Chip Kelly Declines to Name Eagles' Starting QB for Week 7 Matchup vs. Cowboys
A quarterback controversy is brewing in Philadelphia.
As Michael Vick rehabs from his hamstring injury and Nick Foles continues to put up impressive numbers in his absence, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly isn't ready to name a starter heading into Week 7. According to Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press, via Yahoo! Sports, Kelly danced around "11 straight questions" regarding his team's quarterback situation on Monday.
''Until we know what the health is, I'm not saying what anybody or anybody is,'' he said. ''All our decisions on who is going to play is based on health.''
In Sunday's 31-20 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles went 22-of-31 for 296 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while adding a rushing touchdown:
It's true that Kelly doesn't know Vick's status heading into Week 7's matchup with Dallas, pitting the 3-3 division rivals together with a shot at first place in the NFC East on the line. But with Vick serving as the team's third active quarterback against the Bucs after going through a full practice the Friday before, it's safe to assume he's fit to return.
This begs the question: If Vick is healthy, whom does Kelly go with?
According to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, both Vick and Foles have been among the league's most efficient quarterbacks through the air:
Peyton Manning leads the NFL with 9.1 YPA. Second and tied for third are Michael Vick (9.0) and Nick Foles (8.9).— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) October 14, 2013
Vick has looked rejuvenated under Kelly's offense so far this year, with 1,185 passing yards and 307 rushing yards in four-plus games to start the year, but he guided the team to a 1-3 record in games he finished. Foles, meanwhile, has completed 67.2 percent of his passes and has thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions in guiding the Eagles to two victories.
Who should start for the Eagles in Week 7?
Even if Vick is healthy this week, the Eagles might be better off staying with Foles. Philadelphia's offense was humming along nicely in Week 1 but eventually sputtered with Vick at the controls en route to a 1-3 start.
Kelly has proved the past couple of weeks that his offense doesn't need a mobile quarterback to succeed. It's Foles, not Vick, who gives the Eagles a better chance to keep opponents honest in the passing game and not solely focused on the Lesean McCoy and the rushing attack.
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