As the Eagles move deeper and deeper into the preseason, coach Chip Kelly still has provided no clarity regarding the starting quarterback for the first game that counts, September 9 against the Redskins.
“I’d love to name a quarterback right now,” Kelly told reporters on Saturday. “They [Mike Vick and Nick Foles] need to continue to play at a high level and I think when you continue to put them in different situations, that gets a chance to express itself.”
Actually, Kelly still hasn’t decided who’ll start in the third preseason game, regarded widely as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Kelly said the coaching staff will decide the rotation for Saturday’s game against the Jaguars on Monday.
On Saturday, Mike Vick got the bulk of the reps with the first team, two days after Nick Foles started the second preseason game. Via CSNPhilly.com, Vick had 23 first-team reps and Foles received eight. That’s more than 74 percent for Vick.
It’s nearly a mirror image of the approach from last week, when Vick started the preseason opener and Foles had nearly 85 percent of the first-team reps in practice.
And while Kelly’s approach is starting to create the impression that he may use both quarterbacks this year, Kelly may have peeled the curtain back a bit when explaining that Vick benefits from the uncertainty he’s experiencing.
“I think tremendously,” Kelly said. “Once you think you’ve arrived in this game, you’re going to get passed on by. Just because somebody and no matter what the situation is, quarterback, running back, offensive line, you become a starter that doesn’t mean all of a sudden you can kick your feet up and say, ‘Now I’m all set, this is a good deal.’ It’s about getting better every day and there’s always something you can learn, whether it’s as a coach or as a player. I think that mindset will really benefit Mike in the long run.”
It helps Vick even more if he’s the starter. And maybe that’s what he’ll be. Either every week or whichever week Kelly thinks he matches up better with the opposing defense than Nick Foles.