Chip Kelly announced Monday that Nick Foles will be the quarterback in 2014. Eagles fans will have no argument with Kelly as Foles threw for 27 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions after being inserted into the lineup halfway through the season.
With Nick Foles’ numbers he is the first Eagles quarterback to lead in NFL passer rating since Tommy Thompson did it in the 1948-49 season.
But Chip Kelly stated that Foles will still have to “earn it” even if he is the starter. Kelly announced in the same meeting that he plans on bringing in another quarterback in the offseason via free agency or the draft to compete with Foles.
Kelly also commented that it is important to have confidence in two quarterbacks on the roster because they take “some unbelievable shots” regardless of the rules the NFL enforces to protect them. So while Foles is considered “the guy” in Philadelphia Kelly will bring in another quarterback because “you need two” to get through a season. Philadelphia’s season is perfect proof of that using three quarterbacks throughout 2013.
Experts such as Ladainian Tomlinson and Deion Sanders believe that Foles has more than earned the job but they are skeptical that he can be considered a franchise quarterback just yet. Tomlinson stated that he only sees the relationship going for a couple of years in the future because he does not believe Foles will be able to sustain success in Kelly’s dynamic offense due to his lack of mobility.
Eagles fans don’t seem to mind as Foles adamantly performed in the offense and there was no clear sign that his mobility was an issue. Some speculate that Kelly limited the vastness of the plays however.
All of this conversation also sheds light on the future of Michael Vick. Vick’s contract is up in March and with Vick only completing one full season in his career it may be unlikely for him to return as an Eagle.
Matt Barkley will likely stay on the roster but he is still developing which now leaves the question as to whether the Eagle’s will search for a number two quarterback in free agency or find one in the later rounds of the draft.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://douglasmacfaddin.net/nick-foles-is-the-guy/