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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:

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Instant Replay: Phillies 9, Astros 0

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Instant Replay: Phillies 9, Astros 0

BOX SCORE

Aaron Nola pitched another beauty and batterymate Cameron Rupp smacked a pair of two-run homers to lift the Phillies to a 9-0 win over the powerful Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

The Astros entered the ballgame averaging a majors-best 7.9 runs in 19 games in July and they had outscored the Phillies, 18-4, in winning the first two games of the series. Nola held them scoreless for six innings.

The Phillies are 35-64.

Houston has the best record in the American League at 67-34.

Starting pitching report
Nola (8-6) held the Astros to four hits over six shutout innings. He walked one and struck out 10, a career high.

Over his last seven starts, Nola is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA. He has struck out 60 batters in that span and walked just 14. Opponents have hit just .189.

Houston right-hander Mike Fiers (7-5) gave up five hits and three runs over four innings.

Bullpen report
Luis Garcia, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris completed the shutout for the Phillies.

Houston right-hander Michael Feliz was hit hard. He gave up eight hits, including two homers, and six runs in two innings of work.

At the plate
Rupp became the first Phillies catcher since Mike Lieberthal in 2006 to hit two homers in a game. Maikel Franco clubbed his 15th homer. Tommy Joseph doubled twice, singled and walked.

Houston hit machine Jose Altuve had a pair of hits, raising his hitting streak to 18 games. He leads the majors in hitting at .365.

Health check
Trade candidate Howie Kendrick left the game with soreness in his left hand. He was hit by a pitch. It's unclear how that will affect his trade status. The Phillies might have to wait until after Monday's non-waiver trade deadline to deal him. Players traded after Monday must first clear waivers.

Reliever Pat Neshek is the Phillie most likely to be dealt before the deadline. The Phils have received extensive interest in him.

Transaction
The Phillies placed Daniel Nava on the disabled list and activated Aaron Altherr from the DL. Altherr started in center field in place of Odubel Herrera, who was not benched (see story).

Up next
The Phillies are off on Thursday. They host the Atlanta Braves in a four-game series beginning on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday night -- RHP Jeremy Hellickson (6-5, 4.73) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (7-8, 4.76)

Saturday night -- RHP Jerad Eickhoff (2-7, 4.71) vs. LHP Sean Newcomb (1-5, 4.81)

Sunday afternoon -- RHP Vince Velasquez (2-6, 5.49) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (6-7, 4.31)

Monday afternoon -- RHP Nick Pivetta (3-6, 5.73) vs. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 3.82).