It’s Almost A Definite That Nick Foles Will Start Against The CowboysBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
I was surprised to hear what Michael Vick and offensive coordination Pat Shurmur were saying this afternoon. I was sure the Eagles weren’t going to reveal which quarterback was starting on Sunday, but they let the cat of the bag today. The Cowboys can stop preparing to face Vick and now focus on preparing for Nick Foles and the Birds.
“I’m just trying to work every day to get myself back into a position where I can come out here and run full-speed down the field,” Vick said today.
“When I try to burst, the knot is there. I think another week of rehab could put me in a position where I can start gaining some confidence and doing things that I normally do.”
I didn’t think Vick was going to play this week. Hamstrings can fool you and it’s easy to come back too soon and end up prolonging the injury. Add to that the way Foles played on Sunday and it wouldn’t make sense to rush Vick back to action.
The only reason you would ever even consider rushing a player back with an injured hamstring would be because the guy taking over for him was a major drop off. That’s not the case here and Kelly has made it perfectly clear that the team didn’t lose anything by Vick getting hurt because of the way Foles has played.
Still everybody is wondering who is going to be the starting quarterback when Vick gets healthy.
“Coach Kelly will address those questions about who the quarterback is when both of them are healthy. At this point, we’ll go with Nick. When Mike’s healthy, we’ll have that discussion,” Shurmur said this morning.
I think Foles is gradually winning the confidence of Chip Kelly and the Eagles coaching staff. It would have been nearly impossible for him to play better than he did on Sunday against the Buccaneers. If Foles continues to play well, I think he’s going to take the starting job from Vick.
If you look at the age of the quarterbacks, Foles, who is in only his second-year in the NFL has a chance to be the quarterback of the future. Vick on the other hand at 34, has no chance to be the Eagles quarterback of the future. If they’re both playing well and close to the same level, it makes sense to go with the younger player, Foles. I think we’re headed in that direction if he continues to perform at this level.
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