You’ll have to forgive Nick Foles if he sounds defensive. But the Eagles backup quarterback insists he can run whatever offense new coach Chip Kelly wants to install, even though no one wants to believe he’s a fit for any degree of read-option.
“Whoever’s the quarterback of your team, you build your offense around them,’’ Foles said, via Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News. “I feel like I can go in and run anything. I’m here to compete. Everybody’s here to achieve the same goal and that’s to win.’’
Of course, Foles isn’t the traditional mobile player of some of the other options, such as Michael Vick and Dennis Dixon.
And while people will want to put Wednesday visitor Geno Smith in that group, he’s not nearly as much of a read-option threat as some would make him out to be.
Foles doesn’t accept that he can’t, or that he is an odd fit. Even though the coach that drafted him is gone, and the new one runs a style not suited to his physical traits, the Eagles weren’t going to give Foles away a year after using a second-round pick on him.
There’s different kinds of quarterbacks,’’ Foles said. “You play to the strength of whoever your quarterback is. . . .
“I understood when I got here that [pro football] is a business. I’ve known Chip. I knew him in college. Played against him several times. He knows me well. He’s studied me. So there was a relationship. It’s not like I’m going into a situation where we don’t even know who each other is.
“I feel comfortable. I’m excited Excited for the opportunity to compete.’’
Even if he’s not competing on equal footing.