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Nick or Vick? The People’s Choice vs. the Safe Choice

October 16th, 2013 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on Nick or Vick? The People’s Choice vs. the Safe Choice | Filed in Football, General, Sports


It’s the great quarterback controversy of 2013: Nick or Vick? Now that second-year signal caller Nick Foles has an impressive, complete-game victory under his belt this season – Sunday’s 31-20 win over Tampa Bay, the same team he defeated last December for his first win as a starter – it’s the big debate for Eagles fans this week. The question, simply put: If Michael Vick is healthy, who should start at quarterback, Nick or Vick?

Most fans seem to prefer Foles over Vick as their quarterback of choice: A poll had the 24-year-old Foles with a whopping 3-to-1 lead as of Monday evening. But the decision, of course, will ultimately be made by the head coach.

With Vick still working to recover from his hamstring injury suffered against the Giants, Chip Kelly – not surprisingly – was noncommittal at his day-after news conference Monday regarding which quarterback would get first-team reps this week ahead of Sunday’s first-place battle against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. “Until we know what the health is, I’m not saying what anybody isn’t or anybody is … All our decisions on who’s going to play are based on health.”

Does that mean the job is Vick’s once he’s back at 100%? Not necessarily. In that same news conference, Kelly said “all of our decisions are based on who’s going to give us the best opportunity to win.” Hmmm. (Remember, back in August, Kelly awarded the starting job to the 33-year-old Vick, saying he was his “starter for the season,” which we thought might mean for the entire season. Maybe not.)

Why Kelly might stick with Vick: To be fair, the veteran southpaw had played pretty well this year prior to his injury. Despite completing just 54% of NFL: Philadelphia Eagles-Minicamphis passes, he threw for five touchdowns in his four-and-a-half games with just two interceptions, and his 8.98 yards-per-attempt is a career high. His passer rating of 90.6 is his best since his big 2010 season (100.2). And, although the head coach won’t say it, Vick – when he’s on his gam – probably is the better fit for the uptempo offense Kelly likes to run.


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