Foles Makes His Case to be the Starting QB; Kelly Mum on Topic
Following Sunday's win at Tampa, coach Chip Kelly declined to name a week seven starting quarterback.
"We'll evaluate everything," Kelly said after Sunday's 31-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "We'll see where we are, see where Mike is."
Nick Foles started this week for an injured Mike Vick and completed 22-of-31 passes for 296 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and ran for another score . With a performance like that, we have a quarterback controversy on our hands in Philly.
Vick was never expected to play despite being listed as questionable and is targeting a week seven return against the Cowboys, but admitted there is still work that needs to be done to get back to full health.
"Right now, still working to get back to it -- get to 100 percent, you know," Vick stated on Saturday from the team hotel in Tampa. "So it's going to be a long road."
However, healthy or not, Vick said he is not going to worry about his job status.
"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."
But that will be the talk all week long on the sports-talk radio airwaves. The question will go back-and-forth all week - who gives the Eagles the best chance to win, who moves the team better, Vick or Foles?
Eagles fans seem to be divided on this one, Foles has had a ton of early success, however the two opponents he has faced are a combined 0-11 on the season. The record of the teams Vick, who is 1-3 as the starter, has faced are 14-6, including a pair of 6-0 teams; Denver and Kansas City.
Foles proved a lot of things today that were questioned during the week, including the ability for the team to run the ball with LeSean McCoy. McCoy rushed 25 times for 116 yards and caught two passes for 55 yards. Foles also showed he can go down the field if asked to; finding Riley Cooper four times for 120 yards with one 47-yard touchdown and also connecting with DeSean Jackson with six passes for 64 yards with two touchdowns.
"Our offense doesn't change whether Mike is in there or Nick's in there," Kelly said. "Nick executed that perfectly."
The Eagles play Dallas next Sunday, you can listen to the game on 97.3 ESPN.