In case you’ve been under a rock today, the news broke that Chip Kelly has named Nick Foles the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. After Foles put on a show the last few weeks, it was a given that he would step up and get the position. Going back to Michael Vick would be a mistake and he will serve well as Foles’ backup. Let’s take a look at what Kelly’s decision meant to the larger scope of the league.
There is a movement away from the mobile quarterback, the one built in Vick’s mold. These players are struggling this year, for the most part. Robert Griffin III and Colin Kapernick are both having down seasons. Russel Wilson is playing well but is still young in his career. A Super Bowl for Wilson would go far to prove critics wrong. These three are the prototypical running passers, and yes, Kapernick was in the championship game last year, but lost when faced with a superior defense.
Your great quarterbacks can escape pressure, but are quicker to sit in the pocket and read the defense. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are two of the greatest in league history. Neither can run with any mobility near to Foles. They are experts in making decisions, an asset Kelly has consistently praised in Foles. You see the anticipation throws, the timing routes, knowing what is coming and what it means. You see multiple reads and not Vick’s famous one-and-run from his time in Atlanta.
Kelly has made his call and will put his offense in the hands of a young quarterback cut in the mold of Brady and Manning. We will see how it plays out in the run to the playoffs.