After Michael Vick suffered a hamstring injury on a run against the New York Giants that forced him to miss the remainder of that game, Nick Foles stepped in and played well. It has now been reported that the injury will not only force Vick to miss the team’s upcoming game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but may force him to miss their date with arch rivals Dallas Cowboys in two weeks. Regardless, it appears that Vick will not be the victim of a situation very similar to the one that landed him the job in 2010 after taking over for the concussed Kevin Kolb.
While Kelly left the possibility of Foles playing his way into the starting position, he did make it known that it would take a lot for that to happen. Via Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com, Kelly said, “Theres always open competition. If Nick goes out there and goes 100-for-100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then yeah.”
100-for-100 for 27 touchdowns is out of the question, and Foles would not have to be literally perfect to take over the job, but it would take one or two outstanding performances. Kelly made it clear when he appointed Vick the starter that he was the guy for the season.