Posted August 20, 2013

Michael Vick named Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback over Nick Foles

NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles
Chip Kelly has put his faith in Michael Vick's dynamism to run Kelly's unique offense.

Chip Kelly has put his faith in Michael Vick’s dynamism to run Kelly’s unique offense. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Anyone who watched Michael Vick play over the first two weeks of the preseason likely knew this was coming, but Eagles head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Vick would be his Week 1 starter with Nick Foles serving as the backup.

“I think Mike is ahead right now,” Kelly explained. “I think Nick made it very difficult.”

Vick and Foles split time as the Eagles’ starting QB last season — Vick started the first nine games before getting hurt, Foles took over for the next six, then Vick returned for Week 17. Kelly provided both ample opportunities to win the job in training camp this time around, rotating them (and, on occasion, rookie Matt Barkley) in with the first-team offense. Vick started Philadelphia’s preseason opener with New England, while Foles led the way this past weekend against Carolina.

To Kelly’s point about Foles hanging in the competition, the second-year QB hit 5-of-6 passes in relief duty against the Patriots, then connected on 6-of-8 attempts versus the Panthers, though he did throw an interception. Carolina picked off Vick, too, but that has really been the only mistake he’s made thus far in the preseason. Over Philadelphia’s two exhibition contests, Vick has gone 13-of-15 through the air for 199 yards … and has looked more electric than Foles in doing so.

And that is what Kelly’s decision probably boiled down to with the Eagles still three weeks away from a Week 1 Monday night showdown in Washington. Not only does Vick allow Kelly to keep a handful of true read-option calls in the playbook (as opposed to using short passes over QB runs with Foles), but also Kelly’s wide-open offense has highlighted Vick’s creative improvisational abilities thus far.

“I’m having fun playing football, and I fell in love with the game again and I am thankful for that,” Vick said after Philadelphia’s win over Carolina.

A free-wheeling Vick may be able to rediscover some of the magic he showed earlier in his Philadelphia career and as one of the NFL’s most thrilling players during his time in Atlanta. Vick’s best season with the Eagles came in 2010, when he helped Philadelphia claim an NFC East title by completing 60.2 percent of his passes, throwing for more than 3,000 yards and rushing for nine touchdowns.

Of course, he also missed four games that season to injury after wrestling the starting QB job away from Kevin Kolb. Therein lies the rub with Kelly’s decision. While Vick certainly makes this offense more of a threat than Foles could, he has not played a full 16-game season in any of his three years as the Philadelphia starter.

Given how often Kelly’s offense could ask Vick to clear the pocket and make plays with his feet, he may have trouble getting through all of 2013, too. So Foles may still get his chance further down the road.

Kelly also will have a decision to make later in the year if the Eagles cannot stay in playoff contention with Vick at QB. The 33-year-old Vick is set to be a free agent after 2013, while Foles and Barkley are locked up through 2015 and ’16, respectively. A slow start by the Eagles might force Kelly into an early decision about his team’s future at quarterback.

For now, however, this is Vick’s offense to run. Even as the Eagles learn Kelly’s schemes and adjust to life without injured WR Jeremy Maclin, opposing defensive coordinators will not look forward to preparing for this attack.

What may be Vick’s last shot to start in this league coincides with Kelly’s first shot at bringing his unique style to the NFL. Together, they have a chance to make Philadelphia a dangerous foe.

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55 comments
mc501
mc501

While Vick's past is unquestionably despicable, at some point the people who continue to lament the past begin to resemble those who in 2013 still are trying to hold Jane Fonda accountable for North Vietnam.  Enough time has past where carrying a torch for this issue seems wholly pathetic.

Vick's an exciting player.  I have always admired his football play.  In the same way I adored Randall Cunningham in his heyday, dynamic QBs are simply more interesting to watch.  There's a bumper crop of them this season too.  I'm going to enjoy watching Vick, RG3, Kapernick, and Wilson turn busted plays into memorable ones.  


