When the Eagles’ season came to a close with a playoff loss to the Saints, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said that there should always be competition at the quarterback position.
On Thursday, General Manager Howie Roseman agreed with the coach about the need for competition but stressed that any competition at the position this offseason wouldn’t be about Nick Foles.
“Nobody’s saying we’re bringing in competition for Nick Foles or we’re outwardly looking for competition for Nick Foles,” Roseman said, via the team’s website. “We’re looking for competition throughout our roster. We’ve said that when we’ve had Donovan McNabb. The question about the quarterback position is a broader question about the competition level. That’s not any slight on Nick Foles. The more talent you have on your roster at every position, the better everyone’s going to be. I think that we have tremendous support for Nick. We’ve been unquestioned about Nick.”
The Eagles have concerns on their roster, but Foles shouldn’t be one of them after his play last season. With Michael Vick leaving the team, there could be an addition to Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on the depth chart behind him and Roseman cited the team’s history of turning backup quarterbacks into helpful draft picks as another rationale for possibly picking a quarterback in May.