It was speculated about immediately following Michael Vick‘s hamstring injury in week five, but now it’s official – Nick Foles will start for the Philadelphia Eagles in week six. Foles finished Philadelphia’s game against the New York Giants and did it in impressive fashion. He ended up going 16 for 25 for 197 yards while finding the end zone on two occasions. His performance has to be taken with a grain of salt given that the Giants are terrible, but that won’t stop chatter of a quarterback controversy from taking place.
At this point, there is no controversy. Chip Kelly has gone out of his way to be clear that this is Vick’s team. I believe him, that if Vick was healthy, he’d be starting in week six. But that’s not the case and Foles is getting the nod. Given this reality, the door has been opened for a QB controversy.
We’ve been here before. A similar scenario occurred last year, but Vick’s injury was much more serious. Foles took over the team, but ultimately he didn’t play well enough to win the job permanently. But it’s now a year later and the second-year QB has a lot more pro football under his belt.
I don’t think there’s any question that if Foles comes out and tears it up this Sunday, that he’ll be the signal-caller moving forward. If he keeps his current momentum going, there’s no reason for Kelly to go back to Vick.
If the second-year QB keeps rolling, Vick’s tenure in Philly could finally come to an end.