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Chip Shots: If Foles throws 27 TDs in Tampa Bay, he can win job

Oct 7, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT


Nick Foles may get the start in Tampa Bay, but Michael Vick is still the Birds’ quarterback. At least that’s the way Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is looking at the situation the day after Foles replaced an injured Vick and led Philadelphia to a 36-21 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Actually, it’s not even written in stone that Foles will be under center in Week 6. Kelly said reports that Vick has already been ruled out are premature, so there’s a chance this controversy will be over before it ever gains any traction.

Should the second-year quarterback get the call however, Chip didn’t entirely rule out the possibility that Foles could win the job. Sure, the benchmarks might be unreasonable—okay, they’re completely impossible—but what he’s saying is there’s a chance.

I would have to imagine there is a level of efficiency that exists somewhere between 16-for-25 with two touchdowns—Foles’ numbers in relief of Vick on Sunday—and 100-for-100 with 27 touchdowns that would make Chip think twice about the decision to stay with Vick.

Vick was 6-for-14 for 105 yards before exiting late in the second quarter in New York. Over his last three games, the four-time Pro Bowler has completed just 33 of 71 pass attempts for a 46.5 completion percentage with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Regardless, Kelly is standing behind Vick for now, which from a coaching standpoint is probably the right move. When you also take into account his seven runs for 79 yards, Vick had nearly the same production as Foles against the Giants, minus the touchdowns.

Of course, scoring touchdowns just happens to be an area where the Eagles have struggled in recent weeks, so maybe that’s why Foles’ performance felt like a breath of fresh air for some people. It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens next.

  1. Ron - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Creating a controversy where there is none.

    And let’s get something straight, foles entered the game with the lead. He did an OK job. Nothing more and nothing less. Certainly not enough to be stroking him off to be the starter

  2. charlie d - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    It’s a great feeling to have 2 very capable QB’s. Foles did a great job coming in to back-up Vick.

  3. Hiccup - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Chip should stick with Foles as the starting quarterback and move Vick to runningback when he returns from his injury.

    • clueless - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      You, sir, are a moron.

    • Matt S. - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Lets not and say we did.

    • Come on Mannnn - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      I wouldnt even let you coach the pee wee team.

    • Hiccup - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Vic is not god when it comes to being a quarterback; he is at best average. Where he excels is in his running game which can be symbiotic of a subpar passing game due to his inability to “see” the entire feild and how the play may unfold before him thus requiring him to run which he can do very well.
      I am no expert nor am I a troll. I am a fan but not a fanatic when it comes to this current roster. Chip needs to play Foles to see what he has; we already know what Vic has to offer and it’s not in the Eagles best interest to put all it’s chips in that pot.

  4. erzug - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    The issue is that when Foles is in the game, the running game will suffer due to him not being a threat to run himself. As a passer, he is more willing to throw to spots on the field where the receiver is supposed to be, which is not as likely to happen with Vick.

  5. hitnrun - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    So you’re saying there’s a chance?

  6. Emil - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    A Kulp,

    Why don’t you ask Chip Kelly what he sees in Vick to keep him as his starting QB NO MATTER WHAT Nick Foles does against Tampa. If he even plays for that matter.

    Like I said, Nick Foles actually BLEW THE LEAD Michael Vick left him with by going 3 and out 4 straight times. The defense was the reason we got it back the lead, giving Nick a short field to work with.


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