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Vick wins race for No. 1 job

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PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles first-year coach Chip Kelly has named veteran Michael Vick Philadelphia's starting quarterback.

Vick has been solid in two pre-season games, and backup Nick Foles, in his second season with the Eagles, has struggled to grasp Kelly's multifaceted offence. Vick has thrown for 199 yards this pre-season and will take a 113.2 quarterback rating into Friday's game at Jacksonville (0-2).

"He's our starter for the season," Kelly said. "It's not a one-game trial basis."

There wasn't a lot of suspense with Kelly's decision, which was announced after practice on Tuesday, and after the coach met with both players. Foles has been sacked six times in two games, and has a quarterback rating of 65.5, after showing flashes as a rookie last season while Vick was injured. Vick played in just 10 games last season, while Foles topped 340 yards twice as a rookie.

The Eagles (1-1) are coming off a 4-12 season, coach Andy's Reid's last, and haven't made the playoffs since they won the NFC East at the end of the 2010 season. Philadelphia opens the regular season at Washington Sept. 9.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 21, 2013 C6

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