Is Nick Foles a franchise QB in Philly?
November, 20, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN Insider
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesNick Foles has played well for the Philadelphia Eagles this season.Offensive coaches can be very particular about the quarterbacks they seek for their specific systems. Bruce Arians values size and a strong arm, the better to drive the ball downfield on longer routes. Gary Kubiak and other coaches with zone-based running schemes prefer quarterbacks with the mobility to execute bootlegs. Sometimes, a coach mostly wants his own guy behind center -- someone he drafted and taught from the beginning.
First-year Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly inherited Michael Vick and Nick Foles amid expectations he'd eventually seek a specific type of quarterback to run the offense he brought from the University of Oregon. That could still happen, but with Foles tossing 16 touchdown passes and zero interceptions for the only NFC East team with a winning record (6-5), Kelly might not have to look so hard, after all.
It's too early to know, of course. Kelly won't even publicly commit to Foles for the Eagles' next game, let alone for the long term. He joked this week that Foles would be his starter for the bye. But can Foles be a franchise QB for the Eagles in Kelly's system? We search through the early returns to provide context for Foles' early success and set expectations for the future.