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Chip Kelly on quarterback: Why would we change?

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Nick Foles threw three more touchdowns without an interception in an Eagles win on Sunday and Michael Vick says he won’t be ready to play again for a few weeks, so there doesn’t seem to be much reason to ask questions about the identity of the team’s starting quarterback.

Coach Chip Kelly got those questions on Monday, though, and his answer was pretty much what you’d expect it to be.

“I think what we’ve done for the last two weeks has worked for us pretty good, so we’re going to stick with that formula,” Kelly said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “It’s got us 16 touchdowns, no interceptions and two wins, so why would we change?”

Kelly later retreated and said he was being sarcastic — “I thought that would go over big in this crowd” — because there’s no choice to be made while Vick is injured. The implication is obviously that Kelly is keeping his options open for the long term, but it’s getting increasingly difficult to see the point in the caveats.

Foles is starting in Week 11 and the Eagles don’t play in Week 12, which means it will be December before the Eagles play another game and Vick might not even be ready for that one. Even if he is, Foles has clearly played better this season and has a contract with the organization that runs beyond this season. He’s the starting quarterback, even if Kelly wants to resist the label.

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36 Responses to “Chip Kelly on quarterback: Why would we change?”
  1. ziggystheansah says: Nov 11, 2013 5:46 PM

    Maybe foles thought Kelly wanted him to literally throw 100 tds or whatever he said earlier this season.

  2. scmems07 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:55 PM

    you know your a hell of a coach when you refer to your qb’s as “it’s”. good ol’ chip

  3. eaglesfan036 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:58 PM

    I think at this point Foles will be the starter the remainder of the year. And while everyone here likes to rag on Vick, I’m sure he will continue to be a good leader and be the backup without making it into a big deal.

  4. thereyougo2 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:59 PM

    Let’s face facts, Foles is 6’5″, 240 lbs, is a quick decision maker especially for a second year player. Throws an accurate pass with zero interceptions this season has one fumble and three out of four wins. Leads the league in

    QB rating and for as slow as he is has gained over a hundred yards running.

    Why in Gods name would you want anyone else in the entire NFC. O K Wilson looks just as good. Would you want Eli, Romo, RG I’m limping again, Ice man who is melting away? Certainly not Vick although Carolina’s QB has big time potential also.

    Com’on man.

  5. ingraven says: Nov 11, 2013 6:01 PM

    Has Foles even thrown an interception yet?

  6. blue18hutthutt says: Nov 11, 2013 6:05 PM

    thereyougo2 says:
    Nov 11, 2013 5:59 PM
    Let’s face facts, Foles is 6’5″, 240 lbs, is a quick decision maker especially for a second year player. Throws an accurate pass with zero interceptions this season has one fumble and three out of four win
    ———————————–

    He was lucky to not’ve been picked off twice yesterday and some of his deep balls were like punts with the receivers bailing him out

    Overall he played well, and I think he’s certainly the better option than Vick at this point (Stephen A Smith’s ugly head just exploded) but let’s not act like he’s play THAT well

  7. thepftpoet says: Nov 11, 2013 6:08 PM

    Foles looks like a franchise QB to me…

    It’s funny how Eagles are doing good with once was their backup QB, now look at how the Packers are doing in a very similar situation…

    Eagles > Packers

  8. ninjapleazee says: Nov 11, 2013 6:24 PM

    Vick is done. Lol “it”

  9. Eli on Injured Reserve says: Nov 11, 2013 6:25 PM

    scmems07 says:

    you know your a hell of a coach when you refer to your qb’s as “it’s”. good ol’ chip
    —————————-

    Chip is referring to the formula, nor quarterbacks.

    Why would you want to change a winning formula?

  10. sgtr0c says: Nov 11, 2013 6:29 PM

    The best part of the sarcasim comment was when the reporter kept asking about naming a future starter and Kelly said, ” I am going to name you as the starter, let’s go with that”.

    I loved Coach Reid, but Kelly is great at his press conferiences. I hope he sticks with us, we need a little joking around (and different direction) in Philly. Go Coach Kelly!

  11. justintuckrule says: Nov 11, 2013 6:37 PM

    @thereyougo –

    Typical Eagle fan. Two games and Foles is already better than Eli, Romo and Matt Ryan.

  12. s0merand0mguy says: Nov 11, 2013 6:37 PM

    @blue18hutthutt says: but let’s not act like he’s play THAT well

    Nah he only tied Peyton Mannings touchdown record, sits in the pro football hall of fame, has the best QB rating and 16 touchdowns with ZERO interceptions. There will come a point where you will have to be a man for once and admit you are wrong. This is his SECOND YEAR PRO and has had about 6 starts. In the NFL you can only go by the “see it to believe it” saying. And I have seen it, believe it, and know Foles is a future franchise quarterback.

