Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has announced that rookie Nick Foles will be the team’s starting quarterback for the rest of the season, with veteran Michael Vick still sidelined with concussion.
Defending his decision, Reid said Vick on his way to recovery but he doesn’t know when he will be able to practice, adding that the quarterback’s health is his No. 1 priority.
“And, No. 2, it’s also important to give young players the opportunity to play here the next four games as a starter,” Reid said. “Every week, (Foles) has been the replacement guy. Now he’s the starter and we’ll see how does with that on his plate, see how he handles it. I don’t expect much to change there with him.”
Reid has already informed Vick regarding the change on the depth chart, saying the quarterback was positive about it.
“He completely understood. He was on board with it,” Reid said.
Compared to his outing versus the Carolina Panthers, Foles performed much better in the Eagles’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys, completing 22 of 34 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown.
“I think, where we’re at with the season, it gives this kid an opportunity to play and finish it up,” Reid said. “He’s playing well enough that I think he can win football games for us. Where we sit at this position in the season, it’s the right thing to do.”