That training camp quarterback battle Chip Kelly set up in Philadelphia this season? It worked out perfectly.
The Eagles’ head coach spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio on the final day of the 2013 NFL Training Camp Tour shortly after naming Michael Vick the team’s starting quarterback. Kelly told Ross Tucker and Jim Miller that both Vick and Nick Foles rose to the occasion while battling for a spot with the No. 1 team.
“I’ve always believed that competition brings out the best in people. And when you look at how Nick and Mike competed, they both upped their game,” Kelly said. “Nick Foles lost the battle completing 79 percent of his passes. It wasn’t where one guy went north and one guy went south; I think they both went north, but Michael’s ahead.”
Kelly added that while Vick was officially named the team’s starter heading into the season, it doesn’t mean he can rest easy.
“Mike’s opinion was the competition isn’t over — ‘I gotta go out there and earn it every day again,’” Kelly said. “And Nick knows that he’s a chin strap away from being the starter, so I think both of those guys handled it fantastic.”
So why was it important for Kelly to name a starter with two weeks left in the preseason? He laughed while explaining his rationale to Tucker and Miller.
You can hear Ross Tucker throughout the season on The Opening Drive, weekdays at 7 am ET on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and listen to The End Zone, Saturdays and Sundays with Jim Miller, also on SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88.