When Chip Kelly arrived as the Eagles’ head coach, there was talk that Nick Foles was a bad fit. Foles, after all, is painfully slow — his 5.14-second 40-yard dash is the slowest at the Scouting Combine in the last four years — and Kelly made his mark as a coach in a system that took advantage of mobile quarterbacks.
But you can’t argue with Foles’s results: Foles has completed 63.2 percent of his passes, for 1,256 yards, with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions, and an absurd passer rating of 132.5. Eagles coach Chip Kelly says Foles is showing that Philadelphia’s offense isn’t about having a fast quarterback, it’s about having a quarterback who makes the right reads and executes accordingly.
“The thing with Nick is, he may not be fleet of foot, but he’s fleet of mind,” Kelly told CSNPhilly.com. “He’s a really, really good decision maker. Part of being a guy that can distribute the football throwing the ball, being a good decision maker is the same exact situations in the run game. You have to be a good decision maker to know when to give it and to know when to pull it. It’s really just taking advantage of what the defense is. If they’re all going to commit and try to take away the running back and no one’s responsible for the quarterback, you’ve got to be able to make them pay, and Nick has done that for us.”
Foles jokes that while Michael Vick can run a 4.3-second 40, Foles himself can only run a 4.3-second 30. But whatever he can run, he has proven that he can run Kelly’s offense.