Eagles coach Chip Kelly has admitted the offense was going to change if Nick Foles ended up his starting quarterback.
And while it wasn’t a perfect beginning, Foles did some things that indicated this could indeed be a competitive situation. He started in place of Michael Vick, and had a fairly impressive first quarter.
An interception in the back of the end zone killed what had been an impressive opening drive. He was 6-of-6 passing before the pick, moving them crisply downfield against the Panthers.
The Eagles ran a no-huddle which had the Panthers on their heels, and Foles was willing to chip away as needed. While he’s not as mobile as Vick, he was able to buy time (the Panthers got no pressure with their front four).
Of course, Foles showed he can be a functional runner also, getting around the corner for a 7-yard touchdown on his second drive.
He’s going to make Vick win the job, and that will at least give the Eagles some options.