Michael Vick: Eagles starting quarterback should be named before training camp
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said Thursday that he wants head coach Chip Kelly to name a starting quarterback before the team enters training camp in late July.
“Hopefully, Chip makes a decision before training camp and we won’t have to answer that question,” Vick told CSNPhilly.com, “so we can go out there as quarterbacks and just focus on this season and not answer questions about competition every day.”
Some of Kelly’s recent statements suggest that he’s not in any rush to pick a starter between Vick and young quarterback Nick Foles.
Just more than a week ago, Kelly told reporters that there was no “need” to name a starting quarterback in May. And he suggested that it was too early to name a starter based on limited team activities thus far. The Eagles’ final day of minicamp was Thursday, and the team won’t practice again as a group until training camp begins in late July. Throughout minicamp, Vick and Foles split first-team reps.
“Right now we haven’t done a thing in front of officials,” Kelly said, according to Pro Football Talk. “We haven’t done anything except we’ve had three days of voluntary minicamp before the draft, and today was our seventh OTA. So none of us have had any thoughts of ‘Hey, we’ve got to get a guy named by a certain point in time.’ It will play itself out. It will play itself out over the course of time when we’ve had an opportunity to make a thorough evaluation. It is a big decision. When you make a big decision, you have to take your time and let it play itself out on the field.”