In Chip Kelly’s first year as the Eagles’ head coach, the team won the NFC East with a lot of help from quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles threw 27 touchdown passes and two interceptions on the way to a 10-6 record in what represented a high water mark for both men in Philadelphia. The Eagles didn’t return to the playoffs in 2014 or 2015 with last season’s swan song for Kelly in Philly coming with Sam Bradford at quarterback after Foles was dealt to the Rams off a disappointing 2014 season. Foles continued trending down and was released by the Rams last month.
There won’t be a reunion between coach and player. Kelly said Monday that the 49ers are focused on the quarterback competition between Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, leaving no room for Foles.
“I’m a big fan of Nick, but right now, our eggs are in Kap and Blaine’s basket,” Kelly said on KNBR 680-AM, via the San Jose Mercury News. “We’re going to see what those guys can do and we’re very confident in both those guys. That’s really got nothing to do with Nick, but it’s got a lot to do with Blaine and Kap in giving them an ample shot at being the quarterback. If you have three guys in the mix, it gets really diluted and now you’re not going to get enough reps for anybody to make a determination on who the quarterback should be.”
The Bills joined the Broncos and Cowboys in saying that Foles wasn’t an option before Kelly weighed in on Monday, which leaves plenty of other teams if not any obvious landing spots for the quarterback.