Preseason game three is often regarded as the biggest game on the NFL preseason schedule, because the starters usually go three full quarters before resting in Week four of the preseason. However, if you were Nick Foles or Michael Vick and you are competing to be the starter, Week two was rather important with public pressure for the Eagles to name a starting quarterback prior to their preseason Week three showdown vs the Jaguars.
After a stellar week one from both Michael Vick and Nick Foles, Foles got the nod as the starter in week two, simply because Vick started in Week one. While Chip Kelly hasn’t publicly given an edge to either quarterback, you got the feeling that coming into game two that Foles needed to outplay Vick to really have a shot to be the starting quarterback.
Nick Foles threw a costly interception on his first drive, which simply was something that he could not afford to have happen. Not only was Nick Foles not as fit to run Chip Kelly’s offense as Vick, but one of the things going against Vick was how much he turned the ball over last season. Foles turning it over, didn’t help his case against Vick.
Foles rebounded on the next drive, to score a touchdown after a LeSean McCoy rush put the Eagles inside the ten-yard line. It was a solid scramble from Foles that was created by a solid block from Riley Cooper.
Still, the turnover from Foles, and the fact that he didn’t have any standout plays hurt his case to be the starter.
Michael Vick made it pretty clear in the second-quarter who had the most potential to be great in Kelly’s offense. Vick went nine of ten while throwing for 105 yards and mixing in 20 rushing yards. Not only did Vick efficiently run a crazy-fast offense, but he avoided big hits, set his feet well in the pocket, and only scrambled when he had a clear rushing lane.
Vick didn’t throw for any touchdowns, but a solid drive set LeSean McCoy up for his first rushing touchdown.
The Eagles did get the ball back with less than a minute, on their own 40 and an attempt to put some points on the board prior to halftime ended in a Michael Vick hail mary interception. That part wasn’t ideal, but neither was Lane Johnson getting destroyed on that drive to leave Vick with no time in the pocket, so it’s tough to hold much against Vick for that turnover.
I came into training camp in the minority group that felt like maybe Nick Foles would be a better fit in Chip Kelly’s offense because of his quick decision making and bigger stature. Through two pre-season games Foles has been solid, but that’s it. Vick has been incredibly impressive, and at this point I would be shocked if Chip takes another game to pick his starting quarterback. Mike Vick is the clear winner of the quarterback competition at this point.