It has been quite clear for some time that Nick Foles deserves to be the permanent starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, head coach Chip Kelly was unsure of himself because he didn’t want to rule out Michael Vick. That all changed on Tuesday when Kelly named Foles the starter for the rest of the season and Vick as the backup.
There is no question it’s a smart move on the part of the Eagles. Even Vick understands that Foles is playing at a high enough level in which he gives Philadelphia the best chance to win. The fact is Vick just wants to do what’s best for the team, which clearly means letting Foles take complete control of the offense without the pressure of losing his job on a whim.
“They understand the situation,” Kelly told ESPN. “Mike wants to contribute any way he can. That’s the type of guy he is. Great teammate, great leader. He’s been great for Nick, in terms of helping him develop. We’ve got a good situation. We’ve got two quarterbacks who can win games in the NFL, and you need both of them.”
The reason Kelly most likely took so long to name Foles the starter is because he wanted to make sure the 24-year-old could handle the job over a lengthy period of games. It’s one thing to have an incredible performance and toss seven touchdowns in one contest, but it’s another to consistently put the team in position to win games over a span of several weeks. Obviously, Foles has accomplished that.
Foles has outplayed Vick in every sense of the word. His 16 touchdowns and no interceptions is by far the biggest reason he will take the reins. Not to mention, the players seem to respond to Foles as evidence of Philadelphia’s three-game win streak.