After two preseason games and dozens of practices, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made his decision to go with veteran quarterback Michael Vick as the starter for week one over second-year QB Nick Foles. This decision announced on Tuesday effectively ends the quarterback competition in Philadelphia.
Many thought Vick was the favorite to win the job being that he was the more experienced quarterback and his playing style seems tailor-made for Kelly’s offense. As arguably the most athletic quarterback in the history of the league, Vick has the ability to run Kelly’s up-tempo offseason to a tee, as he is capable of completing short and intermediate passes, while also being able to run the read-option to keep defenses honest.
Thus far in the preseason, Vick has run a rather vanilla version of the offense almost perfectly, as he has completed 87% of his passes, and thrown for one touchdown.
Vick’s first start in the Kelly-era will come on Monday night football on September 9th against division rival’s, the Washington Redskins.