It remains Chip Kelly's least-favorite subject -- you could tell by the way he joked and parried his way through the questions Monday. At this point, reporters more or less apologize for asking, but the fact remains, Kelly has never appointed Nick Foles his starting quarterback, even though Michael Vick indicated last week he would understand if Kelly did.
Kelly did announce that Foles is the starter for the bye week. Tee-hee.
Then he said that he thought Vick and his reinjured hamstring probably could have played Sunday against the Redskins if needed. Kelly said he's hopeful Vick will be OK when practice resumes next week. He said he will sit down with Foles and Vick at that point, just as he did before appointing Vick the starter in the preseason.
In the preseason, by the time Kelly held his discussion, it was obvious Vick had won the competition. It is equally obvious now that Foles, with three successive glittering, winning performances under his belt, can't be yanked from the lineup. The wheel could always turn Vick's way again, by injury or by a string of poor Foles performances, which might be why Kelly is being so careful with his comments.
Kelly said Monday his two biggest QB criteria are wins and interceptions. Foles is 4-1 as a starter this season and none of his 162 throws has been intercepted.
Asked Monday whether Foles' 152.8 passer rating over the past three weeks is an example of extraordinary quarterbacking or just competent running of his offense, Kelly said: "It's always about the individual. It doesn't matter what plays are called or schemes are run, they still have to be executed. I think he is executing them. All the credit goes to him. He spends a lot of time, he works extremely hard at it. He's got a real good grasp of what we're doing. He's extremely accurate in his throws. He's doing a great job of just making decisions and not putting the ball in harm's way ... He's a really, really good decision-maker. It's exciting to see him grow there."