Michael Vick will be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback for the season, Chip Kelly announced Tuesday. The first-year head coach, without prompting, broke the news to the media gathered before the team's practice.
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Vick was in competition with Nick Foles, who started six games last season with Philadelphia. The two quarterbacks swapped starts in the first two weeks of the 2013 preseason. Vick went 4 of 5 for 94 yards and a touchdown in the first game against the Patriots, and Foles started the second, going 6 of 8 for 53 yards and an interception against the Panthers.
"I think Mike is ahead right now and I think Nick made it very difficult though," Kelly said. "It wasn't where one guy went North and the other guy went South. I think both of them upped their game but at this point in time, Mike's ahead and we want to move forward. This is a one quarterback operation. This isn't going to be someone's going to look over their shoulder or we're going to alternate by series. I think Mike is ahead right now.
"Obviously you always wanted to get a guy in place. We didn't want to let this linger, but I think it also expressed itself on the field."