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November 28, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Vick believes he can still be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but will teams have the same opinion when he becomes a free agent this offseason? Vick officially lost the Eagles' starting job on Tuesday when Chip Kelly announced that Nick Foles would have the spot for the remainder of the season, but the transition had been a foregone conclusion. What had started with promise ended as many predicted it would when Vick re-signed with the Eagles in February. He would get injured, miss significant time, and lose his job to Foles.
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November 28, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles met with Chip Kelly on Tuesday morning, and the Eagles coach told the second-year quarterback that he would remain the starter this season and that Michael Vick would be his backup. The decision was expected. Foles is 4-1 as a starter, leads the NFL in passer rating, and has 16 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kelly had delayed a formal decision until Vick returned to practice from a hamstring injury. "The big thing is just continue to approach the game the same way I have each and every week," Foles said.
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November 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Nick Foles was 13 years old on Feb. 3, 2002, the day that the standard of excellence was established for a quarterback in his situation. He said he doesn't remember much about that NFL season or that day, beyond the basic details: Drew Bledsoe had been the New England Patriots' starting quarterback, and then he got hurt, and then he wasn't starting anymore. Tom Brady was. "The rest is history," Foles said Tuesday. He was talking a few hours after Chip Kelly had told him what everyone around the Eagles expected to hear soon enough: that even though Michael Vick's hamstring had healed, Foles would remain the team's No. 1 quarterback, barring injury, for the rest of the season.
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November 27, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THIS WAS, as it turns out, the easiest part. Michael Vick had removed the last possible impediment to Nick Foles' permanent ascension on the depth chart when he said on WIP the other day, "I think in all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who has been playing so well?" But even that did not really matter. With the play of Nick Foles, the decision had become that obvious. Earlier this year, though, there were a few significant moments when Vick did the same thing - that is, put the team first.
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November 27, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CONSECUTIVE meetings convened yesterday, in the second-floor head coach's office overlooking the NovaCare practice fields, early on a cold and gray morning. Chip Kelly told Nick Foles he would be the starter for the final five games of the 2013 season. Kelly told Michael Vick he would be the backup. No surprise, no drama, little elaboration or discussion. But clarity, at least. "It was simple. Chip's a simple guy," Foles said, when asked how the news was delivered. "I just went in there, he told me the situation, that I was the 'one' and Mike was the 'two,' and let's go . . . It's not drawn out. I know in movies, it's like a big thing, you sit down, there's like, tears - I walked in, we talked a little about the Oregon-Arizona game [won by Foles' Wildcats, 42-16, over Kelly's Ducks]
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November 27, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LARRY FOLES, Nick Foles' dad, has ventured to two of the five games his son has started this season for the Eagles. Larry left his home in Austin, Texas, to watch Nick play in Tampa and in Oakland. Astute readers will note that Nick led the Birds to victory and won NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards both times. So, Eagles fans might want to start a campaign to get Larry to Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday, when the home team is going to face quite a challenge in the stout defense of the 7-4 Arizona Cardinals.
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November 20, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
During the preseason, coach Chip Kelly felt the need to meet with both Michael Vick and Nick Foles to let them know his decision on the starting quarterback. When Vick is fully healthy, Kelly said he'll meet with both quarterbacks to tell them his choice. But he has not yet had that conversation. "Whenever we get two healthy guys that we need to talk to," Kelly said. Kelly joked that Foles "will be the starter for the bye week," an ode to Kelly's week-to-week decision on quarterback.
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November 15, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY doesn't have to acknowledge the transition in order to make it real for Michael Vick. The play before reinjuring his hamstring, Oct. 27 against the Giants, Vick was the Eagles' unquestioned starting quarterback. Nick Foles had played horribly in a loss to the Cowboys the week before, ultimately leaving the game with a concussion. Vick was back in the saddle as the offense's veteran leader. But Vick pulled up lame on the third series against the Giants, and everything changed.
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November 14, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year after it seemed all but certain that his career with the Eagles was over, Michael Vick faces an uncertain future in which the only likely scenario is that he will be playing for another team next year. He is injured, Nick Foles is playing well and winning, and there are only six games remaining in the one-year contract Vick signed in the offseason. During an interview with The Inquirer, Vick said he did not know if he was still the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback. But sources close to the 33-year old have said that even when Vick returns, they expect Foles to remain the starter.
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November 13, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Twenty teams in the NFL have been fortunate enough to get this far into the season with just one quarterback taking all or very nearly all of its offensive snaps. That number could dip soon as other teams face the possibility of losing a quarterback to injury. We are also reaching the point of the schedule - looking at you, Pittsburgh - when an organization might feel it is the right moment to look beyond an aging veteran. Stability at the quarterback position is no guarantee of success, but it helps.
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