With the starting quarterback decision out of the way, several Eagles fans are likely wondering what will now become of second-year quarterback Nick Foles. The former third-round pick was in a competition with Michael Vick for the starting job but he lost that battle on Tuesday when head coach Chip Kelly announced that Vick would be "the guy."
Foles played admirably in the preseason but was clearly outperformed by Vick in the first two contests. With Foles taking a backseat, some may question his future with the team. However, Kelly has quickly squashed any concerns about Foles being shipped out of town in the next week few weeks.
"You don't have to look any farther than last night's game with the Redskins, where [Robert Griffin III] is on the sideline and Kirk Cousins goes down in the second quarter," Kelly said. "In this league, you better have a couple of quarterbacks ready to go. I mentioned that again to Nick today. I think Nick is going to approach it that he's the starter, because that's got to be his mentality going into this and prepare like he's a starter."
While Foles will be on the team as the backup, his playing time will likely be dictated by Vick's ability to stay healthy. Kelly remarked that Vick will be the starter for the entire season and that he is not on a "one-game trial basis." Kelly said that Foles will approach his new role as if he were the starter, so he can prepare for action in case Vick goes down. Given Vick's history with injuries, that may be the perfect mentality for him to take.