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Chip Kelly thinks Foles can work, but lukewarm on Asomugha


In his first national-stage appearance as the coach of the Eagles, Chip Kelly offered a warm endorsement of quarterback Nick Foles, but was something closer to tepid when asked about cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Kelly’s glib, rapid-fire style (which included a Wedding Crashers reference) revealed no more than the more experienced coaches did. But he did say nothing faster than the old guard, a more efficient delivery of the stuff all these guys were dishing out.

Asked specifically if Foles could run the offense Kelly had at Oregon, the coach replied: “Yep.”

But as it pertains to last year’s second-round pick, Kelly defended the possibility of making him work, even though he might be more of a round peg going into a square hole. They brought back Michael Vick, as well as one of Kelly’s old Oregon guys Dennis Dixon, and Foles’ skills are not the same as those two.

“I want to coach Nick,” Kelly said. “I want to get a chance to spend time with him. I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of his, the way he plays the game, his toughness, his ability to throw the ball, very accurate. I want a chance to hopefully get him out on the practice field.”

When the conversation turned to the $15.5 million cornerback, Kelly’s terseness became more pronounced, after he declared he was more interested in what he saw on tape rather than the salary numbers.

“I think Nnamdi has a skillset, that can play football,” he said.

As testimonials go, it wasn’t quite like he was talking about Chazz Reinhold.

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20 Responses to “Chip Kelly thinks Foles can work, but lukewarm on Asomugha”
  1. dccowboy says: Feb 22, 2013 8:25 AM

    And you were expecting him to slam Foles? Even if they don’t think he ‘works’ in their offense, why on earth would he kill any trade value he might have by saying it?

  2. eagles83 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:31 AM

    Kelly would be wise to at least take Foles into camp, as Foles is the best QB on the Eagles roster right now. I know, that’s not saying much.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Feb 22, 2013 8:34 AM

    Chip certainly isn’t riding the Straight Talk Express is he?

  4. diegiantsdie says: Feb 22, 2013 8:35 AM

    Foles was a third rounder. This was a story 3 days ago

  5. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Feb 22, 2013 8:38 AM

    Nick was a third round pick. We took lb Kendricks with our 2nd.

  6. vicksprman says: Feb 22, 2013 8:41 AM

    Damn, I have a skillset, that can play football and I’m commenting on profootballtalk. Nnamdi might as well retire and start his post football career after that endorsement.

  7. reasonableeaglefan says: Feb 22, 2013 8:55 AM

    I think he meant he had a skill-set, past tense.

  8. ag4913 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:57 AM

    3rd round*

  9. We'reFineThere says: Feb 22, 2013 9:01 AM

    Foles was last year’s 3rd round pick.

  10. 24framedavinci says: Feb 22, 2013 9:03 AM

    Except Foles was a third-rounder.

  11. tombradyswig says: Feb 22, 2013 9:04 AM

    Just cut Nnamdi NOW, he is gawd awful!!

  12. erdessy says: Feb 22, 2013 9:06 AM

    Foles was a third round pick

  13. pigbenis69 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:26 AM

    All these people who are campaigning in the comments section for their team to sign Nnamdi obviously haven’t seen him play the past 2 years. He’s 32 in July, he’s lost 2 steps & can’t run w/ receivers, and he whiffs on so many tackles you can’t even convert him to safety.

    I hope he does go to Washington.

  14. jwreck says: Feb 22, 2013 10:29 AM

    dccowboy says: Feb 22, 2013 8:25 AM

    And you were expecting him to slam Foles? Even if they don’t think he ‘works’ in their offense, why on earth would he kill any trade value he might have by saying it?
    Exactly, Nick Foles has been a Kansas City Chief for the last month and a half, he just doesn’t know it yet. That’s one of the reasons Kelly took the job, he knew he had a a landing spot for Foles, who fits in his system like a right foot in a left shoe, filled with barbed wire.

  15. jwreck says: Feb 22, 2013 10:33 AM

    “I think Nnamdi has a skillset, that can play football,”

    “You shut your mouth sir, Nnamdi Asomugha is not a kook. He is a brave and decent man. He’s a pioneer!”

  16. bobonmycob says: Feb 22, 2013 11:02 AM

    Foles will be the starting QB for the Eagles in 2013. Every real eagles fan knows this. If you think otherwise 1. you are not a fan of the eagles 2. you dont know anything about the QB position. Foles will dominate the QB competition the only thing he may have a problem with is obviously mobility and read option plays. I highly doubt Kelly will bench Foles lol.

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 22, 2013 11:36 AM

    I hope the Eagles do serve up Foles at QB but I can’t see how in the world he fits into that Oregon college offense.

    Kelly had his opportunity to call out Asomugha for the underachieving, over paid player that he is but instead whiffed on the question like Asomugha on a tackle.

  18. dlightner13 says: Feb 22, 2013 12:06 PM

    Add another qb to the mix take manuel in the 2nd..

  19. oldbyrd says: Feb 23, 2013 7:59 AM

    How could we possibly know how good Foles is until he plays with a real off. line. Rookie QB comes in and plays with less than 3rd stringers. Come on, let’s be fair!

  20. allidoiswin55 says: Feb 23, 2013 8:08 AM

    Kelly played Foles I’m college he knows he is a BUMMM but he’s a smart man he’s not going to say it publicly he wants value for him.

    Foles is a statue and behind that line he’s IR bound and with a system like Chips he’s IR Bound or riding the pine. He is gone this year or next.

    Not saying they run Oregons offense but a variation of the hurry up pistol read pass offense. He is ingenious at offensive schemes period he will find a way to make it work. Just don’t know if his Def can.

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