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Michael Vick Benched, Nick Foles Named Starter


Nick Foles is going to get every chance to win the starting quarterback job next year.

Andy Reid announced today that Michael Vick will not be the starter when he passes his concussion test, meaning Foles will be this team's quarterback for the remaining four games.

Some thought that Reid might put Vick back as the starting quarterback when he was healthy, but Reid said that it is in the best interest of the team to play Foles from here on out.

"Where we are at in the season, it's the right thing to do," Reid said on the move.

Reid said that he has spoken to Vick, and that the veteran quarterback was on board with the decision. By playing Foles, Reid said, it will give Vick a chance to get healthy so he can continue his career. Reid did not say whether or not that would be in Philadelphia, however.

Naming Foles the starter also ends speculation that Reid and owner Jeffrey Lurie might have a standoff once Vick was ready to play. Some speculated that the only way Reid could be gone before the end of the year would be if he refused to play Foles. It now appears that Reid will remain the coach the rest of the season. It should also be noted that Reid did not sound like a coach on his way out as he spoke about the future of the organization.

With the move it is now clear that the future is now with the Eagles. If Foles can continue to improve over this next month, he will likely enter the season as the starter next year. If he doesn't, it is also possible that the Eagles could go another direction via the draft, free agency, or trade.

What path the Eagles go is now up to Foles.

Follow Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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