Kelly: No call on top Eagles QB until Vick OK

Updated: November 11, 2013, 2:42 PM ET


By
Phil Sheridan | ESPN.com


PHILADELPHIA — As long as Michael Vick isn’t healthy, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he doesn’t plan to name a starting quarterback.

Nick Foles, whose past two games have placed him in statistical company with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, will take first-team practice reps Tuesday, Kelly said.

Kelly I think what we’ve done for the last two weeks has worked for us pretty good. So we’re going to stick to that. It’s gotten us 16 touchdowns, no interceptions and two wins, so why would we change?

Chip Kelly, on the Eagles’ QB situation

“I think what we’ve done for the last two weeks has worked for us pretty good,” Kelly said Monday. “So we’re going to stick to that. It’s gotten us 16 touchdowns, no interceptions and two wins, so why would we change?”

The 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions are actually Foles’ totals for the season. He has 10 TD passes over the past two games, including a seven-touchdown game against the Oakland Raiders in Week 9.

Foles and Manning are among the seven quarterbacks to throw seven touchdown passes in one game. Foles and Brady are the only quarterbacks to throw 10 in consecutive games with no interceptions.

But still, Foles is not technically the Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback.

“I’m not worried about that,” Foles said Sunday. “Whatever the situation is, I respect it and I’m going to work hard. I respect Chip, and whatever the situation is, I’m going to be there to support whoever’s playing.”

By contrast, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy named Scott Tolzien his starter for next week within minutes of his team’s 27-13 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. There was no waiting to see how Seneca Wallace‘s injury was progressing.

Kelly said he plans to take it day by day — at least until Vick is healthy.

“When that day comes, we’ll have a discussion,” Kelly said. “That day’s not here. It’s who’s up, who’s available. I’ve had guys go down on Friday, so why does it really matter who I say is the starter for the next Sunday’s game?”

When Kelly named Vick the No. 1 quarterback during training camp, the situation was different. He and Foles had been splitting practice time equally during their competition for the starting job, and that was about to change.

“[Vick] had to get the reps,” Kelly said. “If I didn’t say anything, Nick goes: ‘I thought there was a competition, but Mike gets 10 snaps and I get two snaps. What’s going on here?’ Right? Nick’s getting all the reps right now because Mike isn’t practicing.”

Kelly said he had no updates on the players injured in Green Bay. Left tackle Jason Peters told the coach he expected to play after injuring a quadriceps. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks and Earl Wolff sustained knee injuries. Kelly didn’t think either was as major as an ACL tear but said he hadn’t received reports from the training staff.

  • Spent past decade as sports columnist
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