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Foles remains Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback, Vick still not 100 percent

Nick Foles, Chip Kelly AP

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is taking the first-team reps at practice as Michael Vick remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. What remains unanswered is whether Foles will remain the starter when Vick is completely healthy.

Vick told reporters today that he still has some work to do before he’ll be ready to run at full speed.

“I’m just working every day, I can’t say how close I am to 100 percent,” Vick said. “It was a bad hamstring pull. . . . I feel myself getting better, but I feel it if I try to burst.”

Foles said he’s preparing to start this week, and it sounds like he will start on Sunday against the Cowboys because Vick isn’t healthy yet.

Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur hinted, however, that Foles may remain the starter even after Vick is cleared to return. Shurmur said coach Chip Kelly will have a decision to make once Vick can go.

“Coach Kelly will address those questions about who the quarterback is when both of them are healthy. At this point, we’ll go with Nick. When Mike’s healthy, we’ll have that discussion,” Shurmur said.

The fact that they’re going to have a discussion indicates that Vick isn’t a sure thing to re-take the starting job once he’s healthy. Foles has played well in Vick’s absence, and if Foles plays well and leads the Eagles to a win over the Cowboys on Sunday, that could be enough to move him ahead of Vick.

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52 Responses to “Foles remains Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback, Vick still not 100 percent”
  1. bearshaterseverywhere says: Oct 15, 2013 2:09 PM

    This makes the Eagles contenders! I would be stoked if I was an Eagles fan. Mike Vick is a waste of a roster spot. Go away overrated, dog killer!

  2. nfcbeastly says: Oct 15, 2013 2:14 PM

    Good for Foles. He’s kept his head up the entire time and has made significant strides from year 1 to year 2. That is what happens when you have a good attitude and good coaching staff to back you up.

  3. keylimelight says: Oct 15, 2013 2:15 PM

    At this point in his career, Vick will never be 100% IMO because his mind, his self-doubt about his own ability as a QB, accounts for a certain percentage of his readiness.

    He doesn’t sound at all convincing that he’s eager to get back in there and lead his team. As for his hamstring, look up the word “psychosomatic” and you’ll have a better understanding of Mike’ situation. That’s how I see it.

  4. bleedgreen says: Oct 15, 2013 2:15 PM

    That sure changed quick from “Mike is the #1″ to “We’ll talk about it when Mike is healthy.” I guess winning and being efficient trumps the depth chart.

  5. vikingapologist says: Oct 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    Writing is on the wall! Toodles Vick! Fun while it lasted!

  6. cobrala2 says: Oct 15, 2013 2:21 PM

    I’m not concerned as an Eagles fan. Rookie Head Coach, a veteran QB who probably won’t (but might) take us very far… younger QB with potential…

    Coach Kelly can screw with these two all he wants. This is his era and he has to figure out what’s going to work and what won’t work.

    Part of the not-Phickle Philly Phaithful,
    E-A-G-L-E-S: EAGLES!!!

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 15, 2013 2:24 PM

    “Catalyst”

  8. kantnockdahustle89 says: Oct 15, 2013 2:27 PM

    Really? You are going to bench Vick even when he is healthy? Might as well trade him then if thats the case. Hes no backup QB.

  9. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 15, 2013 2:28 PM

    Go Foles!!

    Vick, time’s run out! time to start practicing the clip board duties!

  10. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 15, 2013 2:28 PM

    All the kid did this week was be the highest rated QB in the league per Profootball Outsiders. Give him his chance. Vick can be a back up.

  11. trollaikman8 says: Oct 15, 2013 2:39 PM

    Foles looks like a legit QB with or without Chip’s gimmick offense.
    I have some bad news for Marcus Vick.

  12. shatho1 says: Oct 15, 2013 2:42 PM

    well Vick sorry u got stuck with a HC that wants to be like Jim Harbaugh. All u did was injure a hamstring and will most likely lose your starting job to your back up just like Alex Smith did in San Francisco. GO COWBOYS!!!

