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.