Chip Kelly finally states the obvious: Nick Foles is the Eagles’ starter

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For weeks, as Nick Foles has continued to rack up absurd numbers in Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense, Kelly has refused to say anything more than that Foles is the starter for the next week.

Now Kelly has made it official: At a Tuesday press conference, Kelly said Foles is the starter not only this week but, if all goes according to plan, for the rest of the season. Kelly said he expects Michael Vick to be healthy enough to play this week, but Vick will be the backup.

Although Kelly played coy, everyone knew this had to be the call: You don’t bench a quarterback who’s playing the way Foles is playing. Foles has completed 103 of 162 passes for 1,554 yards, with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 128.0 would break the all-time single-season NFL record if he can keep it up for the rest of the year.

On Sunday Foles will get a tough test against a good Cardinals defense. Kelly said Foles doesn’t need to worry about losing his job if he struggles. Chip Kelly’s offense is now Nick Foles’s offense.

66 responses to “Chip Kelly finally states the obvious: Nick Foles is the Eagles’ starter

  1. Whether Foles is the answer remains to be seen, but Eagles fans knew Vick was not the answer. That said, nice to see Vick handled the demotion well and put team over himself.

  2. Anyone see the REDSKINS game last night? That game last night reminded me of week 1 of the NCAA football season when Alabama schedules some “slap-d*ck” D2 school…

    Last time I seen a game end that fast, I was watching Brandon Meriweather and Jonathan Martin play Monopoly with Richie Incognito

    #FLYeaglesFLY

  3. The birds have a tough stretch coming up right now. They way they’ve hit their stride lately, this will identify who they are as a team this season. If they survive this stretch and Nick Foles maintains this level of play through it, then the Eagles should be considered a threat the top dogs in the NFC despite their woes early this season.

  4. Fortunatley, the NFL has seen fit to NOT flex this game to Primetime – even though it’s the best game of the weekend not starring Peyton Manning. #mindboggled

  5. Kudos to Vick…although I don’t want him as my QB, he has been the model team mate. Some team will pick him up.

  6. Foles has earned the job with the stats he has put up. Can’t argue with the decision to go with Foles BUT I do believe Vick got shafted just because of the schedule. He gets hurt and Foles gets to come in and play the Giants, Bucs, Cowboys, Giants again, Oakland, Green Bay, and Washington and after this game against a tough Cardinals defense (which Foles will probably lose and struggle heavily against a very good team) he gets the Lions Vikings Bears and Cowboys, four of the worst defenses in the NFL. Vick played LIGHTS OUT the first two weeks and struggled against Kansas City and Denver (not the only QB to struggle against KC and Denver) then loses the job. If you follow the NFL and defensive rankings and statistics you can’t tell me Vick wouldn’t have had just as good of a stretch as Foles did in that cake of a schedule. If Vick would have gotten hurt in game two and Foles came in to play the Chiefs and then the Broncos Vick would have been back in for the next game and the Eagles would be going in to this game with the same record they have now but Vick as the starter.

  7. It’s unconscionable that Kelly waited this long. I still think he’s a college coach finding his way coaching men.

  8. Awwwww CRAP!! He just jinxed it now by calling him the starter. It was fun while it lasted. Winning was fun while it lasted. 🙂

  9. jbaxt says:
    Nov 26, 2013 12:44 PM
    So any team who beats the Eagles now is beating their backup.

    Sincerely, absurd excuse for the Chiefs 9-2 record.

    Or you could spin it as when the Chiefs beat the Eagles Vick was the QB so you can add him to the list of backups the Chiefs have beat this year

  10. richiebburg, Vick didn’t get “shafted” by anything. As someone who liked watching him change his game a bit and turn his life around over the past 4 years, I can tell you that Vick did it to himself. He’s just no good anymore. In fact, he was never good. He has unparalleled athletic talent and a monster arm, but like all people who are 33-34 years old, that’s fading. No mobile QB ever lasts in this league. Vick’s lost a step, is too short, and not smart enough football-wise to make it. He’d be an awesome backup now though, because if he goes in and is rested, he’ll tear defenses up.

    Congrats Foles!

  11. How many teams would like to know they could play Mike Vick if their starting QB went down? It’s a great situation for the Eagles.

  12. @richie.

    Exactly, you can spin it anyway you prefer. But if that’s the case, then Campbell and Keenum are starters, not backups. So KC only beat 3 backups, not the 9 people seem to think.

