Eagle Eye: Nick Foles vs. Buccaneers
Nick Foles on Sunday against the Giants completed 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. (USA Today Images)
And you thought the competition for the Eagles’ starting quarterback job ended when Chip Kelly named Michael Vick the starter in August?
Kelly said Monday that if Nick Foles plays well enough in place of the injured Vick, he could conceivably remain the Eagles’ starting quarterback once Vick is healthy.
“If he plays well? Yeah, there’s always open competition,” Kelly said. “So if Nick goes out there and throws 100-for-100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then, yeah.”
Should we take Kelly literally? Is it genuinely possible for Foles to win the job back over a healthy Vick?
Kelly likes to promote an atmosphere where every player has a chance to win a starting job if he plays well enough, but in reality, it would probably be virtually impossible for Foles to play well enough to become the permanent starter at this point.
“If someone comes in and puts on an unbelievable performance,” Kelly said, “you have to take it all into account.”
How well would Foles have to play to continue as the starter?
“I don't know,” Kelly said. “I don't have those answers. We can go through this a million times. If Nick plays this week and does an outstanding job, that would be great for everybody involved.”
Kelly on Monday called Vick “day to day” one day after Vick pulled a hamstring during a scramble late in the second quarter of the Eagles-Giants game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
“I don't know if he'll play Sunday,” Kelly said. “We'll see how he goes through the rehab process.
A league source told CSNPhilly.com that Vick won’t play Sunday (see story), when the Eagles try to reach .500 with a game against the winless Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
But Kelly said he didn’t know the results of Vick’s MRI and said no decision has been made on his status for Sunday.
“We have not made any decision on who our starting quarterback is going to be next week,” he said.
If Vick sits, this would make this the fourth straight year he’s missed starts because of injury. He missed three each in 2010 and 2011 with rib injuries and five last year with a concussion.
On Sunday, after the Eagles ended their three-game losing streak, Kelly said Vick would continue as the starter as soon as he’s healthy.
Foles threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a little over a half Sunday as the Eagles beat the Giants 36-21.
Vick was 6-for-14 for 105 yards with 79 rushing yards before leaving the game.
Vick opened the season with two brilliant performances. Against the Redskins and Chargers, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 631 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. In 2 ½ games since, he’s completed 47 percent of his passes for 554 yards with one TD and two interceptions.
Foles was 1-5 in six starts in place of Vick last year. So far this year, he’s completed 19 of 30 passes for 246 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Foles’ only career win as a starter came in Tampa last year, when he threw for a career-high 381 yards with two touchdowns, including a game-winning, last-minute TD to Jeremy Maclin with no time left on the clock in Andy Reid’s final win as head coach of the Eagles.
In his first 42 career pass attempts, Foles threw three interceptions. Since then, he’s thrown just two in 252 attempts.