While Michael Vick’s experience, salary, and athleticism make him the ostensible choice at quarterback for Chip Kelly, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Nick Foles made fewer bad decisions throughout OTAs and warns against counting Foles out for the starting job. He went on to predict that the deciding factor in the quarterback competition would be a quarterback’s ability to “buy in and execute” Kelly’s unique offensive system.
It certainly appears as though Foles is getting a fair shot at beating Vick out. In fact, if Kelly declares a winner based off performance in OTAs, Foles may even be the favorite for the job. Vick doesn’t give the impression of being a good practice player and never established good practice habits as a young pro, instead skating by on natural talent.
Over the past two seasons, Vick’s decision-making skills have rightfully come into question, but Foles made even more head-scratching throws. Most gave Foles a pass for his mistakes since he was a rookie, after all, and was playing behind a decimated offensive line. The reality remains that Foles is much slower going through his progression than Vick and still has not adjusted to the speed of the NFL game.
While Foles may shine in practice, I still trust Vick more when it counts. Neither player is a legitimate long-term answer at the position, though, and the Eagles will likely be disappointed with their quarterback play no matter who starts. Whether it’s due to injuries or poor play, don’t expect the week 1 starter to make it through a 16 game schedule.
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