  13. Kevin Kolb 2.0 has benefitted from the cream puff defenses, now he has to play versus REAL defenses.

    He is 1 concussion from Vick as starter again. Good job backup.

  14. It could certainly be a welcome to the NFL moment vs. Arizona, since they blitz 50% of the time and Foles and the offensive line will have their hands full. On the other hand, the Bucs and Raiders defenses were ranked high when Foles played them, and he lit them up on the road.

  15. the most impressive thing about the uncertainty about the eagles “starting” QB has been how classy mike vick has been throughout.

    he’s been fully supportive and a great teammate both publicly and (seemingly) privately.

    i’ve gained a lot of respect for him as this has unfolded. it’s easier to see now why he builds rapport with his teammates so quickly and why they are so fiercely loyal to him. i never really understood until now.

  16. ccjcsr says:
    Nov 26, 2013 12:47 PM
    Might want to hide that decision as they will choke the rest of the year!

    #CowboysNation
    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    One playoff win in 17 years? Who is the one choking??

  17. This will be a good test for Foles. He is going to have to dink & dunk to move the ball down the field against AZ. The Cardinals have a tendency to not blitz as often against young QB(s) (Luck, Keenum, & Glennon) while playing zone coverage with PP locking down the #1 WR & letting the front 4 (Campbell, Dockett, & Abraham) get the pressure. And they don’t let you run the ball on them. I have a feeling it is going to be a long day for Foles on Sunday.

  18. I think richiebburg might be Marcus in hiding. Anyone that knows Michael Vick knows he is hurt every time he gets on the field. Foles is not even mobile and does not get injured like Vick. He just knows what to do with the ball. I have said this since he was with Atlanta. The most overrated qb I have ever seen in my 50 years of watching football. Oh yea great athelete but can he play football ?

  19. I’ve been a huge fan of Vick for a long time now, but he doesn’t get *that* much credit for taking this one on the chin. He knows he’s looking at a short term starting job or back up job every year from now on, and if he can’t smile while he holds a clip board, those opportunities evaporate.

  20. beardinals says:
    Nov 26, 2013 12:39 PM
    Vick will be happy collecting a paycheck as a backup and not getting trounced for the next few years.

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    Unless he stays with the Eagles Vick will be a starter next year Guaranteed. You think Joe Banner in Cleveland wouldnt want to pick him up again. What about Oakland, Arizona, Minnesota, or Jacksonville? Then there are the teams with shaky qbs that could bring him in for competition. He could easily go to Tampa, St Louis, Buffalo, NYJ, Houston, or Tennessee and possibly win a job in week 3 or 4. Maybe even win a job outright. Heck if Josh Freeman(even though he lost it) can do it so can Vick.

  21. I remember when he annointed Vick the starter he said that it was for the entire year no matter what. He wasn’t going to change QBs.

    I thought that was almost as stupid as naming Vick the starter in the first place.

    Thankfully noone remembers what a coach says at the beginning of the year.

  22. macjacmccoy says:
    Nov 26, 2013 3:37 PM

    Unless he stays with the Eagles Vick will be a starter next year Guaranteed. You think Joe Banner in Cleveland wouldnt want to pick him up again. What about Oakland, Arizona, Minnesota, or Jacksonville? Then there are the teams with shaky qbs that could bring him in for competition. He could easily go to Tampa, St Louis, Buffalo, NYJ, Houston, or Tennessee and possibly win a job in week 3 or 4. Maybe even win a job outright. Heck if Josh Freeman(even though he lost it) can do it so can Vick.
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    You have lost your dang mind if you think Vick would be a starter in the NFL for any other team than Philly.
    STL-Nope, Bradford will be starting there in 2014
    Tampa-Nope, Glennon looks like the near term solution & may be the long term solution
    Buffalo-Nope, EJ Manuel will be the starter there in 2014
    AZ-Nope, Palmer is playing well & will be there in 2014
    Tennesee-Nope, Locker will be back starting in 2014
    Oakland-Nope, looks like McGloin might be the future there.
    Houston-Nope, Keenum/Bridgewater will be starting in 2014
    NYJ-Nope, they already have a younger version of the turnover machine there that will get another year to see iff he is the answer at QB

    That leaves Jacksonville & Minnesota, both are likely drafting a Qb in the top 5 of the first round & would not bring in Vick as a bridge to the young QB.

