Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly was asked earlier today if he would now name Nick Foles as the Starting Quarterback. The conversation went like this:
(To Coach Kelly) With the way Nick’s playing, is it just ridiculous to even ask about who the starting quarterback is?
CHIP KELLY: Yes. He’s going to start for the bye week (joking). So you guys want to know who the starting quarterback is? Nick will be the starter for the bye week.
Foles is playing at a high level. His passer rating is an NFL Leading 128.0. He is averaging 9.59 yards per pass. He hasn’t thrown an interception in 199 pass attempts. Chip Kelly may like to joke to the media about who the staring Quarterback is. But if you read between the lines during the same interview the Eagles’ fans can rest easy.
(To Coach Kelly) But especially in terms of passer rating, how do you determine that? That is some pretty elite company that he’s (Foles) in.
CHIP KELLY: Big thing for me with our quarterbacks is wins number one and interceptions number two. He’s been really good at both of those. …But when you have a guy that’s consistently not putting the ball up for the other team and serving it up, we’re plus ten in the six games we’ve won, and I think we’re minus six or minus seven or minus eight in the games we’ve lost. That is a direct correlation. There’s a direct correlation between the turnover game. That is the biggest thing for me. So I don’t really look at anything that gets over a hundred it skews me. I don’t know how you hit like a 132. I know the higher the number, the better. But the biggest thing for us is are we winning? And we’ve won with Nick. He’s not turning the ball over, and that’s huge for us.
Rest easy Eagles’ Fans. For now. Foles will start against the Cardinals in two weeks.