In an interview with PhiladelphiaEagles.com this week, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly admitted that he didn’t really know a lot about second-year quarterback Nick Foles while he played in college. What he did know is that when they faced off, Kelly was usually really mad.
“I didn’t study him when he was at Arizona. I was usually pissed off when we were playing him because he was making plays. But you don’t really get a chance to watch him, the intricacies of what he’s doing. What are they throwing here? Three step concept, five step concept. How quickly is he getting the ball out of his hands. That’s our thought process. You’re not thinking about when you’re playing against him some day I’m going to coach him because he had already transferred. Wasn’t like he was going to transfer again.”
Small world, right? That the guy who would give him headaches in college, would end up being the one to save his rookie coaching season in the NFL. Foles is on an incredible run right now. So far this season, he has recorded 16 touchdowns, zero interceptions and has a 100-plus passer rating performance in six of his last seven games. More importantly, the Eagles now sit atop the NFC East division with a half game lead over the Dallas Cowboys.