There’s been plenty of talk since Chip Kelly came on board as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach as far as whether or not the team would attempt to trade Nick Foles since he’s not a running quarterback. It’s no secret that Kelly prefers to run an offense with a quarterback capable of running the ball like he did when he was coaching the Oregon Ducks, but even though Foles doesn’t seem like a fit at the moment–Kelly made it clear that he wants the opportunity to coach Foles.
While he struggled for the most part in the seven games he appeared in as a rookie in 2012, Foles did show potential at times last season–especially when he threw for 381 yards to go along with three combined touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. The argument can also be made that Foles was at a disadvantage considering how much Philadelphia’s offensive line struggled for most of the season–forcing Foles to face situations that would be uncomfortable for any quarterback.
As of now, all signs point to Kelly giving Michael Vick or Dennis Dixon a shot at the starting job considering they’re both capable of pulling off the big runs when compared to Foles, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be considered the quarterback of the future. Who knows–maybe the experience gained by Foles last year will help him this season and beyond when it comes to taking over the starting job down the road.
For now though, Foles should just consider himself lucky that Kelly recognizes his potential and wants to keep him around.
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