Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) leaves the field after the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won the game 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly could indirectly name the Eagles starting Quarterback Monday


Michael Vick is expected to get the start in the Eagles third pre-season game against the Jaguars Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After reports that Michael Vick got a majority of the first-team snaps on Saturday’s practice, Chip Kelly was asked where exactly the Eagles stand on potentially naming a potential starting quarterback prior to next Saturday’s preseason week three showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“They 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,” Kelly said.

Kelly gave  Zach Berman of the Philly Inquirer that quote, which led most people to just assume that if Kelly was leading towards picking a starter anytime soon, he wasn’t going to give the public any indication of whether it was Vick or Foles, or when he was going to make the choice public.

That was the only quote that most people read in the entire article, but actually the two paragraphs prior to Kelly’s quote told us more about the quarterback competition.

Coach Chip Kelly said after Saturday’s practice that his staff will meet Monday to determine how to distribute playing time against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The third preseason game is traditionally the one in which starters play the longest. Michael Vick and Nick Foles split starts and playing time in the first two games, so the third game could provide a clue to Kelly’s thinking.

So let’s put those two paragraphs together. Kelly and his staff are likely to decide tomorrow whether Vick or Foles gets to play a majority of the first half on Saturday. And since the third preseason game is where starters usually play the longest, Kelly doesn’t need to name an official starter prior to week three. Kelly simply needs to show us who the starter is by playing either Vick or Foles for a majority of the game.

There really isn’t a question of who will start, it’s going to be Michael Vick. But if Vick gets to play the entire first half or even the first three quarters, it will answer any questions on who the starting quarterback is, barring a very poor showing from Vick.

But, if Vick plays the first quarter and Foles gets the second quarter, then it means that Kelly is still giving Foles an equal shot to be the starting quarterback.

Either way, Monday is going to be a very crucial day in deciding who the Eagles starting quarterback is. Either Vick will get the nod, whether or not he is officially named the starter for the regular season remains to be seen, or Kelly and his staff will decide that they want to give both Foles and Vick another game to prove why they should be the starter.

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