To a large extent I agree that Vick's somewhat of a crystal cannon.  He's been fragile his whole career.  Last season didn't help with an O-line that spent more time pretending to be Swiss Cheese that pocket protect.


It'll be fun to watch him while he lasts.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Foles needs to stay sharp.  Vick with be down with an injury within the first 3 weeks.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

The dog killer got the starting gig cause Chip Kelly was afraid folks would cry racism if he didn't. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

"Kelly also will have a decision to make later in the year if the Eagles cannot stay in playoff contention with Vick at QB."

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NO chance kelly makes a change.  he is too raw and won't upset the fans by benching this guy.  he needs to look good, just being fresh out of college coaching.  he has NO backbone yet

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

With his awesome LOSING record, he should be happy to be in the nfl, period. But not much work for dog executioners these days.

mystafugee
mystafugee

For all those mentioned the dog fighting, he served his time, now get over it.  As for the whole playing in the NFL is a privilege, it's a privilege for those who are among the best football players in the world.  If there was a character test for players, staff, and owners, you'd have like 6 people left.  

gary41
gary41

Maybe Vick will work out in this new system, but except for 2010 his stats have been below par----consistently too many mistakes.  Kelly has an easier format for reading defenses, which may help Vick, but he still has to deliver the ball accurately and handle the ball deliberately.  They have too many close games----best of luck......  

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

This little experiment will be fun to watch.  It won't work, but it will be fun to watch them try and make it work.  Vick will start out alright but by mid season he will have more interceptions than touchdowns and will be banged up.  I expect the Eagles will be about 3-5 at mid season.  

There is one way it can work and I will be wrong.  If somehow they are able to surprise teams with their play calling enough and Vick does not have to actually read defenses.  The plays just work without calling audibles or making adjustments on the fly.  Then they can have some success until NFL defensive coordinators catch up to them.  Remember the quality of coaching in the NFL is far superior to college football.

PhillyEagles852
PhillyEagles852

If the o line can be productive, Shady gets it going, and Desean steps up I think this will a fun team to watch

PhillyEagles852
PhillyEagles852

Can't wait till the Monday night game. Gonna be a good one.

lawrence5
lawrence5

for the dummies that bring up the dog fighting let it go please.You guy act as if you never did anything wrong and ask'd for forgiveness 

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Vick is a disgrace to decent society

comeflywithme23
comeflywithme23

everyone knew that mike vick will win the starting job better question how long can he hold the QB job before he stars 2 suck or get hurts one will happen  

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Prob won't be the starter past week 4, I doubt he's smart enough to fully grasp Chip Kelly's system.

RescuedfromESPN
RescuedfromESPN

So Vick got the job, well at least foles can now go back to looking like napoleon dynamite.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Congrats to the dog killer,  nice job on "earning" the starting job.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@mystafugee how about YOU get over people mentioning it?  Ever think about it that way?

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@fordmike79 Not really. But, I don't think that either of us condones such bitterness as you keep showing on this thread. Sit back, sip a cool one, and think about the idiocy of your statements, how much sense they may or may not make, and then come back and see us, OK?

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@fordmike79 You seem like a real nice guy. One who most people would love to know about - in order to stay away from!

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@fordmike79 That sure has a lot to do with the subject, doesn't it? Maybe you want to tell us something that you have done wrong in your past. But, maybe you are just perfect and you are the one who is 'without sin', so you can cast stones. Even in places like this one, where stones don't really need to be cast. Get over it, dude. . 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@fordmike79 Good one.   That would have been original except for the other 196,305,462 creative types that beat you to the punch.

lovetopreach
lovetopreach

@fordmike79 Get over it. There are people that have killed people that served less time than Michael Vick

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@Richard--Ramirez 

A lot smarter than Barkley and Foles, what does that say about their intelligence... The only thing that will keep Vick out by week 4 is injury poor play will not be an issues.. This is an offense that uses all his skills.. If Mariota can get it i am sure a seasoned NFL vet will be fine, so you need not worry.