  13. richiebburg says: Oct 15, 2013 2:47 PM

    Gee. Foles came in to play well against the winless Giants and the winless Buccaneers.. #savior

  14. 6ball says: Oct 15, 2013 2:47 PM

    .

    22-31 296yds 3tds 0int vs a good Tampa defense. How do you sit him?
    .

  15. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 15, 2013 2:52 PM

    Funny how other teams are taking advantage of their quarterbacks being injured with hopes that the back-up will prove to be an improvement. Meanwhile, the Titans a freaking desperate, hoping that Jake Locker will somehow come back two weeks earlier than expected so we can start winning again.

  16. ccjcsr says: Oct 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    Just biding time till the Eagles make a play for Marcus Mariota in next years draft!

    #trophycasesempty

  17. bleedgreen says: Oct 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    bearshaterseverywhere says:
    Oct 15, 2013 2:09 PM
    This makes the Eagles contenders! I would be stoked if I was an Eagles fan. Mike Vick is a waste of a roster spot. Go away overrated, dog killer!
    —————-

    I’m an Eagles and a Foles fan, but to say they’re contenders is lying to yourself. With the defense, they’ll NEVER be able to put up enough points to do anything in the playoffs, if they can manage to even get there. If the defense could hold people to < 21-24pts on a weekly basis, then yeah, I'd say they might be able to make a small playoff run, but as is, even the Bucs scored over 20 on them.

  18. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    Make the call and of its Foles try to trade Vick and get something out of him

  19. bleedgreen says: Oct 15, 2013 2:59 PM

    shatho1 says:
    Oct 15, 2013 2:42 PM
    well Vick sorry u got stuck with a HC that wants to be like Jim Harbaugh. All u did was injure a hamstring and will most likely lose your starting job to your back up just like Alex Smith did in San Francisco. GO COWBOYS!!!

    —————–

    Alex Smith was a top 3 QB last year when he went down. Mike Vick is merely average. His red zone rating is 57. Nick Foles red zone rating is 104. You do the math.

  20. hailvictory says: Oct 15, 2013 3:01 PM

    kantnockdahustle89 says: Oct 15, 2013 2:27 PM

    Really? You are going to bench Vick even when he is healthy? Might as well trade him then if thats the case. Hes no backup QB.
    ——————————————–
    Hes no starting QB either!

  21. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    It’s amazing people hold a grudge still about Vick’s past. NFL guys, Donte Stallworth and Leonard Little, have killed people and done less time. So dogs lives are more important than peoples? The man did his time and, as far as we know, kept out of trouble. Let it go man. Let it go.

  22. chillyball says: Oct 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    Vikings should be dumb enough to pick up Vick. When that happens, I become a Bears fan.

    Skol.

  23. janvanflac says: Oct 15, 2013 3:06 PM

    “Gee. Foles came in to play well against the winless Giants and the winless Buccaneers.. #savior”

    TB has one of the best defenses in the NFL Foles led them to 31 points, with no real help from defense or special teams.

    If the Eagles had half a defense they’d be one of the best teams in the NFL, with either guy at QB. Good problem to have.

  24. nitro276 says: Oct 15, 2013 3:08 PM

    Long time Eagles fan here. Vick paid his debt to society regarding the dogfighting incidents, and I was thrilled in 2010 when he took over as the starter. But, it’s 2013, and the sand is running out of his hour glass. The pre-season QB competition was tilted in Vick’s favor, and Foles kept his head up. Vick finally blows a tire running out of bounds, and Foles comes in. Foles has no margin for error and plays at a pro bowl level through 6 quarters. Foles needs to continue to play and show he can do it and do it well. The offense just looks smoother with Foles at the controls. Foles as a quality starter will allow the next off-season and draft to focus on the defense, where the attention is really needed.

