PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles' quarterback controversy remained intact after Friday's preseason game against New England.
Michael Vick and Nick Foles both played well enough during the Eagles' 31-22 loss to the Patriots that coach Chip Kelly is no closer to naming a starter for the regular-season opener at Washington on Sept. 9.
"I thought they both did a good job," Kelly said after the game. "I think they both played pretty well, and it gave me confidence in both those guys. That's what you hope happens. I think both of those guys rose to the occasion and I was excited about that."
Vick, who is enjoying an impressive training camp, continued that momentum against the Patriots.
The 33-year-old played the first two series and completed 4-of-5 passes for 94 yards, including a sensational throw on the first possession that resulted in a 47-yard touchdown catch by wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
"The funny part about it is that we talked on the bus about getting that look (from the Pats' defense) and it happened in the first series," Vick said after the game. "It just goes to show that when you are on the same page with your teammates and guys who put their time and effort into the game like you, good things can happen."
Vick has put in a lot of time and effort.
He was at the NovaCare Complex throughout the offseason and has been putting in long hours in an effort to master Kelly's read-option offense. His golf game has suffered, but his football game has blossomed.
"I am trying to make a statement every day," Vick said. "I promised myself (before training camp) that every snap I take I will try to treat it like my last. I know I have said that before and I want to continue to keep saying that, but that is just how I feel.
"Every day is competition, and to me competing against myself, trying to get better each and every day, trying to just enjoy the game. The respect and appreciation I have for the game of football now is uncanny, and I appreciate that more than anything. That is going to drive me to continue to do my best in every possible situation."
Foles got off to a rocky start when he lost a fumble on his first series, but recovered to deliver a solid performance.
The 24-year-old completed 5-of-6 passes for 43 yards and also led the Eagles on a touchdown drive. He found the mark on five passes and scrambled for 10 yards to set up running back Bryce Brown's 8-yard TD run in the second quarter.
"I didn't feel any pressure (after Vick's TD pass)," Foles said after the game. "I think if you start doing that, then you start getting out of your comfort zone. Of course, I am a competitor and, of course, I want to score touchdowns every time I'm in there. I want to do great things, but I also know that if you start pressing and trying to do too much, then bad things can happen."
When he wasn't playing, he was rooting for Vick and fellow quarterbacks Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne.
Although Foles is involved in an intense competition with Vick, he has not allowed their relationship to develop into a rivalry.
"We all have a great relationship," Foles said. "(Competing) is something Mike and I really aren't worried about. I was excited to watch him go out there and play and really sling it around. And I know when I went out there he was excited to see me play."
The duel is expected to continue for at least one more week.
The roles will be reversed for Thursday's preseason game against Carolina. Foles will start against the Panthers and Vick will relieve him. Kelly could make his decision after that game or even wait until after the third preseason game at Jacksonville on Aug. 24.
"We're going to pull the trigger (name a starting quarterback) before we start to game plan for the Washington Redskins," Kelly said. "We have to have a quarterback in place when we're really getting ready and getting into the meat and potatoes of what our game plan is going to be. That quarterback will be named."
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