Jafari
Jafari

@Richard--Ramirez so he knows the offense only superficially and that was good enough to win the starting job? So, the other two quarterbacks have not been able to even learn the fundamentals of the offense? And you think they should start ahead of Vick down the road ... why?

Rockford
Rockford

@Richard--Ramirez Get over it. The man has paid his debt to society. How would you like to be remembered for all the wrong things you have done in life. Give the man a break.


friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@Richard--Ramirez 

Unlike the human killers we have running our government... Grow the bleep up they are DOGS, nothing more,  if you are so self righteous why not  take up a campaign to stop the slaughter of dogs they cannot find homes for.. Wake up!!!  these are animals they come in litters they are easily replaceable... they are here for the purpose of man.. whether as pets / companions, workers , sport or food which i find gross probably no different from rat meat but to each their own

If you were living in India you would be considered a savage because i am sure you have eaten a burger or two in your time. Cows are sacred. I am sure you would have an issues with that.. again to each their own. 

Vick did not come in your house and take the dog out of your kids arms.. So shut the bleep up.. Why do losers like yourself love putting a face to everything thing bad in this country, like its all that one persons fault while continuing to ignore true outrageous acts being committed daily...  

Here is a video tell me if you see Vick anywhere in this video. What those people are doing is worse than what Vick ever did. Vick use the dogs as sport then did the right thing by killing them after. Now the sport its self is illegal but who is to say what is right or wrong when you are not harming another human being.... I rather people fight dogs every day than have citizens drink poison and smoke cigarettes so the government can make money off it... 
 
http://endlessvideo.com/watch?v=fl6wYn7tQo8

jheartagram
jheartagram

@Richard--Ramirez 

Oh shut the hell up already  that's old news and no one cares anymore except for close minded idiots like you ohh big man talking trash behind a computer  what you think if you add a comment like that it make you superior and were all going to agree with you go crawl back in the hole you came out troll!!!

JulesG
JulesG

@Richard--Ramirez But he did "earn" it...........unless your whole point was to call him a dog killer.

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@PhillyPenn @mystafugee If the thread is about dog fighting, which this one is NOT, we will discuss dog fighting, Otherwise, it is totally off topic to bring it up. Can you give us any link between Vick's personal problems and this decision to start him at QB? No, you can't. That is why people like mystafugee and I and thousands of other FOOTBALL fans resent your constant off topic comments, including the inevitable tired old 'dog fighting' nonsense. Do you understand now? 

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@SteveUngrey @lawrence5 Is owning a necessary requirement for one to post comments about people like you, who can NOT seem to stay on topic? This thread is about football. Have you ever owned a football? Or seen a football? 

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@milkman1145 @fordmike79 @AlSharpton Yo, Milk man, are you writing these inane comments from an insane asylum? None of them make any sense. But, it IS good therapy for you. Keep at it and you might just discover the Caps Lock key on your keyboard. Get someone to tell you how to use it. 

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@JoeCabot @fordmike79 Joe, you are dealing with a dolt. Forget it. Just  let it be a reminder that crazies like this dude drive the same roads as law-abiding people, shop at the same stores. That is the part that bothers me. If he can go off on any mention of Michael Vick, think what he might do if you accidentally cut him off in traffic.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@fordmike79 He served the time that was mandated.  Why should he serve any more?

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@Richard--Ramirez

Do you mean the video or what Vick did.... To me they are "just" dogs, i do not believe they should be inside a person' home like some people but i do not think they should be tortured either... use them for whatever purpose and be done with them. That is all i am saying, put things in perspective.. its loser that think dogs are so precious but if a human hurts a dog the human should have harm come to them.  I do not know how that makes sense to anyone.

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

@Richard--Ramirez @jheartagram You are a simpleton Richard Ramirez. You are putting your basic intellect on display for everyone to see. And yes, you are a troll. So is your buddy FordMike 79.

jheartagram
jheartagram

@Richard--Ramirez @jheartagram 

Oh really your gonna smack me through your computer what a stupid retarded  dumb#%*  i mean really what a loser with no life why don't put the computer down and do something with that pathetic excuse for a life.