Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is thoroughly impressed with the play of Nick Foles, rightfully so. In fact, he is so impressed that as long as he is at the helm in Philadelphia Foles will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles.
“He’s the starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years here,” Kelly said, according to CSNPhilly.com.
“Yeah, you hope [Nick Foles is the quarterback of the future], but — and I don’t mean to be coy, I always say this — is that, you can say that whomever it is, is your player of the future and then next week they get hurt,” Kelly added. “You know, so, I hope Nick [Foles] is here for a long time. I’m a big supporter of him, I think he does a fantastic job, but we also know that injuries occur in this game and that’s why I always qualify what I say. I love the kid and I think he’s playing outstanding.”
There is no question Foles is playing out of his mind since taking over the starting job. He has tossed 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions, which is one touchdown shy of Peyton Manning’s record of 20 touchdowns without an interception to start a season. The fact is if it weren’t for Manning playing at an incredibly high level this year, Foles could be considered a frontrunner for the NFL MVP award.
It has to be Kelly’s offensive scheme that is the main reason for why Foles is playing so well. I mean, there’s really no other explanation for the size of the jump he’s made from his rookie season to just his second year in the league. Obviously, he put the time in the offseason to become a better player, but there’s no denying that Kelly has had a huge impact on the signal caller.
The lesser story here is that Michael Vick’s career with the Eagles will come to an end. At this point, there’s no reason for the organization to re-sign him, which means he will be free to join free agency after the season.