Fans and players of the Philadelphia Eagles finally have their answer. Michael Vick will start for the Eagles to start the season. Chip Kelly broke the news during a press conference on Tuesday.
This is the third consecutive year that Vick will open the season as the Eagles' starting quarterback. He will make his 104th career-start in Landover, Maryland as the Eagles take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football on September 9th.
Vick had been entrenched in a quarterback battle that also featured second-year quarterback Nick Foles and (to a lesser extent) rookie Matt Barkley. Vick was able to pull ahead from a close competition with Foles after two consecutive nearly-flawless performances in the preseason. During those two games, Vick completed 13 of 15 passes for 199 yards, a touchdown and a meaningless interception. The veteran also ran for 20 yards in the Eagles first preseason game against the New England Patriots.
Vick has looked extremely comfortable in Kelly's offense and the new coaching staff has taken notice. According to Kelly, the team's starters will play at least the first-half of Saturday's preseason game in Jacksonville. Kelly added that during the regular season, he will not rotate quarterbacks.
Update: Foles on the issue:
Foles: I love Mike. I'm proud of him.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 20, 2013