Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly Wise Not to Proclaim Nick Foles as Long Term Starter

By Greg Sulik
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Foles had a record setting day during the Philadelphia Eagles’ 49-20 rout of the Oakland Raiders, completing 22/28 passes for 408 yards and 7 TDs. It was a performance that put his name in the NFL record books in the exclusive club of quarterbacks to throw seven touchdowns in one game. His breakout game has also led to many observers declaring Foles to be the Eagles’ quarterback of the future.

However, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has a message for those people: slow down. In today’s press conference, Kelly refused to even name Foles the starter for the rest of the season, saying that the team will re-evaluate their quarterback situation when Michael Vick is healthy. This is a very smart move from Kelly, because people are jumping to way too many conclusions over Foles’ big day.

For starters, there have been countless quarterbacks who had one big game but failed to do much else with their career, including Matt Flynn, who was cut for the second time this season today. Most of those QBs never went off like Foles did, but the point is that one game doesn’t make a career. Secondly, it’s not like the Raiders have an outstanding pass defense, and Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger have all had good games against the Raiders this season.

Of course, the Eagles and their fans are desperate to find a franchise quarterback, and you can’t blame them for thinking Foles could be the answer. However, we are still talking about a quarterback who was extremely turnover prone as a rookie last season (5 INTs and 8 fumbles in 7 games) and who has very limited starting experience.

Foles has looked good at times this season, and he very well may be the long term answer for the Eagles. However, he simply does not have enough experience, especially against top flight defenses, for us to anoint him as a franchise QB. Kelly was very smart not to do that, as Foles doesn’t need any added pressure. Foles may become the long term starter for Philly, but it is still to soon to call him the Eagles’ savior.

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