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Nick Foles will remain Eagles starting quarterback

Nick Foles will be the Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback with Michael Vick healthy, coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday.

Nick Foles will remain Eagles starting quarterback

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and head coach Chip Kelly. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and head coach Chip Kelly. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Nick Foles will be the Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback with Michael Vick healthy, coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday.

The depth chart will remain this way as long as Foles is healthy. Kelly met with the quarterbacks on Tuesday morning.

“They were both fine. They understand the situation,” Kelly said. “Mike wants to contribute every way he can. That’s the kind of guy he is. Great teammate, great leader. He’s been great for Nick for the games he’s been out, helping him develop. We have a good situation.”

Vick becomes the Eagles’ No. 2 starting quarterback.

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This decision had become obvious based on Foles’ performance in recent weeks. The only delay was an official announcement, which Kelly put off until Vick recovered from a hamstring injury.

Vick initially beat Foles for a job during training camp and the preseason. But Foles’ work in relief convinced Kelly to keep him in the lineup. Foles has 16 touchdowns without an interception and is a 63.6 percent passer. He has also rushed for two scores. Foles is 4-1 as a starter.

 “He played a lot more games, a lot more body of work,” Kelly said. “He’s done a great job of protecting the football and not putting us in bad situations.”

Kelly said he believed a team needs one quarterback, and he does not want the quarterback going into a game worried if he makes a mistake.  Kelly knocked on a wooden lectern about Foles staying healthy.

“I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll say it again: you got to think about it on a one-week basis and that’s it,” Kelly said. “Because long-term in the NFL is one week.”

Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer
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