Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Show on Monday that he hopes Nick Foles is their starting quarterback for a long time.
“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 said. ” 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.”
Kelly says Foles has been gaining confidence week by week just like the rest of his team.
“What you see with Nick [Foles] and kind of what you see with our entire team is that, they continue to gain confidence the more they get a chance to play. You can manufacture situations in practice as much as you want, but there’s really no training that can simulate what goes on on the game field, with the crowd, with the emotions, with the outcome. You know, you can throw a pick in practice and then we’re just going to put the ball down and play the next play. In a game, there is a lot of weight to it,” Kelly said. “You’re watching him develop in front of you, making better decisions, all across the board. Sometimes, obviously none of us like sacks, but a lot of times, sometimes, you’d rather him take the sack than the other outcome. You don’t always have to make the great play, you just have to make what’s the best play at the time, and sometimes eating the ball—which he did a couple of times yesterday—was the better decision because if he threw it up he would have put it in harms way. Really, since we’ve been playing, since Nick has been in there—I think that one throw Sunday, that obviously we got a penalty and that saved us, but is the one where he has kind of put it in harms way. Besides that, I think he’s been outstanding.”
Kelly is trusting Foles more and more each week.
“For everybody here respect is given on day one, but trust is earned over time and the longer you are with people, no matter where you are, you develop a certain amount of trust for them and can he handle this? Each week you just see him make the little, tiny, subtle things, just making really really good decisions,” Kelly said. “So that’s why at the end of the game, when you’re trying to run clock a little bit, the last play we called was a pass play. And why did I call it? Because I knew he was either going to throw a short completion, wasn’t going to throw an incomplete pass, and if he was forced to run because it was a roll out, that he was going to go out of bounds and that’s what he did.”
Even with all the praise Kelly has been heaping on Foles, he didn’t draft him, Andy Reid did.
While Foles has looked good in a few games, let’s see how he does next season as well.