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Kelly Officially Names Foles Starter

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Head coach Chip Kelly said on Tuesday morning that he met with Nick Foles and Michael Vick and officially named Foles the team's starting quarterback. Kelly said that he didn't want to make a final decision until Vick was fully recovered from a hamstring injury.

"I think it helps our team overall because both of those guys have great attitudes," Kelly said of his quarterbacks. "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. We need to get him back up. The big thing with Mike is that he’s missed a fair amount of time here, so we’ve got to get him back up to speed."

Foles is 4-1 as the starter this season and has led the Eagles on a three-game win streak. In the month of November, Foles posted a 152.8 passer rating which is the highest in a single month in NFL history.

For the season, Foles has a 127.9 passer rating which leads the NFL. He has thrown 16 touchdown passes against no interceptions. He is averaging 9.6 yards per attempt and has thrown a touchdown on 9.9 percent of his attempts, which both lead the league.

"He’s played more games (since the preseason) and you get more of a body of work to see him play," Kelly said of Foles. "I said it the other day, that he’s doing a great job of protecting the football and not putting us in bad situations. When we have a shot and can take it down the field, he’s proven that he can do that. He’s got a great command of what we’re doing and he’s a lot more comfortable with what we’re doing. It’s just kind of an ongoing process for him."

Kelly explained that Vick understood the decision and praised him for being a great teammate who wants to do anything to help the team.

"They understand the situation and Mike wants to contribute anyway that he can," said Kelly. "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."

Coming out of the bye week, the Eagles are healthy as safety Earl Wolff is the only player who will not practice on Tuesday, per Kelly. In fact, Kelly does not anticipate Wolff playing this Sunday vs. Arizona due to a knee injury.

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