Lurie On Foles: ‘He’s Going To Have A Great Opportunity’

PHOENIX — Much has been made of the fact that Nick Foles doesn’t appear to have the exact skill set that Chip Kelly seems to prefer. Namely, that Kelly likes a QB who poses a threat to run, and Foles is no threat.

Lurie, in a newsy session with a small group of reporters at the owners meetings Monday, spoke highly of the signal-caller.

“I think it’s to be determined but Nick showed an awful lot before he broke his hand,” said the Eagles owner. “Poise and accuracy. We’re real excited about Nick. I think the best thing is to say to be determined how it’s going to work, but he’s going to have a great opportunity. He’s really bright, he’s a very hard worker, he has all the intangibles. We just have to see how he can maximize it or not.”

Some other highlights:

— Lurie said that he would push for a Super Bowl in Philadelphia if New York is a success.

“I will, yes I will. If it’s a success New York will help us,” he said.

— On the decision to move training camp to Philadelphia:

“We had a wonderful experience with Lehigh. They were fantastic. I loved the fan engagement there. I think with NovaCare being one of the top facilities — teams are really tending towards bringing it all to their home facility, and finding ways as Don [Smolenski] has done to really have some great fan engagement during that process in the stadium. It’s bringing it into the city, which we haven’t done for a while, and that’s exciting, too. Real exciting.

“It’s interesting when we interviewed coaches, we asked every coach what would they prefer because we tend to defer to the coach on this. And it was unanimous that every coach we interviewed I think that they wanted training camp, if you have a great facility, to be seamless with the facility the players are going to be training in year round.”

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  • Graham

    Hey Tim,
    Did you mean defer instead of differ?

    • TMcManus247

      Fixed. Thanks.

      • Graham

        Hey no problem!
        you guys put so much effort into putting together this phenomenal site, it is the least I could do.

    • JofreyRice

      I think he actually meant “Dilfer the Coach”. It’s what Lurie and Kelly refer to as the Gamma phase of Kelly’s plan, and another example of Kelly’s out of the box thinking: shortly before the season opener, he’ll fire himself, and hire Trent Dilfer as coach. It may sound a little crazy to some, but that’s what makes Kelly such a unique and exciting hire; he’ll challenge outdated modes of thinking like “winning the time of possession battle”, “not using the starting QB on kickoff coverage” or “being employed by the team”. It’s going to be a new era in Philly!

      • Graham

        I really like the sounds of this, thanks for the explanation… does this also mean Jeff Garcia will be brought out of hiding to run the read option?

        • UKEagle99

          No, Jeff Garcia is done. Jim McMahon will run the read option.

  • dmabram

    “defer to the coach” not “differ to the coach”

  • izzylangfan

    Foles isn’t going to have much opportunity if they draft Geno Smith. So Lurie really told us what we already know. The interest in Smith is a ruse.

  • Beotch

    Vick will win the job

  • Richard Colton

    When’s the last time we entered training camp with a legitimate 2-way or 3-way QB competition? $$$ says Vick starts week one. If we take a QB in round 1 or 2, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Foles is on the roster in July.

    • Nicholas Disilvestro

      i wonder if he can make it through pre season this year. even if he starts chip will not tolerate the turnovers like andy did.

      • Richard Colton

        Chip can say Foles/Vick/Dixon all have an equal shot, but unless you’re the Seahawks – you don’t pay a QB 10 million and not start him.