Chip Leaves Quarterback Door Open


Chip Kelly bobbed and weaved his way around a flurry of questions about the quarterback situation at his post-game press conference.

Nick Foles, starting for the injured Michael Vick, went 22-of-31 for 296 yards with three touchdown passes against the Bucs and also ran for a score. In just over 1 1/2 games, the second-year signal-caller has thrown for 493 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

“I thought Nick did a really good job,” said Kelly. “He ran our offense, he did a really good job of spreading the ball around to different receivers, and I’m really, really happy with the way we played today.”

Did Foles do enough to win the starting job over a healthy Vick?

“Was he 100 for 100?” asked Kelly, referencing his quote from earlier this week saying that Foles could win the job if he was 100-for-100 with 27 touchdowns.

“We’ll evaluate everything — go back and watch the film, see what we did good, see what we did bad then see where we are, see where Mike is.”

Vick was active against Tampa because the emergency quarterback James Casey was sidelined with a groin injury. Kelly said that Vick isn’t 100 percent healthy, but could have finished the game for the Eagles if called upon. Asked if he expects Vick to be ready for the Cowboys, Kelly said he doesn’t deal in hypotheticals. He used  the same line when asked if Vick would be the starter against Dallas if he is 100 percent healthy.

— On Riley Cooper‘s big day (He had four catches for 120 yards and a touchdown): “I think the opportunities are there — that’s the way I felt all along with Riley. I think he’s an outstanding receiver and when the ball is thrown to him he catches it. Today, he did a really great job.”

— On going 2-of-3 in the red zone: “We did a better job. We spent a lot of time this week in practice making sure we could execute down there, and we did.”

— Late in the game, with the offense facing a 4th-and-1 from the Tampa 17, the Eagles lined up as if they were going for it, and the Bucs were drawn offsides by a Foles hard count. Kelly said they were just trying to get the defense to jump, and weren’t actually going for it.


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  • Bdawk20

    So, what we’ve learned: 1) Foles doesn’t detract from the running game 2) Foles throws under when that is what the defense gives him 3) Foles throws over when that is what the defense gives him 4) Foles can throw either way accurate enough to be our QB 5) Foles will get sacked

    The offense runs the way it is supposed to under Foles I think…

    • Ron Swanson

      He did only get sacked once surprisingly. It seemed like more because the pressure was there a lot. There were a couple of risky throwaways that I didn’t like too much, but he got rid of the ball pretty quick most of the game.

  • Adam

    Hey, another media bonehead question line, but I guess if they didn’t ask it someone else would have.

    Obviously not going to make a decision on any roster moves before watching the tape. And still probably won’t make it until Sunday morning of next week.

    • Ron Swanson

      Chip’s response is just fantastic though. He would be a fun guy to go grab a beer with.

  • theycallmerob

    The Eagles won in every “Key To The Game” category: run the ball (McCoy going over 100 ru/yds was HUGE, plus the receiving yards.); score off the turnovers (Bucs lucked into going 3for3 on fum. recoveries, but ol’ noodle arm converted on the one INT); prevent any costly mistakes via penalties, offensive turnovers, defensive big plays, or ST issues.

    It was nice to just see the team execute. I don’t see how they can bench Foles after this game, and it’s not as if an upper hammy injury is something a 33yr old man should rush back from. Should Foles play well again, he should ride out the year.

    I don’t see any controversy here. Not a bad issue to have. But let the kid play and see what’s there. Our D, by giving Glennon 20, showed that no qb on our roster (or on planet earth) could take us to the promised land this year.

    • Andy124

      Agreed, especially the last sentence.

      My early prediction for next week, Foles plays pretty well, Eagles D blows the game.

      • theycallmerob

        We have to win. 3-0 in the division would be amazing. I don’t think the Dallas D can stop this team. If we keep playing strong against the run, only a Romo-explosion would cost us the game.

        Either way, I don’t see how that would further a “qb controversy”. Kelly has owned Kiffin’s defenses. Even Ratliff, Kelce’s nemesis, is expected out. If there was ever a time for DJax to go off for 300 yds, it is next week. Man, I’m hyping myself up already. F#ck the cowboys.

