With the exception of one game against the Dallas Cowboys in the Philadelphia Eagles‘ first opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East, Nick Foles has been near flawless. He has played every bit as well as any other quarterback in the NFL, bar none. His quarterback rating has exceeded that of future Hall of Famers like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. Somehow he has even gotten the less than easy to convince Philadelphia fans behind him. Yet, it seems as though he will always have more work to do in order to prove himself the starter.
Chip Kelly has run the gamut of situations involving the quarterback position in this his first year as an NFL head coach. It would seem at this point, with Michael Vick having been out and injured for the better part of the season and with Foles playing so well, that he could name a permanent starter. Even with the consistently stellar play of his current starter — supported by a 4-1 record — compared with the questionable play of his original, Kelly seems unwilling to make a commitment. Is Kelly that tied into having his prototypical quarterback running his system to recognize what Foles is accomplishing? Or is he just smart enough to not give too much credit when everyone has hopped on the Foles bandwagon?
What happens behind closed doors may be totally different from what we as the public know as the truth, but the play of Foles has warranted at the very least credit for making the best of Kelly’s inaugural season. The next five games will help shape the future of Philadelphia football at the quarterback position, but if his play continues as it’s been during the Eagles’ run to the top it becomes more difficult with each passing week to imagine Kelly passing on Foles for an unproven NFL rookie next season. If Foles continues to perform like a franchise quarterback he’ll inevitably solidify his spot in Philadelphia and allow the Eagles to improve more as a team instead of wasting another pick on a quarterback.