“He’s our starter for the season. It’s not a one-game trial basis.”
– Chip Kelly, head coach, Philadelphia Eagles
Chip Kelly, in his first year as a head coach in the NFL, recently revealed to a YouWager news source that he has decided the answer to his quarterback competition is Michael Vick. Vick performed well in preseason, passing for 199 yards, so far. Meanwhile, word in the Internet wagering world is that Nick Foles, the other quarterback, did not immediately excel under Kelly’s rapid offense drills.
So Kelly’s decision will not be a big surprise to sharp sportsbook bettors. In two games, Foles was sacked 6 times. As a rookie, Foles looked promising in the 2012 NFL football betting season, when he filled in for an injured Vick. Vick only played in 10 games in 2012.
The Eagles will go to Washington for their regular season opener, on September 9th, hoping to be a very different team than the one YouWager’s football bettors saw last year. Then under Andy Reid, in his last season, the Eagles only went 4-12. The Eagles haven’t been to the playoffs since they won the NFC East in the 2010 NFL football wagering season.
Kelly admitted to YouWager’s source that he has studied his opponents. He said, ”We had a good amount of tape, a good amount of us seeing them on the field. And seeing them in a lot of different situations, and wanted to put a guy in place, if we could, in enough time to get us to prepare the season.”
So far, Kelly has only let online football wagering fans see little bits of the “up tempo” offense he is expected to carry into the NFL, but these “previews” have been effective, often confusing opposing defenses.
Vick rebounded with a terrific year in the 2010 NFL season, helping Philadelphia win a division title, and Vick won The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year award. But during the last two NFL football wagering seasons, Vick struggled with consistency and injuries. When the quarterback suffered a concussion in Week 10, Reid put Foles in for the rest of Philadelphia’s dismal season. Vick came back to the field when Foles was injured, to play against the New York Giants. Vick ended the year with 2,362 yards passing, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Those who doubted the 33 year-old player could keep up with Kelly’s rapid-fire style of offense should remember this is the man who bragged to a YouWager source not long ago that he was probably the fastest-running quarterback in the entire league. Coach Kelly said, ”I think Mike is ahead right now. I think Nick made it very difficult. It wasn’t where one guy went north and the other guy went south. I think both of them upped their games. But at this point in time Mike’s ahead.”