Nick Foles came to play on Sunday and despite some struggles reading the blitz behind a leaky offensive line, he put up a quality performance. He operated the offense with speed and efficiency, increasing the red zone scoring and not turning the ball over. He got the ball to Riley Cooper, who somehow turned into a player for the afternoon. At the end of the game, he killed the clock with help from LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown.
Overall, it had to be a game Michael Vick was dreading to watch.
I know the guy with the clipboard is the most popular guy in the city when the starter struggles and gets hurt. It would have been a different result if Foles came in and struggled, but he did not and after the game, Chip Kelly did not firmly commit to returning to Vick against the Dallas Cowboys next week. Could this be a case of extending Vick’s “recovery” time from his leg injury? We will have to see as the week progresses.
Talk in the city will surely be hot and heavy between camps of Vick and Foles supporters. Before things get crazy, we have to understand something. Neither Vick nor Foles is Kelly’s franchise quarterback. Vick is on his way out of a one-year deal. Foles, despite a strong performance, is not as mobile as the ideal spread/read-option quarterback. Matt Barkley still waits in the wings for his shot and is worth getting a look at when the time is right.
For now, fans need to enjoy the win and hope the Philadelphia Eagles can keep bringing the momentum back to Lincoln Financial Field and actually get a win at home for once. Philadelphia need to take this season one week at a time. If Foles starts and plays well against the Cowboys, I don’t see how Vick can get back on the field.
It may be worth seeing what the Eagles have with Foles and at least building up a strong piece of trade bait. Get ready Eagle Nation, the fire is just starting on a grand quarterback controversy. We can only wait for Kelly to make his choice and give the Eagles the best chance for a victory in an important division game next week.