When the first-team offense takes the field on Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field for the preseason opener against the New England Patriots, there will be a quarterback leading the way. Who will it be? Nick Foles or Michael Vick? Head coach Chip Kelly said that is yet to be determined.
"They're both going to get reps so whoever takes the first rep, let's not anoint them as anything," Kelly said after Wednesday's joint practice. "Someone's got to be the first guy. We'll have a plan as we go through and we'll sit down as a staff - how many number of reps are those guys going to get and go from there. We do have to have someone start the game, but I wouldn't say that the guy who starts the game is going to be the starter overall or in general as we get going on September 9 (against the Redskins). How do we divvy up Mike's and Nick's snaps? We'll try to make that as even as possible. That's kind of our thought process as we go through this."
Kelly said that he will meet with his coaching staff Wednesday afternoon and again later this evening before making a final decision. Foles and Vick have shared the first-team snaps throughout Training Camp with one quarterback starting one day and the other the next. How long will each quarterback play on Friday night? Teams will vary in their usage of the starters in the preseason opener ranging from one series to one full quarter.
"That's the model, but there's got to be some flexibility," Kelly said. "Those are more guidelines than rules."
Kelly acknowledged that some players will have to play more simply because of depth at particular positions, but there was no definitive snap count for any particular player or position group yet.
The head coach is scheduled to meet with the media again following Thursday's practice with the Patriots. Fans will have to wait until then for an answer regarding the quarterback situation.
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