Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly Names Michael Vick His Starting Quarterback

Cody SwartzSenior Writer IAugust 20, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a pass during warm ups before the start of their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Chip Kelly has finally announced his starting quarterback for the 2013 regular season, per Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Michael Vick was the logical choice to most fans, as he possesses the running skills necessary to succeed in Kelly's offense. Vick is in his fifth year with the Philadelphia Eagles, having joined as a free agent in 2009. He turned in a near-MVP season in 2010, throwing 21 touchdowns to just six interceptions while helping the Eagles win the NFC East division title.

Since then, Vick has regressed, tossing 24 interceptions in just 23 games. He has also fumbled 21 times, including 11 last year in just 10 games. Still, he won the job over Nick Foles with his strong performances in preseason contests to date.

Vick is 13 of 15 for 199 yards and a touchdown thus far in two preseason games, and he hasn't fumbled. He threw an interception in his outing against the Carolina Panthers, but it was a meaningless one to close out the first half. He has looked remarkably efficient, although he will have to carry his success over into the regular season.

Vick's biggest problem as of late has been his inability to stay healthy, but the Eagles will have a ready backup in Foles should Vick go down with an injury. The third-stringer will be fourth-round rookie Matt Barkley, who enjoyed a stellar career at USC before a drop-off his senior season.

It will be interesting to see whether Vick can possess the ability to lead Kelly's hurry-up offense, one predicated on quick decision-making and the ability to dissect and read opposing defenses.

The first game will be away against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.