  25. ace8842 says: Oct 15, 2013 3:13 PM

    I am an Eagles fan also. The Eagles are not contenders unless the defense dramatically improves. Foles has played better than Vick, at least slightly, and he’s younger, whereas Vick is older and will just get worse with time. Vick won’t be back next year, so the time to find out about Foles is now. If he is the read deal, we can draft defense next year, and if he’s not, we lose and get a high pick to get a QB next year. Vick simply is not accurate enough and doesn’t anticipate receivers enough…

  26. hanifmiller says: Oct 15, 2013 3:25 PM

    If the Eagles win on Sunday and Foles has another game like he had against the Giants and the Buccaneers the question is: how can you possibly justify going back to starting Vick? Especially in light of the fact that in two games Foles has thrown more TD’s than Vick has in 4.5 games.

  27. therealtruth210 says: Oct 15, 2013 3:37 PM

    detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    Oct 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    It’s amazing people hold a grudge still about Vick’s past. NFL guys, Donte Stallworth and Leonard Little, have killed people and done less time. So dogs lives are more important than peoples? The man did his time and, as far as we know, kept out of trouble. Let it go man. Let it go.

    ————————————————–

    BIG DIFFERENCE….. Little and Stallworth accidently killed people. Vick ran a criminal empire in which drugs were sold, illegal gambling took place and dogs were tourtured, beated and killed at his house. To even compare what Little and Stalworth did just shows you how stupid and clueless you really are

  28. richiebburg says: Oct 15, 2013 3:37 PM

    The Buccaneers don’t have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Get real people! On paper they have one of the best defenses, on the field they do not. Week 1 against the Redskins Mike Vick lit it up in the first half and the Eagles sat on a huge lead in the second by running the clock out. Week 2 against the Chargers Vick once again lights it up with 428 passing yards and 34 rushing [Nick Foles will NEVER put up a statline like this in his career, bet me] Week 3 against the UNDEFEATED Chiefs and one of the best defenses in the NFL. Vick has a bad game but so did the rest of his TEAM. Still threw for 200 and rushed for 99. A team loss. Week 4 against the UNDEFEATED BRONCOS. Vick played GREAT in this game. 248 pass/41 rush no turnovers. I personally think it was his best game of the year. The rest of his team really hung him out to dry by playing terrible. In a half against the WINLESS Giants he throws for 105 and rushes for 79. Receivers werent getting seperation. Vick gets hurt before half and Foles comes in and after a couple AWFUL drives scores two touchdowns against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Vick would have put up the same if not better numbers in that second half then Foles and anyone with any knowledge of the game knows it. Having Vick in the game makes this offense more deadly. It’s a FACT

  29. micbg132 says: Oct 15, 2013 3:43 PM

    Nick won 1 game over a team 0-whatever now he is the a great QB…. Vick had the Giants beat before he pulled his hamy…. Who has Nick played against I would venture to say he lost the game against the Chargers with his pass to first row with a wide open D-Jac… Vick will take the Birds over when he is healthful and Bring a discount double check for Philly…

  30. s0merand0mguy says: Oct 15, 2013 3:45 PM

    Foles is not Foles gold… He’s the real deal. He can read defenses, correctly audible, command the OL, very accurate, quick release, height (can see over OL), hard to sack due to size…… Nobody is saying he’s the next Tom Brady but he is 2 inches taller (giving him something). On a serious note the kid has heart, maturity, and has done nothing but improve in his 2 years. He can be good.. Real good…. Just allow him to be Chip….. Just allow him to be….

  31. shlort says: Oct 15, 2013 3:46 PM

    kantnockdahustle89 says:Oct 15, 2013 2:27 PM

    Really? You are going to bench Vick even when he is healthy? Might as well trade him then if thats the case. Hes no backup QB.
    ______________________________

    Yep, He’s no back-up QB, he is not good enough to be a back-up QB in the NFL. Problem is, talent is thin when QBs are considered, so Vick can probably make a few more years carrying a clip board somewhere. The Eagles best bet is to build a roster with talent that does not cost them wins. Vick is not a winner because he is mistake prone and inconsistant. He is not a gamer at all.

  32. shlort says: Oct 15, 2013 3:49 PM

    richieburg, stats don’t mean a thing if you don’t get a ring. Vick is a highlight reel guy, but in the end, he is not good enough to start in the NFL. Same goes for a dozen or more starters in the league. Foles is the better option for a team on the build. Vick has never been good or even average. Being a guy who wants to bring up stats, check Vick’s career statistics. He’ll be among players like Trent Dilfer and Tommy Maddox.

