When Chip Kelly decided on Michael Vick as his starting quarterback in September, he had the backing of the man who hired him.
Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles’ longtime chairman, is still supportive of his first-year coach’s decision to go ahead with the 33-year-old Vick, despite the quarterback’s age, track record of injuries and recent struggles.
But he also believes the team’s top priority going forward is finding the next young franchise quarterback to pair with Kelly, the way Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb came together during the most successful decade in franchise history.
Nearly every Super Bowl-winning franchise was built around an elite, cornerstone quarterback.
“We need someone to step up, whether it’s an existing young quarterback or somebody we go out and acquire,” Lurie said in an exclusive interview with CSNPhilly.com. “We know -- this is no secret -- quarterback is the [ultimate] position and the most important difference-maker.”
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