PHOENIX — Chip Kelly referred to quarterback as the most important position on the field multiple times during his 70-minute session with reporters at the owners meeting Wednesday.
He also made it clear that he does not view it as a death sentence if your team does not have a franchise signal-caller.
“We still have to play,” said Kelly. “So if you don’t have a franchise quarterback you can’t just throw your hands up before the game and go, ‘We don’t have Tom Brady so we’re screwed today.’ Every coach’s job is to put their players in position to make plays. You have to adjust and you have to adapt, and I think that’s where people make mistakes.”
Kelly referenced Mike Shanahan drastically altering the offense when RGIII got hurt and Kirk Cousins went in. He also brought up John Fox making the playoffs with Tim Tebow and then Peyton Manning in Denver. Two different skill levels and styles, but Denver was able to make alterations and maximize the talent at that position.
Now we come to a most interesting part of this conversation.
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.”
A look at what Chip Kelly’s history with quarterbacks at Oregon might tell us about the Eagles’ decision to hang on to Nick Foles.
Chip Kelly wants to hold onto Nick Foles. It has been said. It has been repeated. It has been ignored.
Now there is a little weight behind the words.
On Wednesday, news came down that the Chiefs acquired Alex Smith for the 34th overall pick in April’s draft and a conditional pick in 2014. This days after reports surfaced that Andy Reid was in pursuit of his old quarterback, and had his advances denied.
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Chip Kelly stepped up to the podium at Lucas Oil Stadium shortly after 2:30 Thursday afternoon.
“Is there a protocol?” he asked, unsure of whether he was supposed to make some kind of opening statement in front of a roomful of reporters.
Dressed in a black Eagles wind-breaker with sleeves that came down to his elbows and his (now trademark) jeans, Kelly was about four minutes in when he fielded his first Nick Foles question. He was asked whether he had received any trade offers for the second-year quarterback.
“I haven’t, no,” Kelly said, eliciting some laughter. “Me personally? No.”
“Have the Eagles? We haven’t talked about anything like that,” Kelly continued. “I want to coach Nick, and I want to get a chance to spend time with him and see him. I’ve said it before. I was a big fan of his. The way he plays the game, his toughness, his ability to throw the ball very accurately. So I want to get a chance to hopefully get him out on the practice field and see what Nick has.”
While the NFL Combine is technically a draft event, it’s also another meeting of the different arms of the league: coaches, GMs, scouts, reporters and agents.
So you can expect to hear some some non-draft related buzz in the coming days. And that buzz could very well include Nick Foles‘ future.
We last talked about Foles when a USA Today report suggested that Andy Reid and the Chiefs would be interested in acquiring him. Soon thereafter, reports surfaced that the Eagles had no plans to trade Foles.
Ahh, the games teams play in February.
To get a firmer grasp on the potential of Foles being dealt, let’s answer some key questions.
It’s clear that one of Chip Kelly’s goals is to create a competitive environment where every player on the Eagles’ roster feels like he has a chance to win a spot and make an impact.
So it should come as no surprise that newly-signed quarterback Dennis Dixon believes he’s very much in the mix to be the Birds’ starting quarterback.
“From my understanding, the job is open,” Dixon said Monday afternoon during a conference call with reporters. “It’s going to be a very competitive nature around here. It’s pretty much open. May the best man win.”
I fear we are reading a little too much into the Dennis Dixon signing.
We see that Chip Kelly opted to keep Michael Vick around for next season then went and signed one of his former Oregon quarterbacks, and jump to the conclusion that Nick Foles is being squeezed out of the picture and it’s read-option city from here on in.