Chip Kelly Names Nick Foles Eagles' Starting QB for Rest of Season

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles jogs off the field following the Eagles 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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A seemingly obvious decision was made official on Tuesday, as Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly named Nick Foles his starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Foles has started each of the team's past three games, and Philly has won all of them. The second-year signal-caller has thrown for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions during that span, pushing the Eagles into a first-place tie with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.   

Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly provides thoughts from Foles on the move:

Foles: "mike has been tremendous throughout the whole thing. The best thing about mike is he's a great team player."

— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) November 26, 2013

What does Foles need to do to be the starter next year? "Win."

— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) November 26, 2013

N. Foles: "You want the ball in your hands each and every play and you’re the 1 making the decision. If you lose, a lot of that is on you."

— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) November 26, 2013

Michael Vick began the season as the starter, and things seemed to be going quite well at first. However, the injury bug eventually bit him as it so often has over the years, allowing Foles to step in.

Vick's hamstring continued to be troublesome, which allowed Kelly to delay naming a permanent starter. Now that Vick has returned, though, Kelly finally committed to Foles.     

Rather than complaining, Vick has accepted the situation with grace. In fact, he said on Saturday that Foles deserves to be the Eagles' starter, according to the NFL.   

Considering the fact that Foles, 24, has thrown 16 touchdowns to no interceptions on the season with a passer rating of 128, it's nearly impossible for anyone to argue with Kelly's decision, including Vick.

As well as Foles has played this season, it remains to be seen how he will handle high-pressure games down the stretch.

He faltered in his biggest start of the season thus far when he completed just 38 percent of his passes for 80 yards against the Cowboys in Week 7.

Each and every game is now of the utmost importance with Philly tied for the NFC East lead, and much of the pressure rests on Foles' shoulders.   

 

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