Chip Kelly: Nick Foles is the Eagles starter moving forward

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

The guy on the left will start instead of the guy on the right. (USATSI)
The guy on the left will start instead of the guy on the right. (USATSI)

Michael Vick showed some generosity last week when he asked the rhetorical question: how can you take Nick Foles out of the starting lineup when he's played so well up to this point?

Vick also showed some impressive foresight, because Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters Tuesday that Foles would start again this week vs. the Cardinals and would remain in that position moving forward. If Vick is healthy enough this week, Kelly said, he'll be the No. 2 quarterback.

Vick, who's been bothered by a bad hamstring and has missed the past four games, is expected to practice fully this week. But with a 2-4 record as the starter, he doesn't compare to Foles, who has won his last three starts and has helped lead the Eagles to a first-place tie in the NFC East.

Oh, and he's thrown 16 touchdowns this season and zero interceptions.

"I've been in this stage before, and I know what it's like," Vick said last week." 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. I trust what's going on, I enjoy being a part of it, I love the game of football in general. So it's important to me to be there in support and be ready if my name and number is called again.”

But will his number be called again? What if Foles falters in the next start or two? Will Kelly then look at reinserting a presumably-healthy Vick back into the starting lineup?

The next question, of course, is whether Kelly trusts Foles enough to install him as the quarterback after the 2013 season. To that query, there is no answer.

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