  33. shlort says: Oct 15, 2013 3:53 PM

    Oh, and richie, If you have to celebrate Vick not turning the ball over, think about how great you think he is. I can’t remember the old timers name, but I watched a show on the NFL network a few years ago. The guy said he knew he was done when people gave him a stand ovation for completing a 10 yard pass. Vick lovers stand and clap while praising Vick for only fumbling once and only tossing one pick. That means you want Vick to be great even though he is not. Think about it.

  34. mikenitty says: Oct 15, 2013 4:17 PM

    This is all hypothetical what IF he plays good ???? Well what if he don’t and has a horrible game then what everyone back on Vicks Sack… foles needs to show more then beatin an 0-4 bucs team with a rookie QB ….real talk

  35. frankfordyellowjackets says: Oct 15, 2013 4:21 PM

    Foles beats the Cowgirls and Vick is #2.

  36. zukny1 says: Oct 15, 2013 4:26 PM

    “The Buccaneers don’t have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Get real people! On paper they have one of the best defenses, on the field they do not. Week 1 against the Redskins Mike Vick lit it up in the first half and the Eagles sat on a huge lead in the second by running the clock out. Week 2 against the Chargers Vick once again lights it up with 428 passing yards and 34 rushing [Nick Foles will NEVER put up a statline like this in his career, bet me]” Etc….

    In the Washington Game Vick was great. No doubt about it.. Let’s take a look at the other games:
    Chargers: 23 of 36 (64%) QBR: 86.2 – 1 Fumble 2 Sacks 4 QB Hits 4 FG’s (not TDs)
    Chiefs: 13 of 30 (43%) QBR: 25.2 – 1 Fumble 6 Sacks 8 QB Hits 2 FG’s (not TDs) 2 Int’s
    Broncos: 14 of 27 (52%) QBR: 60.2 – 0 Fumble 3 Sacks 6 QB Hits 3 FG’s (not TDs)
    Giants: 6 of 14 (43%) QBR: 94.0 – 0 Fumble 0 Sacks

    Do us a favor and compare those stats with Tebow.. I’m sure you would find they are quite similar. Only difference is: Tebow doesn’t fumble and get injured every game.

  37. bluebongzilla says: Oct 15, 2013 4:37 PM

    The Eagles are reduced to continuing to make excuses for a guy with a lifetime passer rating of 81.0 who is one loss shy of a .500 record as starter for the Eagles.

  38. bluebongzilla says: Oct 15, 2013 4:39 PM

    “BIG DIFFERENCE….. Little and Stallworth accidently killed people.”

    They got behind the wheel drunk. There’s nothing accidental about that.

  39. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 15, 2013 4:53 PM

    To even compare what Little and Stalworth did just shows you how stupid and clueless you really are

    So being drunk makes it all good?

    Look in the mirror there buddy. Accidental or not a human life is worth more than any dogs.

  40. trollaikman8 says: Oct 15, 2013 5:30 PM

    detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    Oct 15, 2013 3:02 PM
    It’s amazing people hold a grudge still about Vick’s past.

    ———–

    Frankly I couldn’t care less if Vick made beastiality sex tapes. The only “past” I’m looking at is his inability to read a defense and to slide like a professional QB. This is why he sucks – his football IQ does not match his years in the league. There’s no excuse.

  41. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 15, 2013 5:38 PM

    @trollaikman8

    Really wasn’t where I was going with that but I wouldn’t want him as my teams QB either.

  42. insanelomein2 says: Oct 15, 2013 5:42 PM

    shatho1 says:
    Oct 15, 2013 2:42 PM
    well Vick sorry u got stuck with a HC that wants to be like Jim Harbaugh. All u did was injure a hamstring and will most likely lose your starting job to your back up just like Alex Smith did in San Francisco. GO COWBOYS!!!
    ———————————————–

    You mean like Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh did? Both made choices to go with the younger talent than vested veterans and how did that turn out?

