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To Vick or not to Vick, that is the question for Chip Kelly

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, left, G. J.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, left, G. J. Kinne, right, and Matt Barkley throw passes during practice. (Oct. 22, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

All signs seem to be pointing towards Michael Vick starting at quarterback for the Eagles against the Giants on Sunday. All signs but one, anyway. That would be a verbalization by the head coach.

Chip Kelly continues to be politely evasive when it comes to declaring a starter with Nick Foles sidelined by a concussion and Vick not having played since he left the last game against the Giants with a hamstring. Throw rookie Matt Barkley into the mix and there are a few options for the Eagles, but Vick has been taking snaps in practice and seems to be the guy.

For a guy who came into the league on the cresting wave of a hurry-up offense, Kelly sure is taking his time in naming a starter for this game.

“Mike took some snaps in team, which was the first time in two weeks,” Kelly said on a conference call with New York reporters this morning. “He looks like he’s progressing and we’ll evaluate as we go through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday here and see what he can do and can’t do.”

Kelly said he’s not going to push Vick.

“I look at him the same way I look at anybody that’s injured, which is, are they cleared first and foremost by our medical staff, and then what can they do in terms of talking to Mike and finally getting feedback from him,” Kelly said.

As for Barkley, he came into the loss to the Cowboys on Sunday after Foles left with a concussion. In his NFL debut he threw 20 passes, completed 11 of them for 129 yards, and three interceptions.

“Matt did some nice things,” Kelly said. “You evaluate the total performance. Obviously he wants the interceptions back. I think Matt was just trying to force the issue. We were down 17-3. In his mind, we score a quick touchdown, get an onside kick and then we have a shot at winning this thing. I thought, in some instances, Matt made some really good decisions. He got rid of the ball quickly. He knew where everybody was. He had a pretty good understanding of what we were trying to get accomplished. We came in the day after the game and he knows what he did. He forced it a little bit. Obviously, you can’t do that against a good team, but he’ll benefit from the experience. I know that.”


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