The announcement we all knew was coming has finally been…well, announced. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly officially passed along the news on Tuesday that second-year player Nick Foles has been made the Eagles permanent starter at quarterback for the rest of the season. Kelly delayed the announcement as he wanted former starter Michael Vick to be at full health before making a final decision. He saw little point in doing so while Vick was still suffering from a hamstring injury.
This was a no-brainer choice by Kelly. The Eagles have thrived under Foles, as they are currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak and tied for the top spot in the NFC East. So far this season, the back-up quarterback out of Arizona has an amazing 63.6 completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 128.0, throwing for 16 touchdown and zero interceptions.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Kelly spoke about how well each of them took the news.
“I think it helps our team overall because both of those guys have great attitudes. I think that rubs off on the rest of them, but I think it speaks to what the team is all about too. Those guys understand how this thing is put together, in that the same thing that I told Nick in August is the same thing I told Mike today. He’s a chinstrap away from having to go in again…They understand the situation and Mike wants to contribute anyway that he can. That’s the type of guy that he is. He’s a great teammate and great leader and he’s been great for Nick over the games that he’s been out in terms of helping him develop. We’ve got a good situation. I think we’ve got two quarterbacks who can win games in the NFL and I think you need both of them.”