    Carroll/Wilson/SEA — 2nd round playoffs
    Harbaugh/Kaepernick/SF — SuperBowl berth

    Sure I’d love to see Chip Kelly follow that mold any day of the week

  43. bobbyhoying says: Oct 15, 2013 6:18 PM

    This is a game at a time situation. If Nick does well against the Boys, Philly will crown him King. If he does poorly he’ll be the second coming of Kevin Kolb and they’ll hate him in Philly. We need both guys. It’s a long season.

  44. sevensgottago says: Oct 15, 2013 6:35 PM

    As a longtime Eagles fan, I’ve been vociferously anti-Vick ever since we signed him. The dog killing mess doesn’t enter into it, except as one measure of Vick’s (lack of) character.
    He’s just a lousy QB. Highlight reel material, but on the whole, the Redemption Tour has been a miserable failure, as predicted.

  45. ace8842 says: Oct 15, 2013 6:48 PM

    Sal Pal had some killer statistics on WPEN in PHilly on the radio. 3rd down completions, Foles 80%, Vick 41%. 4th quarter completions, Foles 64%, Vick 53%. 53% of Foles throws have been for first downs, 28% have been first downs for Vick. And we all know Foles has been better in the red zone. These are all the stats that matter. After the first two games, Vick did not have a completion percentage over 53% the next 3 games.

  46. dladd08 says: Oct 15, 2013 7:00 PM

    No matter how good he looked, Foles has 2 career wins both coming against the Buc’s.

    More evaluation needed.

  47. dladd08 says: Oct 15, 2013 7:08 PM

    Foles is not Foles gold… He’s the real deal. He can read defenses, correctly audible, command the OL, very accurate, quick release, height (can see over OL), hard to sack due to size…… Nobody is saying he’s the next Tom Brady but he is 2 inches taller (giving him something). On a serious note the kid has heart, maturity, and has done nothing but improve in his 2 years.the He can be good.. Real good…. Just allow him to be Chip….. Just allow him to be….
    ___________________________

    I agree.

    This message was approved by the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  48. zukny1 says: Oct 15, 2013 8:26 PM

    “”” “BIG DIFFERENCE….. Little and Stallworth accidently killed people.”

    They got behind the wheel drunk. There’s nothing accidental about that.”””

    Granted this is the wrong area for this topic; However, it’s at least worthy to note in the Stallworth situation the man that died probably would have if Stallworth was drunk or not. When you run across a 55 mph road w/ no cross walk and around a turn i’m not sure how many people would be able to avoid the guy.

    If you remember there was talk of a video that may have helped persuade the family to drop charges.

  49. sully215 says: Oct 15, 2013 9:34 PM

    dladd08 says:
    Oct 15, 2013 7:00 PM
    No matter how good he looked, Foles has 2 career wins both coming against the Buc’s.

    More evaluation needed.

    ————————–

    Tell that to Kevin Kolb. two games with over 300 yards and he made millions.

  50. therealtruth210 says: Oct 16, 2013 7:23 AM

    bluebongzilla says:
    Oct 15, 2013 4:39 PM

    “BIG DIFFERENCE….. Little and Stallworth accidently killed people.”

    They got behind the wheel drunk. There’s nothing accidental about that.

    ————————————————–

    I didn’t say they accidentally got behind the wheel drunk. I said they accidentally killed people. meaning the was no intent. Guess you are pretty stupid not to understand what I was saying.

  51. redandgoldhitman52 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    therealtruth210 says:
    BIG DIFFERENCE….. Little and Stallworth accidently killed people. Vick ran a criminal empire in which drugs were sold, illegal gambling took place and dogs were tourtured, beated and killed at his house. To even compare what Little and Stalworth did just shows you how stupid and clueless you really are

    Good comment. Well said.

  52. redandgoldhitman52 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    bleedgreen says:
    Alex Smith was a top 3 QB last year when he went down.

    top 3? lol. he had a good qb rating from his constant checkdowns. never threw downfield over 20 yards, if he did it was incomplete due to his inaccuracy. manning ,brady and rodgers are laughing at your comment.

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