Nick Foles Is The Guy

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


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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