The coach who decried "quarterback instability" as a main reason for not scoring an offensive touchdown the past two weeks took a step toward stability Wednesday, when he told reporters before practice that Nick Foles will start against the Oakland Raiders this weekend.
"Nick did really well ... Nick's going to be our starting quarterback this week, he'll take the reps with the 'ones' this week, and we'll get ready as a team offensively to prepare for Oakland," Chip Kelly said.
Kelly said even though he knew Foles had been cleared medically from the concussion he suffered in an Oct. 20 loss to Dallas, he wanted to see Foles in practice before he made his decision on a starter. He said he was very pleased with what he saw.
Asked if the "instability" is going to be more or less permanent, Kelly said: "God, I hope not." But he wouldn't say Michael Vick won't be back as the starter when Vick's hamstring heals. Kelly said his only focus has to be beating the Raiders, that to base a QB decision on next season would be unfair to the players and the fans. He said there will not be a point in the season when he bases his decision on anything more than what he thinks gives the team the best chance to win that week.