Head coach Chip Kelly has named Michael Vick the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback, and has stated that’s not a temporary title for Vick. As the dominoes fall, that leaves Nick Foles as the guy holding the clipboard and preparing himself for the seemingly-inevitable moment Vick hits the turf and is slow to get back up.
But when that moment comes, is Foles even the best guy to take the reigns?
There’s a lot of love for Foles in and around Philadelphia. There’s a certain segment of the fanbase that believes — and believes strongly — he should be the guy leading the team for Kelly’s inaugural season. However, I’m not entirely convinced Kelly is interested in Foles ever running his offense.
Firstly, the entire quarterback competition was a sham. The second Vick had his contract restructured and guaranteed starter money, he was going to be the guy under center Week 1. The “competition,” as I see it, was nothing more than a mind game Kelly was playing with Vick to get him to start looking over his shoulder again and hopefully bring the best out of him.
By and large, it worked. By all accounts, Vick is working his tail off and it’s showing on the field, sans a few head-scratchers from the third preseason game against Jacksonville.
Vick has been making better decisions, is throwing the ball strong and accurately, and even looks faster. He can be an incredible threat in the read-option and can sling the ball like few others. In other words, he’s everything Kelly wants in his quarterback.
Now look at Foles and see how many of those qualities can be attributed to his game.
The fumbled snap and following interception in the back of the endzone is as big a bonehead play as you’ll ever see. Any ball thrown past the 15-20 yard area is a dead duck, and his athleticism is limited. In other words, he’s just the type of quarterback Kelly would have no patience for.
Kelly wants dynamic and fast-paced. He wants to end 80-yard drives in two plays. He wants to hit the gas early and not let up.
With Foles, that’s not going to happen. There’s nothing wrong with slow and methodical, and a head coach running that type of West Coast offense would likely have some success with Foles, but he’s not right for Kelly’s system.
It’s unclear what someone would be willing to offer for Foles, but as things stand right now it would appear to be in the team’s — and his — best interest to move him to the highest bidder.