  23. I gotta disagree with richiebburg on this one. Vick losing his job as the starter was inevitable. The truth of the matter is Vick 10 years ago probably wouldn’t have lost his job, but the Vick we have now is battle worn. He may still be able to play in some capacity but the flashes he showed early in the season were the last bit of sparks he had to offer with us.

    The team needs a complete fresh start and Reid knew that several seasons ago when he drafted Kolb(thank God we dodged that bullet!). Foles fits the landscape of the what we’ve seen as successful in the league. A QB with the intelligence to make the right plays more often than the wrong plays. Sure this weekend he’s going to face of very tough defense. That’s the nature of the game. What QB hasn’t faced a tough defense? But I’ll use the example of Tom Brady losing to the Panthers a few weeks ago: one bad game does not break a QB.

    This is Foles second year and he’s primed to be the long term starter. What matters at this point is that the team has rallied around him and elevated their level of play on offense. AND because defenses aren’t respecting him, when he does run, it’s to pick up the neceassry yards, not to make the highlight reel on Sportscenter.

    I look forward to the Chip n’ Nick show unfolding and I hope this is the combo to bring home that long awaited trophy to get this monkey off our backs! E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!

  24. ccjcsr says:
    Nov 26, 2013 12:47 PM
    Might want to hide that decision as they will choke the rest of the year!

    #CowboysNation
    ____________________________________

    Trust me the last thing you should want is for the team with the type of Road record we have to have to come to your house with the Division on the line. Be afraid…. be VERY afraid!

  25. FYI, Tampa and Oakland both had top 10 defenses when Foles played them. Their offenses may have been trash but their defenses were quality units. The “cream-puff” statement was funny, as in, so-incredibly-inaccurate-that-its-laughable funny.

  26. Staying classy on this one Eagles – from the head coach down to the new starting QB and the departing starting QB. Everybody being on the same page rarely makes headlines anymore.

  27. To mike Vick this is much ado about nothing , just a handful of games left where he can TOTALLY HEAL up and be ready to play for another team next season.
    He was never going to remain there especially on how some things were handle.this league is litter with terrible QB’s, And when healthy he can ball with anyone and is a pleasure to watch.I can think of a few teams he would look mighty fine on.

  28. I’ve been very impressed with Foles (even though I thought he should of been starting from day 1), but I am doubly impressed by the way Vick has handled it. Total class all the way. He’s handled it better than a lot of guys I can think of who were supposed to be “classy” guy when their time came.

    On another note, I’d be worried if I was an NFC East team. Chip didn’t have time to put HIS guy into place. By the time he was hired, first crop of FA’s was gone, by the time he got his staff in place, the draft was over. Given a full off season to implement his scheme’s, and they could be scary. Let’s be honest, they have may 2-3 guys on the roster who’s ideal defense is a 3-4. Their O-Line is well suited for the system, but the skill players, out side of Shady and D Jackson aren’t. If they get a few more weapons in here who fit the system (Maclin could be on that’s already here), and guys like Ertz develop, this will be a scary team in 2014 and beyond. I always thought it was a build towards 2015 and beyond, but Chip has pushed that forward, doing a better job than I thought he would.

    Also, Kudos to guys like Trent Cole, Demeco Ryans, Todd Herremans and Jason Peters. Guy who probably don’t fit the system well personally, and know it, but have done everything Chip asked to keep from hurting the locker room. I don’t include Jackson and McCoy in that list because hypothetically, this offense is tailor made for them

  29. “Trust me the last thing you should want is for the team with the type of Road record we have to have to come to your house with the Division on the line. Be afraid…. be VERY afraid!”

    Right, because that always works out so well for the Eagles. There are no Pryors, Tolziens, Mannings, Glennons or Griffins throwing the ball in Dallas.

  30. It was the only decision to make. Vick is not signed past this year and Foles has 2 years remaining on his contract. Kelly needs to see if Foles in the Franchise QB a lot of us think he is. If not, the NFL draft is in May. Either way, Vick will not be wearing an Eagles uniform next year. He is handling it like a good teammate though, and wish him nothing but success the rest of his career unless he ends up in the NFC East. The last thing Foles would have needed is Vick pouting and dividing the locker room. I think Foles is the answer. Agree, he is not mobile, but he is accurate, and I think accuracy and reading the defense to get rid of the ball quickly is more important than mobility. I think Foles can be an above average qb in the league, but I am not sure about elite, although he has looked pretty solid the last month or so.

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