What They’re Saying: Players and Coaches React to Vick Being Named Eagles' QB

What They’re Saying: Players and Coaches React to Vick Being Named Eagles' QB

Chip Kelly dropped some big news today, naming Mike Vick the Eagles’ starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Washington Redskins and the foreseeable future. He probably could have waited another week to make an announcement, but Vick was clearly ahead of Nick Foles after the last preseason game and that was unlikely to change, so why wait?

Reactions from players are slowly trickling out of the NovaCare Complex. Chip Kelly had a press conference, while the quarterbacks all spoke to the media. Other players were still finding out hours after the fact it seems, but reporters were able to get a few of them to comment on the result. Here are some of their reactions.

Chip at his press conference, as transcribed by PhiladelphiaEagles.com:

Q. How did Nick Foles take the news today?

COACH KELLY: "Nick was great.  Nick is a professional.  He was outstanding.  Nick and Mike have a great relationship together.  They're both pulling for each other and that is part of it.  For us to have a good football team, two key ingredients are chemistry and attitude.  When you see two guys like that approach this situation in that manner, I think it reflects great on the entire team. But you've got two class guys in Mike and Nick, and I think they're both rooting for each other.  You don't have to look any farther than last night's game with the Redskins, where RG3 [Robert Griffin III] is on the sideline and Kirk Cousins goes down in the second quarter, and they're down in the third quarter. In this league, you better have a couple of quarterbacks ready to go.  I mentioned that again to Nick today.  I think Nick is going to approach it that he's the starter, because that's got to be his mentality going into this and prepare like he's a starter.  And Mike was great when I met with him. Mike said I'm going to look at this like it's an open competition, because I've got to go out and continue to get better every day.  So I think both of those guys and really the entire quarterback room and meeting with those guys, I think their attitudes have been outstanding."

Michael Vick demonstrating a positive, team-first attitude after coming out on top:

Nick Foles, who obviously got some difficult news today:

Matt Barkley was never very involved in the supposedly open competition. His thoughts:

LeSean McCoy, perhaps the offense’s true star, weighs in:

DeSean Jackson, who in the past made it no secret that he thought Vick would win the job:

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry of how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 - the last previous time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a massive one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.

Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

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Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

Bol Bol, the 17-year-old son of the late Manute Bol, is a top high school basketball prospect with offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas and Creighton. This highlight tape should give you an idea why.
 
Bol, whose father played in the NBA for parts of 12 seasons, including 215 games for the Sixers, now attends the famed Mater Dei High School in California and played in his first game of the season this past weekend. Listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout, Bol started his season off with a big 21-point, 10-rebound effort.
 
Take a look at the highlight tape from the 6-foot-11 Bol and expect to see him carry on his father’s legacy on the court at a major NCAA college basketball program soon.