        • Token

          It will be tough. Our D is gonna get demolished. So the O is really going to have to be on its top game. Oline must play way better.

          And it sucks this game is at home, how sad is that to say. Worst home field advantage there is. What are we on a 8 game home losing streak? I miss the Vet for that reason at least.

          • theycallmerob

            I’m praying to my bourbon deities that Murray and Austin both get tackled and see their hamstrings dissolve. But they may be as bad as the giants d. Just like this game, it is on McCoy…and just like this game, I hope he delivers!

          • G_WallyHunter

            Don’t forget about that one certain person limping into the locker room last night. I didn’t get any info on him after. I think his name was Ware? #94? I think he plays D for Dallas right? Ya so he might be injured…

        • Adam

          But more importantly, we need to win because I’m gonna be at this game.

          • G_WallyHunter

            gtfo…. damn that’s sick. Represent the North well down there, don’t get too much more stupid before you come back over the wall

        • Pennguino

          I agree. I think the offense can score but this defense will not keep Dallas out of the end zone. Dallas might punt twice the whole game. It will take 40 points to maybe beat them.

        • Ron Swanson

          I think a Romo explosion is in the cards. This D isn’t good enough to contain a good offense like them. The only hope is that the O can keep up.

          • theycallmerob

            I think a key over/under is turnovers. We need to go +2. Our D may be able to tee off a little more, akin to the Giants last wek, seeing as how their run game is underwhelming.
            If we can let Romo be Romo and capitalize, big win.

  • lol. “Did Foles go 100 for 100” Yeah. Kelly’s leaving that door open.

    • Pennguino

      Are you saying he is not? It sounds sarcastic.

    • Token

      Start counting down the days.

    • Adam

      “If someone comes in and puts in an unbelievable performance you have to take it all into account.”

      Mmm, I’d say that door is a tinsy bit open.

      • No. I’d say that’s the same pat answers Kelly always gives. Like his “100 for 100 27 touchdown” comments from last week. He wasn’t “leaving the doot open” last week. He’s not this week.

        • sprawl

          whether the starting job is left open or not he will absolutelywant the cowboys to have to prepare for both QBs

        • Andy124

          Because he was being totally literal with those stats…

    • Brian

      You might have to change your name to ‘Big Butt and a Frown’. :(

    • theycallmerob

      2-3 in the Red Zone. 71% comp. 0 ints. 1 sack. 9.3 YPA.

      And most of all, 2-2 on passes that traveled more than 20+ yds in the air. Both for TDs. And that doesn’t include either the McCoy or Cooper 44yd RAC plays.

      Refuse to accept what you want. We’ll miss you in 2014.

      • ” We’ll miss you in 2014.”

        You’re going somewhere?

        If so, will you take Token, Adam, Andy124 and Richard Colton with you.

        • theycallmerob

          Can’t disagree with anything else I stated, eh?

          • What’s there to disagree with. Foles played a great game. I was unaware that I suggested otherwise?

        • Andy124

          WooHoo! I’m famous!

        • Adam

          Unless they change the name to Vick 24/7, I don’t forsee that happening.

    • damrvrhunter

      Just have Vicks baby and get it over with already.

  • Andy

    There is zero reason to disclose which QB will start next week, whether Vick is healthy or not. Make Dallas prepare for both quarterbacks instead of focusing on one.

  • Eagles4Life

    Here we go again. Good win. Great play by Foles. Vick is the QB if healthy. Chill out and focus on Dallas for next week. My Lord.

    • Vick Must Go

      If Vick is the QB if healthy… then I hope he caught MRSA today

      • Eagles4Life

        Dude, stop wasting your breath. Be a fan of the team or move the hell on.

        • Vick Must Go

          Bigger fan than you’ll ever be… dude

          • Eagles4Life

            I’m going to go out on a limb and say NO.

          • Vick Must Go

            Don’t fall off that limb

      • Brandon Boykin, OLB

        Never wish injuries upon anyone unless their name is Tom Brady. Men’s lives are on the line here.

        • Andy124

          Tom Brady? What’d he do besides be awesome and date a supermodel? Now if you had said Mike Irvin… but he’s not playing any more.