Chip Kelly has “no idea” if Nick Foles comes back as Eagles starter

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Well, we know that when a quarterback decision is made in Philadelphia, coach Chip Kelly’s going to be the one to make it. He made sure to remind everyone of that earlier this week.

But Kelly wasn’t about to get into what-ifs Friday, when asked whether injured incumbent Nick Foles would return to the lineup when his broken collarbone heals.

I have no idea,” Kelly said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. “We could have no quarterbacks at that point in time.”

Foles wasn’t playing particularly well when he got hurt, which led to some speculation about the hold he had on the job. But realisitically, it’s nearly a moot point. He’ll miss at least a month, which will be enough time to gauge whether backup Mark Sanchez is better suited for the job anyway.

Kelly said that Foles would have another round of X-rays in three or four weeks to see how the bone was healing, but making any predictions prior to that would just be speculation.

He also noted that Brad Smith would be the Eagles’ emergency quarterback behind Matt Barkley.

27 responses to “Chip Kelly has “no idea” if Nick Foles comes back as Eagles starter

  1. Foles was a third round pick and Sanchez was a top 10 pick for a reason. Philly has more supporting talent than New York ever did so who knows, maybe Sanchez will thrive in Kelly’s system. Stranger things have happened in the NFL.

  2. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the Chipper. Sanchez is certainly being given a chance to win the job for ’15. He’s gotta hope he doesn’t butt-fumble it away.

  3. its kind of ridiculous. foles had one of the best seasons ever in the TD/INT catagory, and looked like a promising young player, and Sanchez, a guy who had a best season at 18/13 with 57 percent is the answer now? he has had plenty of time to show us exactly who he is. he is what 4 years of very consistent statistics say he is, mediocre.

  4. “Hopefully the nickname Mark “Franchise” doesn’t resurface over the next month.”

    It’s “Sanchize.” Do you actually watch football?

  5. ihttrforever says:
    Nov 7, 2014 1:47 PM
    The eagles are still pathetic and ringless,relying on mark Sanchez will not change change that.LOL.HTTR

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    Tell ya what…compare the skins and the Eagles’ records over the past 15 years. Tell me how “LOL” that is.

  6. That’s a great vote of confidence. Coming into this season, Eagles fans were calling him Nicky Franchise. Now, they are all but running him out of town. That has to make him feel good while he rehabs his injury. This is why Philly will always be a second-rate organization.

  7. Foles isn’t done. He performed bad because the OL was banged up and they couldn’t run like last year. He was throwing it way too much. The need to run to win, QB is pretty irrelevant in this offense.

  8. Sanchez has always been overrated. At USC and with the Jets.

    Now he has one game where he still throws 2 INT’s and people think he can take over?

    It’s very much true that Sanchez will have better offensive options with the Eagles then he had with the Jets, but he’ll still be Mark Sanchez.

    There’s some pretty crazy insanity going on in Philly. Foles is a good young QB. So he isn’t having an insane TD/INT ratio season this year. Oh well. But people are bashing him for throwing INT’s like most other QB’s.

    But Mark Sanchez is getting love after throwing…wait for it…2 INT’s.

    Now idiot Chip*hit Kelly is saying he doesn’t know if he’ll be the starter when he comes back? ROFL. That’s the way to run a franchise. Your young promising QB has to fear during his recovery Mark Sanchez? Well Mark Sanchez I’m pretty sure will make that an easy decision for you to return to Foles, once that time arrives.

    Now for perspective.

    Foles had 10 INT’s. 20 INT’s is very possible in today’s passing NFL.

    Hell Brett Favre threw 336 INT’s. Tarketon threw 266. Unitas 253. Marino 252. Hart 247. Fouts 242. Moon 233. Elway 226. I’ll stop there for retired guys. But what about guys still in the league?

    Manning 224, Brees 185, Eli Manning 176, even Brady has 136.

    So just because Foles has thrown a few INT’s doesn’t mean to throw him under the bus. That Sanchez bandwagon is due to go off course soon enough.

  9. 1point21jjwatts says:
    Nov 7, 2014 1:33 PM
    “Foles was a third round pick and Sanchez was a top 10 pick for a reason. Philly has more supporting talent than New York ever did so who knows, maybe Sanchez will thrive in Kelly’s system. Stranger things have happened in the NFL.”
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    As a Pac-12 fan I watched a lot of both QBs. In my opinion Foles was the better QB. If he played for USC and Sanchez played for Arizona, Foles would have been a top 3 QB and Sanchez would have been lucky to be drafted. It’s amazing how good a QB you can be when you have the best offensive line and WRs in the country like USC had back then.

  10. “Now he has one game where he still throws 2 INT’s and people think he can take over?”

    That’s more a negative reflection on Nick Foles than it is a positive reflection on Mark Sanchez.

  11. Foles, Sanchize, Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski, it’s never mattered and that’s an NFL fact. You see, that’s because the Pigeons have won exactly zero Super Bowls. Zero. Point. Zero. Thumbs down is a thumbs down for having to endure being a Pigeons fan.

  12. Chip clearly lacks the knowledge base to make a reliable QB analysis. When Rex Ryan hits the market at the end of this season, the Eagles should snap him up as HC. Then he and Sanchez can hit the ground running next year.

  13. Chip’s answer is more about the uncertainty with how Sanchez will play than what he thinks about Foles…why read any more into it?

  14. If the running game gets going, either QB puts more than enough points on the board to win. Without a run game, both will struggle. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.

  15. I know, I know. There, there Pigeons fans. It’s got be hard being the only bona fide flop of a franchise in a division full of rich Super Bowl history: Dallas Cowboys have won 5, New York Giants 4, Washington Redskins 3, Philadelphia Pigeons 0.0 and counting. The truth hurts.

  16. pigeons ?? oh you are so funny ! did you think that up yourself ?? I get it , they are birds just like Eagles , haha wow you have a Gift for comedy !

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