Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 49-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles Chip Kelly: It's Not About Scheme, It's About Execution

Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly talks with tight end Brent Celek (87) and quarterback Nick Foles (9) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview with this week, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly praised the play of second-year quarterback Nick Foles. Despite Kelly’s vaunted high-octane offensive scheme that he brought with him from Oregon this offseason, he reenforced the idea that it’s the player who makes the plays, and not the other way around.

“It’s always about the individual, so it doesn’t matter what plays are called or what scheme is run. They still have to be executed. I think he is executing them and all the credit goes to (Foles). He spends a lot of time. He works extremely hard at it. He’s got a really good grasp on what we’re doing, extremely accurate in his throws. Again, doing a great job of just making decisions and not putting the ball in harm’s way. Sometimes you look at some passes. Some guys go through the defender’s hands and it’s not an interception. But it’s like, whoa, if he caught that. We had two of those last week against Green Bay if we just caught the ball. That’s two more interceptions for us. But very rarely do you see those situations come up in a game. I think he’s a really good decision maker. It’s exciting to see him grow here.”

Despite the praise, Kelly is still reluctant to name Foles as the Eagles permanent starter. But it’s hard to imagine he’d make a change back to Michael Vick after Foles’ recent success. I’d expect Kelly to confirm that decision before their Week 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals on December 1st.

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