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Chip Kelly searching for answers
Nick Foles might be hurt, Mike Vick is hurt, and Matt Barkley just threw three interceptions. Which QB will start next week against the Giants is anyone's guess. (USA Today Images)
It’s hard to see Chip Kelly going back to Nick Foles after the second-year quarterback bombed in his second start of the season.
Right now, though, Kelly has only one healthy quarterback. And that guy just threw three interceptions in one quarter (see story).
Moments after a 17-3 loss to Dallas at the Linc (see Instant Replay), Kelly had no clue who’d be his starting quarterback for Sunday’s home division showdown against the Giants.
Mike Vick was inactive against the Cowboys as he continues to progress slowly from a hamstring pull, and Foles left late in the third quarter to be examined for a concussion (see story), leaving rookie Matt Barkley as the team’s only healthy quarterback.
Asked if Vick would be the starter going forward, Kelly declined to name anyone until he has all the health information.
“I can’t answer that question because I don’t know if he can go,” Kelly added. “I can say, ‘Yeah, he’s my starter,’ and then find out he can’t play.”
Vick last week said the knot in his upper left leg still felt tight and has said the road to full recovery could be long. He was active against Tampa only because the team had no emergency quarterback with James Casey sidelined by a groin injury.
Vick had declared himself out of the Dallas game last week even though Kelly hadn’t ruled Vick out. The team still listed Vick as questionable on the injury report.
This week, Kelly said Vick needs to feel 100 percent at practice to start against the Giants.
“He needs to prove it to himself,” Kelly said. “I’m always going to trust Mike. I think Mike understands himself. He felt like he wasn’t at top end and he couldn’t do what he needs to do for him to be effective. I think not a lot of guys do that. Not a lot of guys will tell you exactly where they are. They just say, ‘Hey, I’m good.'
“I think Mike understands his body and we’re going to continue to listen to him. He’s worked extremely hard with our strength and conditioning staff and our trainers in terms of trying to get himself healthy. He had a good workout [Sunday] morning, so we’ll see where he is when we get to Tuesday and we start practicing again.”
Kelly said he had “no idea” if Foles could still be sidelined by Sunday because of the head injury that forced him out of game, but he’s not ready to give up on Foles after one awful performance.
“I think you have to look at [quarterbacks] through the whole body of work in terms of what he can and can’t do,” Kelly said. “You hopefully like to chalk it up as just a bad day. But we’ll see with all those guys is how do we come back to work Tuesday? If we’re feeling sorry for ourselves, the Giants aren't feeling sorry for us. They’re going to be ready and prepared when they come in here next week.”