Posted November 22, 2013

Michael Vick: Nick Foles should remain Eagles’ starting quarterback

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Michael Vick has three interceptions and four fumbles this season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Nick Foles has 16 touchdown passes, two rushing touchdowns and zero interceptions this season and has led the Eagles to first place in the NFC East at 6-5. While head coach Chip Kelly continues to say the starting quarterback job is a week-to-week proposition, even Michael Vick doesn’t think Foles’ hot streak can be overlooked.

“In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing so well?” said Vick, who is still healing from a nagging hamstring injury, about the 24-year-old Foles during his weekly radio spot on 94 WIP in Philadelphia.

“I’ve been in this stage before, and I know what it’s like. I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction or put our team or our coaches in a position where they feel like they’re not doing the right thing, or I feel like they’re not doing the right thing.

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Foles’ streak of 199 straight passes without an interception is second in franchise history and he leads the NFL with a 127.9 passer rating. In six games, Vick completed 54.6 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

“[Foles] had an opportunity to learn from me this year and last year and just sit behind me and pick my brain, and he also went out and played the game, and now he’s just taking that and everything is unfolding for him,” Vick, the four-time Pro Bowler, said. “He can potentially be a starter in this league for a long time. It’s just about timing, as of right now. As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to continue to build that case.”

The Eagles are on their bye week before playing host to the Cardinals in Week 13.

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7 comments
811rak
811rak

I have disliked Vick since he came into the league, and always considered him overrated and, frankly, a scumbag.  But the man has changed over the years. This would not have been said years ago, but it has been said now, and I believe he's sincere.  Does he still want to start?  Of course he does.  He's an athlete.  But he's saying the right things, and in today's loony-tunes NFL world, where everyone seems to be calling everyone else out, that's something.

6marK6
6marK6

Thanks, Captain Obvious.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I'm a Vick hater because I think he's overrated.  However, I give the man a lot of credit.  He's handled this situation with class and dignity.  He's been a model citizen since he came to Philly and most of us did not want him here.  I wish Mike luck and good fortune in all his future endeavors.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

The man seems to have matured a lot. One of the best things one can say about anybody. They say they are friends and this is one way to show a bit of loyalty and selflessness. That said, I truly despise the Eagles.

BlueZoo
BlueZoo

It takes some guts to say this about the new wunderkind on the block when you have been the starter.  Mr. Vick is 33 now and beaten up.  We really don't know yet if Foles is the answer for the Eagles but it sure is fun watching him.  Kudos to Vick for recognizing the talent Foles has!

Centennial
Centennial

Wow! Not that he really could have said anything else - but Mr Vick has just gone up a few notches in my estimation of his character.