  13. TheWizard says: Nov 11, 2013 6:42 PM

    Vick says he won’t be ready to play again for a few weeks

    It’s really odd to me to have players commenting on their own availability.

  14. nyeagles10 says: Nov 11, 2013 6:47 PM

    Files and Vick situation is like the Bledsoe Brady situation back in the day

  15. steelchampions says: Nov 11, 2013 6:54 PM

    You go, Chip.

  16. perkjctc says: Nov 11, 2013 7:04 PM

    Foles will start for the rest of the season. Chip is just leaving the door open in case he starts to tank. As long as Foles is playing well Vick will be “a couple weeks away” from being ready. I don’t know if he is the QB of the future but playing well is always better than playing poorly. He has had a little luck on his side but name me a good QB who hasn’t gotten a couple lucky bounces over a season. Either way, this season has been a lot more exciting than last year and I’m happy for that.

  17. justintuckrule says: Nov 11, 2013 7:07 PM

    s0merand0mguy says:
    Nov 11, 2013 6:37 PM
    @blue18hutthutt says: but let’s not act like he’s play THAT well

    Nah he only tied Peyton Mannings touchdown record, sits in the pro football hall of fame, has the best QB rating and 16 touchdowns with ZERO interceptions. There will come a point where you will have to be a man for once and admit you are wrong. This is his SECOND YEAR PRO and has had about 6 starts. In the NFL you can only go by the “see it to believe it” saying. And I have seen it, believe it, and know Foles is a future franchise quarterback.
    ———–
    Matt Flynn had a million TD passes in a game once upon a time as well and he’s currently on his 17th team. Like I said…typical Eagle fan.

    By the way….as an Eagle fan, what have you “seen and believed” to let you think Foles is a future franchise QB? McNabb? Rodney Peete? Please child.

  18. jucam1 says: Nov 11, 2013 7:17 PM

    Let the the people who hate on Nick go on… Who cares, in our division we have Eli, who literally looks like he is going to cry every time he throws another INT. The Giants are done. The Washington professional team is more focused on what they should be called or in their fan’s eyes “the great persecution!” About their name to notice that their coach is an idiot, their receivers are weak, and even scarier… Their QB has regressed big time!. Which then leaves the Cowboys, between their insane owner, their soft and scared QB, and their prima-dona receivers, the annual choke job is on… I love Jerruh! So as an Eagles fan, all i was expecting was a rebuilding year where we would set up what we were going to do next year. But now that I see that our team with all it’s injury issues and second string QB is better than the rest of the weak teams in the NFC Least, we might as well win it!

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 11, 2013 7:22 PM

    Well then he’s just going to have to miss out on the amazing 10 TD performance that Matt Barkley was about to have and settle for half that amount.

  20. stikolaboloni says: Nov 11, 2013 7:23 PM

    Well, I for one have seen enough to say without a shred of doubt he’s a lot better than Matt Ryan. What does Rodney Peete have to do with anything?? He was Randall’s veteran backup, no one ever called him the franchise

  21. jucam1 says: Nov 11, 2013 7:27 PM

    Tiny Tuck don’t worry so much about Foles, how about you focus on Manning and his INTs this year. The Birds will figure it out. Besides Foles owned you at your New Jersey home this year, and would have done it again if he had the chance, but you got that huge win against our 3rd string qb, so you guys are def going to the sb this year. I think we’ll be ok with out your advice. Great win in barely squeaking by the vaunted Raiders at home, i think Nick did ok against the same team at their place. We’re all impressed with your internet muscles, so thanks for stopping by and good luck with your great team this year chief.

  22. eatitfanboy says: Nov 11, 2013 7:47 PM

    Everyone who had never seen an Oregon game and just bought into the media creation that Kelly’s offense required a run first QB came on here and crowed about Vick being the “perfect” QB for this offense.

    Anyone who actually watched Oregon or did their own homework on how their offense worked knew that the offense required a smart QB who could make multiple reads pre and post snap, had an accurate arm arm and enough mobility to move the pocket, buy time and scramble when necessary.

    Um….does that sound like Mike Vick to you? Vick won the job because he looked the best running a vanilla offense against vanilla defenses in the preseason, and because despite whatever you want to believe, money matters. You don’t just bench veterans making what Vick makes.

    Barring a Foles injury, Vick will never take the field for the Eagles again.

