Bucs did close out that dump of a stadium and to even make it more embarrassing they dropped a big L on you all when opening up the new place. Then the next year the Lightning knock the Flyers out of the Eastern finals on the way to the cup. You all did get a WS championship, but the Rays play in St Pete so I’m not sure that counts. Anyways Tampa and Philly have a long sports rivalry that has been mutilated by the humiliation that is our coach – since everyone knows that Schiano will f-up at some point and blow the game. So what, I have to reach back a decade to find some highlights. Sue me.

  27. Andy Reid was a deadbeat coach last year..in Philly, he had been largely in charge of personnel, which I understand he is not in KC. But let’s be clear. Reid inherited a lot of pro bowlers and got Alex Smith. But the defense and special teams have won KC games, not his dynamic offense. He still can’t call 3rd and 1 to save his life.

  28. vikinganswer says:Oct 10, 2013 3:48 PMSo he doesnt plan to have the ball for the first 59 minutes? Thats good kick returning or bad depending on what is happening.

    In trying to figure out how this makes sense considering he said 12:59 and the game starts at 1:00 est

  29. @chrisk When Vick got hurt the Eagles were up 16-7 .Foles led the Eagles on the last scoring drive of the first half to make it 19-7.

  30. What rivalry do we have with Tampa?? Tampa blows! Yea, I circle the Bucs, Rays & Lighting on my calander when we are scheduled to play…..lol. You have to wake up. Great, you closed the vet…nice! If that is what you hang your hat on, more power to you. But we can care less about Tampa teams! Don’t give your teams that much credit.

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