Michael Vick named Eagles starting QB over Nick Foles
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told reporters Tuesday that Michael Vick will open the season as the starting quarterback.
Nick Foles will be the backup.
Kelly’s announcement came moments after the Browns announced Brandon Weeden would be their starting quarterback. That leaves three teams — the Raiders, Jets and Bills — who are still, at least officially, holding a competition for the starting job.
Vick was the favorite to win the job in Kelly’s fast-paced offense, which at Oregon required the quarterback to make plays with his feet.
The 33-year-old Vick hasn’t played 16 games since 2006. Since 2010 he’s played in 12, 13 and 10 games, in respective order. Last year he passed for 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 58 percent passing.
Foles, a third-round pick in 2012, started six games in 2012 for the injured Vick, completing 60.8 percent of his passes for six scores and five picks.
Kelly met with the QBs today to tell them. Vick is the QB for the season. Wanted to get a guy in place to prepare for season.—
Zach Berman (@ZBerm) August 20, 2013