Thursday,August 8, the Philadelphia Eagles meet the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial. The quarterback questions continue as Michael Vick and Nick Foles both played aggressive in the last game, each leading their team to a touchdown after their drive. They also turned the ball over in each of their drives. Vick went three and out and was forced to punt, and Foles threw an interception.
Chip Kelly has been very vocal that the best man will win. The record doesn’t matter. Vick may have led his Eagles team to the playoffs in 2010, but he has done nothing recently to grant him any special favor in the quarterback race. However, there are many different voices out there that claim they can tap into Kelly’s mind and know where he is going to go.
Former head coach of the Birds, Dick Vermeil, was on the sidelines while the Eagles prepared for the New England Patriots. He told reporters that Vick will win the job saying:
“There are certain things he (Vick) can do, that was done in the Oregon offense when I watched it on television. And maybe those principles will be applied here.”
Vermeil was the head coach from 1976-1982 and has some credibility, but hopefully Kelly doesn’t have this mindset. What he has done, making the competition open, has resulted in two quarterbacks who were remarkably efficient despite the Eagles’ loss.
I want to see more of that against the Panthers. The second preseason game should allow us to view that quick paced offense with the numerous signals on the sidelines. After the game, Vick told reporters that only a third of the entire plays were used, so there is much more to see, and thus, much more to be evaluated.
Although many see Vick as one up on Foles, it is really a tie. Vick has yet to win the job. Let the competition continue and the best quarterback win.