Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chip says if Nick is unbelievable...

Asked again if Nick Foles can win the starting QB job, Chip Kelly left the door open just a crack.

Chip says if Nick is unbelievable...

Michael Vick (7) and Nick Foles (9). (Ross D. Franklin/AP file)
Michael Vick (7) and Nick Foles (9). (Ross D. Franklin/AP file)

Seems like maybe Chip Kelly wants to avoid the Andy Reid trap of 2010, when Reid insisted on a Monday after a tremendous Michael Vick performance that Kevin Kolb was still the Eagles' starting quarterback, then gave the job to Vick on Tuesday.

Kelly said Monday that Michael Vick has had an MRI on his left hamstring, but Kelly "doesn't get the results" and didn't ask what grade strain the QB had suffered. (This seems unlikely. More likely, he doesn't have to tell US, and he didn't.) Kelly said contrary to reports, Vick has not been ruled out of this week's game at Tampa. Asked again if Vick is the quarterback, regardless of what Foles might do, Kelly said: "That's not the case for anybody. If somebody comes in and puts on an unbelievable performance, you have to take it all into account."

"If Nick plays this week and does an outstanding job, then that'll be great for everybody involved."

Earlier in his outdoor news conference, right before it was suspended by a driving rain pelting the tent, making it impossible to hear Kelly's responses, Kelly responded to the same question by saying Foles could win the job "if Nick goes out there and throws 100 for 100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then, yeah."

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After Sunday's victory at the Giants, Kelly said the job belongs to Vick when he's healthy.

"I don't know if he'll play Sunday. Right now he's day-to-day, and we'll see how he goes through rehab," Kelly said.

There have been reports that Vick is definitely out this week. Asked about those reports, Kelly said no decision has been made.

Other issues addressed by Kelly the day after the 36-21 victory:

*Now the longest-tenured pro coach in Philadelphia, Kelly said he feels for fired Flyers coach Peter Laviolette:

"It's kind of the crazy reality of what we're dealing with. It's unfortunate. I know Peter a little bit. He's a good guy. As a coach, you understand that that's a possibility going in. It's still tough. Another college coach got let go this week, at Miami of Ohio (Don Treadwell). It's hard. It's a reality of our profession. It's unfortunate. You feel for the guy and you feel for their families."

*Kelly said he feels his offense is still inconsistent, regardless of the QB.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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