The most uneventful quarterback benching in recent memory has become officially complete: Nick Foles is now the Eagles starting quarterback.
It’s no surprise. Former starter Mike Vick already has given his concession speech, and coach Chip Kelly has announced that Foles is the guy. But the last word comes from the two words not on the injury report: Vick and hamstring.
Vick initially pulled the hamstring in Week Five against the Giants. Three weeks later, Vick returned. Also against the Giants. And he injured the hamstring again.
Three weeks after that, Vick remained questionable on the official report. Now, as the Eagles emerge from their open date, Vick has returned to full and complete health. But he won’t be returning to the starting job, barring injury to Foles.
If Foles gets banged up, Vick undoubtedly remains the guy. As we hear it, the Eagles have no faith in fourth-round rookie Matt Barkley — so little that there’s a real question as to whether he even makes the team next year.
For Vick, being the backup to Foles in Philly could be the future. Though Vick wants to start elsewhere, he may not get that option. And the Eagles may offer him more to be Foles’ No. 2 than someone else would pay for the chance to compete to be No. 1.
So while in less than four years the torch has passed from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Kolb to Vick to Foles, Vick could choose to stay put, earning a solid paycheck to not play.