Vick is the starter and now the Eagles should trade Foles
And so, Chip Kelly has done his first conventional thing of the summer. Deciding that it was important for the starters to play together in the third exhibition game -- a time-honored NFL ritual -- Kelly has short-circuited his quarterback competition and named the obvious starter: Michael Vick. He made the announcement before practice this morning.
Which leads me to the next question on the agenda:
Should they trade Nick Foles?
I say yes. He has had an excellent summer. Under two different coaches, he has demonstrated uncommon accuracy for a kid, and reasonably quick decision-making. He also has turned over the ball too often; again, a kid.
But his value is never likely to be higher than it is in the next couple of weeks. I don’t know what you could get for him, but it would be something -- and it might be a decent something if there is a run of quarterback injuries during the annual third-exhibition-game-shakedown-cruises that are almost upon us.
If the Eagles were a team that was contending for something other than respectability, I would keep Foles around. I think he can run this offense and would not embarrass you. But the truth is that the Eagles are not realistic contenders this season, and that they apparently drafted Matt Barkley for a reason, and it makes perfect sense for Barkley to be Vick’s backup in the upcoming season.
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