On Tuesday morning, Chip Kelly met with
“I think it’s great,” said cornerback
“I know Nick has got to be excited,” said wide receiver
Some current members of the Eagles were with the team in 2010, when it was Vick who was thrust into the starting job after Kevin Kolb went down in the season opener with a concussion. Those players know that as long as the team is winning, a change at the quarterback position doesn’t mean all that much.
“We still have to go out there and play the same,” said tight end
“I think it’s the same regardless of who our quarterback is,” said wide receiver
While some players were hearing the news for the first time as practice came to a close on Tuesday, not many of them were surprised that Foles was ultimately Kelly’s choice.
“I guess the writing was on the wall,” cornerback
“(Nick’s) doing what he needs to do for us to be successful,” said Jackson. “He’s making the right reads, he’s not turning the ball over, and he’s doing everything you would want your quarterback to do. In my eyes, as a wide receiver, he just gives us the best opportunity to win right now.
“As we move forward, hopefully it can stay the same way. That doesn’t take anything away from Vick – he’s been a top quarterback in this league for a very long time, he’s done some great things for our organization as well. Week by week, we’ll continue to see how it goes.”
While Foles was praised by his teammates for his ability to step in and be a leader in just his second NFL season, Vick was also praised for the humble mindset that he has maintained throughout the entire process. Teammates have noticed the way that Vick has handled himself, leading them to gain even more respect for the quarterback than they’d already had previously.
“(It’s great) for him to come with this type of humility and to understand the situation and be a great leader and to understand that it’s about the team,” said Williams. “It’s not about his individual accolades or anything like that. That takes a lot, and I salute him for it.”
“I think very highly of Mike and everything that he’s done and what he brings as a teammate to this day,” explained Celek. “You never know what’s going to happen, but we’ve got to be ready for anything.”