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December 24, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
The last time Nick Foles faced the Cowboys, he played so poorly that people were convinced he was suffering from a concussion or malaria or maybe had unknowingly taken a hallucinogen. He had replaced injured Michael Vick two weeks before and put together six near-perfect quarters in wins over the Giants (16-for-25, 197 yards, 197 yards, 2 TDs, no interceptions, 114.9 passer rating) and Bucs (22-for-31, 296 yards, 3 TDs, no interceptions, 133.3 rating). While Chip Kelly never acknowledged it, the assumption was that if the second-year quarterback turned in a third straight solid effort against the Cowboys, he would retain the starting job even after Vick's injured hamstring healed.  But Foles didn't turn in another solid effort.
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December 13, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
MICHAEL JORDAN was on the cover of Sports Illustrated an even 50 times during his decorated NBA career. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's image was displayed 38 times. Yet, both went on to finish their careers at the top of their respective sports, never once worrying about "the jinx. " With Nick Foles joining the list of SI cover boys this week, the laid-back, calm and collected quarterback believes there really is not much to the jinx, other than the fact that he will be on newsstands around the Northeast, with the Auburn Tigers making SI 's national cover.
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December 11, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
During his day-after news conference Monday, Chip Kelly quoted Winston Churchill: "Problems in victory are more agreeable than problems in defeat, but no less difficult. " Kelly was talking about the way his coaches and players reviewed film, particularly the film from those games they win - such as Sunday's. The Eagles scored four fourth-quarter touchdowns and routed the Detroit Lions, 34-20, and have won five straight games now, and Kelly was making an important point: A team must be as meticulous about correcting its in-game mistakes after it wins as it is after it loses.
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December 6, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
MICHAEL VICK twice compiled passer ratings of 100 for three games in a row. He began the 2010 season at 101.9, 108.0 and 119.2. In doing so he stole the starting job from Kevin Kolb. He finished the lost 2011 season at 107.0, 107.9 and 104.1, a meaningless run but one that supplied hope for the next season; a meritless hope, as it turned out. The Eagles were 5-1 in those six games. The common denominator: Vick played behind healthy, cohesive starting offensive lines. Nick Foles now has compiled passer ratings of at least 100 for four games in a row: 158.3, 149.3, 104.3 and 112. In doing so, he stole the starting job from Vick.
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November 28, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles met with Chip Kelly on Tuesday morning, and the Eagles coach told the second-year quarterback that he would remain the starter this season and that Michael Vick would be his backup. The decision was expected. Foles is 4-1 as a starter, leads the NFL in passer rating, and has 16 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kelly had delayed a formal decision until Vick returned to practice from a hamstring injury. "The big thing is just continue to approach the game the same way I have each and every week," Foles said.
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November 28, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Vick believes he can still be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but will teams have the same opinion when he becomes a free agent this offseason? Vick officially lost the Eagles' starting job on Tuesday when Chip Kelly announced that Nick Foles would have the spot for the remainder of the season, but the transition had been a foregone conclusion. What had started with promise ended as many predicted it would when Vick re-signed with the Eagles in February. He would get injured, miss significant time, and lose his job to Foles.
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November 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Nick Foles was 13 years old on Feb. 3, 2002, the day that the standard of excellence was established for a quarterback in his situation. He said he doesn't remember much about that NFL season or that day, beyond the basic details: Drew Bledsoe had been the New England Patriots' starting quarterback, and then he got hurt, and then he wasn't starting anymore. Tom Brady was. "The rest is history," Foles said Tuesday. He was talking a few hours after Chip Kelly had told him what everyone around the Eagles expected to hear soon enough: that even though Michael Vick's hamstring had healed, Foles would remain the team's No. 1 quarterback, barring injury, for the rest of the season.
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November 27, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THIS WAS, as it turns out, the easiest part. Michael Vick had removed the last possible impediment to Nick Foles' permanent ascension on the depth chart when he said on WIP the other day, "I think in all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who has been playing so well?" But even that did not really matter. With the play of Nick Foles, the decision had become that obvious. Earlier this year, though, there were a few significant moments when Vick did the same thing - that is, put the team first.
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November 27, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CONSECUTIVE meetings convened yesterday, in the second-floor head coach's office overlooking the NovaCare practice fields, early on a cold and gray morning. Chip Kelly told Nick Foles he would be the starter for the final five games of the 2013 season. Kelly told Michael Vick he would be the backup. No surprise, no drama, little elaboration or discussion. But clarity, at least. "It was simple. Chip's a simple guy," Foles said, when asked how the news was delivered. "I just went in there, he told me the situation, that I was the 'one' and Mike was the 'two,' and let's go . . . It's not drawn out. I know in movies, it's like a big thing, you sit down, there's like, tears - I walked in, we talked a little about the Oregon-Arizona game [won by Foles' Wildcats, 42-16, over Kelly's Ducks]
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November 27, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LARRY FOLES, Nick Foles' dad, has ventured to two of the five games his son has started this season for the Eagles. Larry left his home in Austin, Texas, to watch Nick play in Tampa and in Oakland. Astute readers will note that Nick led the Birds to victory and won NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards both times. So, Eagles fans might want to start a campaign to get Larry to Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday, when the home team is going to face quite a challenge in the stout defense of the 7-4 Arizona Cardinals.
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