Nick Or Vick? What Will Kelly Decide?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Does Kelly stick with the veteran Michael Vick? The starter turned onlooker Sunday due to injury. Should Foles be rewarded for not only helping the Eagles to a second consecutive win, but playing at a higher level than most anticipated?
How does a guy like Riley Cooper all of a sudden appear as a passing option? Was it more Foles or Desean Jackson that led our primary receiver to his first ever two touchdown reception game in the NFL?
The run game remained a viable option. Successful and aggressive even without the run-option threat that Vick provided. There were a few run-option looks, and Kelly was even gutsy enough to call a designed quarterback run on the opening drive. Things just looked different yesterday, and different is both good and confusing.
Forgotten players become relevant again. The offense as it has all season long amassed over 400 yards, however it was controlled better. Foles should have taken the sack on a few plays where he threw the ball into areas that other teams would have intercepted, but he played a great game. Now what Eagles fans, do we close the door on the Vick era in Philadelphia? Or do we plug the veteran quarterback back into the starting role because an injury should not force a player out of his job?
The Eagles are returning home, welcoming the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys with sole possession of “first place” for the better team on Sunday. The dilemma for the quarterback decision must weigh “only” what Chip feels should be weighed. I think we all know what Vick is going to give us at this point in his football career.
If Vick starts the game versus the Cowboys and takes an unnecessary hit or fails to score when the Eagles enter the red-zone, the fans will be calling for Foles. It could be as early as the first drive of the football game, not something the Eagles need to be hearing from the Philly faithful as they play their hated NFC East opponent.
The Eagles have seen six quarters of what Foles can do with a solid offensive line and offensive weapons behind the play-calling of Chip Kelly. What we don’t know is the potential of Foles; we have a feel, a sense of “limitation” to what he could provide as a season long starter. We have our top three list of college quarterbacks with whom we feel could compliment the style of offense Chip Kelly runs. At the same time we are merely speculators of what the Kelly offense actually is.
The argument could be made for either Vick or Foles to start if Vick is healthy enough for week 7. There are attributes that each quarterback provides the Eagles that the other does not. His decisions are based on linguistics that extends beyond the norm for what most coaches revert to for electing their starting quarterback.
Vick will not be back next season. If Foles were to provide enough for Kelly to believe he could build a championship team around, a first round pick could be devoted to a playmaking wide-receiver, linebacker, safety or cornerback.
Vick earned the starting job for week one.
Foles has demonstrated enough for the week seven start.
Vick holding a clipboard for the remainder of the season would be a very expensive decision.
What’s it going to be coach? You like intelligence, and minimum turnovers. The big play potential is there with McCoy and Jackson. The release is quicker from Foles. You praised him during your tenure at Oregon and his play at Arizona. He is now on your roster; the opportunity for him to start and finish a game is part of your brief NFL resume.
This has been a season many storylines, so another one unfolding is just another chapter to the Chip Kelly saga. We will wait, anticipate and scrutinize when and what the decision is made. I vote Foles and I feel many of the players and coaches would agree with me.
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