The Eagles returned from the bye Tuesday and Chip Kelly announced that Nick Foles is his starting quarterback going forward. He said he doesn’t want Foles looking over his shoulder, fearing he might be benched if he has a bad game.
In some respects, the announcement was a formality, but it was a necessary one. Kelly has avoided making Foles’ status official while Vick was recovering from his reinjured hamstring. Vick is healthy now, and will practice fully this week as the backup, Kelly said.
"Nothing’s changed in where I am or who I am," Foles said after practice. He said he would approach everything the same way every week.
"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, like in movies, you sit down and there’s like, tears — I walked in, we talked a little about the Oregon-Arizona game (won by Foles’ Wildcats) … I was ready to go, Mike was ready to go."
"You can’t be naïve. You’ve got to understand the situation. You’ve got to just know the most important thing for you to do is try to be there to support your team," Vick said. He said he and Foles met separately with Kelly. "I didn’t want to make this a hard decision for coach … I didn’t want to make it a hard decision for anybody, for myself. You can’t be frustrated by it. I just wanted it to be a smooth transition, and it was. Coach Kelly, when we sat down, he didn’t even have to say much."
All the injured Eagles except safety Earl Wolff (knee) were scheduled to take part in Tuesday’s practice. Kelly said he doesn’t expect Wolff to be able to practice this week, so it would seem Wolff won’t play against 7-4 Arizona this weekend.
An NFL Network reporter asked if knowing the starter would help “the guys in the huddle.”
"We don’t huddle," Kelly replied.