Chip Kelly addresses the Eagles' QB situation
Nick Foles threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday, starting in place of the injured Michael Vick. (AP)
TAMPA, Fla. – Head coach Chip Kelly left the door open for Nick Foles to replace Michael Vick as the Eagles’ starting quarterback Sunday, saying, “We’ll evaluate everything,” when asked whether Foles had done enough against the Buccaneers to keep the job once Vick is healthy.
Foles made his first start of the season Sunday and completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions (see story) in a 31-20 win at Raymond James Stadium (see Instant Replay).
Asked after the game whether Foles played at a high enough level to keep the starting job over Vick, Kelly said: “We’ll evaluate everything. We’ll go back and watch the film, see what he did, see where we are, see where Mike is.”
Vick missed the game Sunday with a hamstring injury he suffered late in the second quarter of the Eagles’ win over the Giants last weekend.
His status for the Dallas game Sunday at the Linc is unknown.
So far this year, Foles has completed 67 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions and a 127.9 passer rating.
Vick has completed 54 percent of his passes with five TDs and two interceptions and a 90.7 rating along with 307 rushing yards. Asked after the game whether he was concerned about his status as the starter, Vick said, "Not at all" (see story).
And according to LeSean McCoy, Vick shouldn't be.
"We have two starting quarterbacks, yes, Mike Vick and Nick Foles. They both can play," McCoy said. "Mike is the starter. Coach Kelly made that clear, but if he needs Nick to step in and make some plays he’ll do that. But Mike is the guy we go with. He’s the starting quarterback, no matter what this town says or what outsiders want. It was Coach Kelly’s call and that’s the call he’s made."