Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws the ball to wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly won't name starter after QB Nick Foles shines


Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles might not be a backup much longer.

After his team’s 31-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday that saw Foles go 22 of 31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns, head coach Chip Kelly refused to name a starter after the game, according to Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com.

“We’ll evaluate everything,” Kelly said. “We’ll see where we are, see where Mike is.”

Kelly was also asked if Michael Vick would start if healthy.

“I don’t deal in hypotheticals, and I don’t make any predictions,” Kelly said. “Let’s see where [Vick] is.”

Foles ran for a touchdown in the game against the Bucs, but ended up with just 2 yards on 3 carries.  There is no question Vick is the better runner of the two, but he has completed just 53.8% of his passes this season and has lost three games and won only two as the starter.

When asked, Vick wasn’t worried about losing the starting job when he gets back from a hamstring injury.

“That’s not something I’m going to worry about,” Vick said. “I’m going to worry about getting healthy. We haven’t talked about [who's starting]. There’s no need to talk about it.”

Conventional wisdom says Vick will start due to his multidimensional ability and experience, but it must be nice for Eagles’ fans to have Foles if anything happens, who has certainly proven himself more than capable.

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  • Force Recon

    Wow! Dude you are really going way out of your way to stir up a QB controversy. I saw that interview with Kelly. He isn’t naming a starter, because he is not sure if Vick will be healthy. Do you really believe Kelly is going to bench Vick for Foles after Vick played thru the toughest part of the schedule (that included undefeated Denver and undefeated KC) and Foles played well against two winless teams (oh and just a reminder Vick was in the process of having a monster game against NY when he got hurt). Additionally, in those first few games the defense was still trying to find themselves. Just now the D is coming around, albeit against NY and Tampa. You sports writers are stupider than I thought. But more importantly it really shows how irresponsible you guys are by continuously using your medium to drive your personal agendas.

  • Moby Dick

    Vick will go if he’s healthy. If not, it’s Foles. But Chip did hold back this week, I did notice the change in his tone. If Foles can run like Aaron Rodgers, that would be enough I think, but…

  • GoEagles147

    Vick multidimensional? If being multidimensional means running and committing turnovers then maybe. The guy can’t make a simple read and throw. He never has been able to do that his entire career. He waits to a guy is open by 10 yards to make a throw. I’m sorry that is not impressive to me. He has had enough time in this league. He is clearly not going to get better. Give the kid a shot!

  • Force Recon

    My sense in Kelly’s tone is he is just tired of dealing with the Philly Media idiots. They keep asking him that same freakin question after every pass, play, down, quarter, half, game. Dang give it a rest and let the man coach and let the team play. I think Kelly was answering more to the question of will Vick play against the Cowboys and not to who the starter will be going forward the rest of the year. That is why he kept saying he needs to see where Vick is (meaning his health). And that is where the players are with this. I think they are just so tired of all the agendas coming from this sick Philly Media. When you listen to the players after this game and the questions about the QB, especially McCoy, they really shut the media down hard. McCoy basically told the media to go f**k themselves, Vick is our QB, and Foles is a great back up, and we don’t care what you jackasses think. Bravo Mr McCoy!!! Oh and great game too.