Neither came as a surprise, but two teams on the Detroit Lions’ 2013 officially named their starting quarterbacks.
Michael Vick gets the nod in Philadelphia over Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. Vick has been the better quarterback through the first two preseason games so rookie head coach Chip Kelly decided to end the competition rather than simply name Vick the starter for the team’s next preseason game:
“It’s not a one-game trial basis,” Kelly said. “I would think it was a thorough evaluation. … We felt like we had a good amount of tape, us seeing them on the field and us seeing them in a lot of different situations. We wanted to put a guy in place — if we could — in enough time to prepare us for the season.”
The Lions and Eagles don’t meet until week 14 so there is a lot that can change between now and then, especially give Vick’s injury history.
But Kelly wasn’t the only first-year head coach to choose his starting quarterback. Rob Chudzinkski did the same thing yesterday in Cleveland, ending the quarterback competition charade that had been going on in Browns camp. Brandon Weeden has performed well through two preseason games, which Lions fans saw all too well last week, and there was little doubt he should, and would, be the Browns starting quarterback. Chud simply wanted Weeden to earn it:
“Brandon has earned this and that’s extremely important to me that he did,” Chudzinski said. “He has gained my complete trust. He has gained his teammates’ complete trust and this organization’s trust. We’re all behind him and we’ll all be behind him to support him.”
The Lions will look for a better performance against the Browns when they head back to Cleveland in week six.