  23. swaggyy says: Nov 11, 2013 7:56 PM

    Nick Foles the GOAT

  24. ianijm says: Nov 11, 2013 8:03 PM

    I’m a die-hard Eagles fan and I’ve been impressed with Foles year-to-date performance, but man … some guys are trying to anoint him already? It’s been like four games. Chillax.

    I trust a QB has arrived after he’s played like this for four SEASONS, not four games.

    How many times have we seen rookies come in as back-ups and look like world beaters only to fold (*cough* DALLAS GAME! *cough*) like cheap suits when they’re actually “the man.”

    I did NOT like what I saw in that big game against Dallas, so I’ll hold off on praising Foles as the 2nd coming for a ‘lil bit.

  25. mungman69 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:06 PM

    One game or a hundred games almost every QB is better than Romo. If Foles has Romo’s receivers he could win the Big Game.

  26. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:07 PM

    It should be Foles job until he proves otherwise. Chip would be crazy to switch while he is throwing tds and not pics.

  27. csilojohnson says: Nov 11, 2013 8:15 PM

    Actually this year Foles is better then Eli, Matty Ice, Romo and RG2.5.
    Its a what have you done lately kind of world. And Foles is the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak division.

  28. rkt4mayor says: Nov 11, 2013 9:41 PM

    Nick Foles is the best QB hope we have had since Randall Cunningham!
    Better than Vick by a country mile.
    I think he is even better than Donny Mac who was a constant underthrower.
    Nick Foles has the top QB ratining in the NFL.
    So eat it haters!
    And, get over the Dallas game! Foles left with a concussion and had a injured groin.
    One bad game = nothing!

  29. 6250claimer says: Nov 11, 2013 9:48 PM

    Who knew that Napoleon Dynamite was the best QB in the family, even better than Uncle Rico? Incredible!

  30. onenunder says: Nov 11, 2013 9:48 PM

    Don’t sleep on Nick “FortyBurger” Foles, now. He’ll throw it right by you.

  31. tmatic74 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:17 PM

    Vick is hurt and Foles is hot. This is the dumbest question in sports right now. They just shipped Foles jersey and shoes to Canton for a 7 TD game yet there is this local media made QB controversy. The talk is we need to draft a franchise QB but you can only be a franchise QB once you put up numbers and get wins in the NFL. Nick Foles times yours.

  32. thereyougo2 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:26 PM

    Maybe Stephen Ross otherwise known as Droopy Dog could settle this QB controversy.

  33. s0merand0mguy says: Nov 11, 2013 11:58 PM

    @justintuckrule says:

    Did Matt Flynn have a million TD passes in one game or are you over exaggerating like you do all the time with your biased criticism. I get your “sarcasm” but Matt Flynn is not in the pro football hall of fame now is he? He’s in the “I screwed a franchise out of millions of dollars and did nothing hall of fame”.

    What have I seen in Foles? Well every time he has come in for Vick (and let’s face it Vick gets hurt A LOT) the kid has done nothing but shine. He get’s thrown in with very little practice and shows a sharp football mind. He makes great decisions, accurate throws, and shows a lot of promise for a rookie. If you watch him play he reads the defense, makes proper audibles, and commands the line. He is everything you would want in a franchise QB. I know it’s early but regardless of what you say he will be great and all great players have bad games. So maybe you are just too negative and judgmental towards the Eagles?

  34. justintuckrule says: Nov 12, 2013 11:35 AM

    I’m having de ja voux. I swear that I’ve read these Foles’ slurpin’ posts somewhere before. Perhaps they were cut and pasted from the Kolb entry two years ago when he was “their savior”.

  35. s0merand0mguy says: Nov 12, 2013 1:35 PM

    @justintuckrule is just sour because Eli Manning went from stud to mediocre (if not for his career definitely this season).

    1. Kevin Kolb is a solid backup, but know the difference between talent and good enough. At the time Kevin was good enough. He didn’t play in nearly as many game situations as Foles (being thrown into messes fumble dumble Vick made). Foles will continue to prove his worth and you will continue to say it’s not good enough. I know how it goes.

    2. The Dallas game Foles was playing hurt. He had a groin injury and that will disrupt your mechanics. It’s common sense. Not that Foles is made of gold and could never have a bad game but you sir hate wayyyyyyyyy too much without justification other then being a fan of the Giants and you know….. I’d be upset and distraught being a giants fan too.

  36. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 12, 2013 10:25 PM

    @ianjim – I don’t think Eli Manning has played this well for four seasons in his career. Two of his worst seasons they won the SB. He is “annointed” whatever that means, so don’t hold out so long on foles. I wanna see him play well the rest of the season to decide WHERE we draft a qb this year too, but don’t be scared to see that his season is turning into something special

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