As I predicted, after a Nick Foles strong showing in Sunday’s 31-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chip Kelly wasn’t so quick to back Michael Vick as the Eagles starting quarterback for next week’s showdown against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I don’t answer hypotheticals,” Kelly said when asked if Michael Vick would still be the team’s starting quarterback when he is healthy.
So Kelly wouldn’t commit, but spoke glowingly about how well Foles ran his offense.
“He did a really good job,” Kelly said. “He ran our offense. He did a really good job of spreading the ball around to different receivers.”
A week ago, Kelly said that Vick would be the starter once he returned to full health, but left the door open by saying that anything could happen if Foles played out of his mind. I think it is safe to say Foles might have played pretty close to out of his mind, going 22-31, while throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns.
Some of Vick and Fole’s teammates spoke on the matter, prior to hearing Kelly’s non-commital postgame speech, and had interesting thoughts.
“Mike is the starter,” running back LeSean McCoy said. “Coach Kelly made that clear, but if he needs Nick tostep in and make some plays, then he’ll do that. Mike’s the guy we go with, he’s the starting quarterback, no matter what the town says or what the outsiders want. It’s Coach Kelly’s call and that’s the call he’s made.”
Mike is the choice that Chip has made thus far, but at the very least he appears to be considering going with Nick Foles for next week’s divisional showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.
DeSean Jackson, who perhaps has been Michael Vick’s biggest supporter, gave Foles credit postgame for tossing him a redzone touchdown for the second straight week.
“Second week in a row I’ve had a red zone touchdown,” Jackson said. “I always felt like I can be a threat regardless of where the ball is on the field.”
Jackson has always been blunt in supporting Vick, but the fact that he gave Foles any support is a step in the right direction if you are Foles. He never gave Kevin Kolb an ounce of support whether it as through the media, or through his body language on the field.
So who do the Eagles go with for next week and the rest of the season? I believe Nick Foles is the right answer, and in the video below, I explain why.