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November 12, 2012
On Sunday against the Cowboys, Nick Foles made his NFL debut by replacing injured starting quarterback Michael Vick with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second quarter. On Nov. 23, 2008, against the Ravens, Kevin Kolb got his first significant NFL playing time by replacing struggling starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to open the third quarter. Their results were similarly unsuccessful. Outcomes: Sunday, Cowboys 38, Eagles 23; Nov. 23, 2008, Ravens 36, Eagles 7. Foles' numbers: 22-32-219, 1 TD, 1 INT. Kolb's numbers: 10-23-73, 0 TD, 2 INT. Foles' bright spot: He completed a 44-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin early in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 14-10 lead.
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December 4, 2012
SO THE FINAL four games of this Eagles season resemble the first four - with a "Twilight Zone" twist. Then, the postgame conversation was about culpable coaches and game-deciding fumbles and the ability of the starting quarterback to take the Philadelphia Eagles to the next level. And it is again. The twist, of course, is that the quarterback is now a rookie and the next level is now mediocrity. The fumbles call into question whether rookie Bryce Brown is a bruising, fleet-footed find with a magnificent future in the NFL or just another one of those backs destined to bounce from team to team because of a tendency to bounce the football at the most inopportune of times.
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February 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Whether it was a sign of genuine enthusiasm or an effort to raise the asking price, Eagles coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman were adamant in their support of quarterback Nick Foles on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Foles' future in Philadelphia has come into question since Kelly was hired because of Kelly's recent history with mobile quarterbacks. It appeared even more questionable when the Eagles renegotiated a deal with Michael Vick, who will be 33 next season, and added Dennis Dixon, another mobile threat.
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December 6, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NICK FOLES is a low-profile guy in a high-profile job. A little less than 7 weeks shy of his 25th birthday, the Eagles quarterback is the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Month, one touchdown pass short of Peyton Manning's record of 20 TD passes without an interception from the start of a season. Green and white No. 9 jerseys are about to be arrayed beneath many a Delaware Valley Christmas tree. But who is this man? The locker stall at NovaCare offers no real clues. It contains assorted nutritional supplements, rumpled sweat clothes, a pillow.
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November 8, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IF CHIP KELLY has soured on something, it might be the people he has to stand in front of and answer questions from several times a week. The Eagles' coach was asked yesterday about a report from earlier in the week on NJ.com that indicated the team might have been thinking of replacing quarterback Nick Foles with Mark Sanchez before Foles broke his collarbone at the end of the first quarter Sunday at Houston. Specifically, the report quoted a league source who said he thought some people in the organization, including general manager Howie Roseman, "kind of soured" on Foles as Foles struggled through the first half of the season.
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August 23, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN Nick Foles finished leading the Eagles to a 27-17 preseason victory over the host New England Patriots late Monday night, Foles made a phone call. On the other end, former Arizona Wildcats quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo heard about the things Foles didn't do right, in the course of completing 18 of 28 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns, and compiling a 96.9 passer rating. Foles was pressed into service much earlier than scheduled when Michael Vick left for rib X-rays with a little more than 6 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
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November 14, 2012
Nick Foles' performance against the Cowboys on Sunday was neither great nor bad. The rookie quarterback was competent, perhaps even more so considering the circumstances, and he gave no indication that he could not handle the rigors of starting in the NFL. But the sample - less than three quarters of football - remains a small one. With Michael Vick unlikely to play Sunday at Washington, Foles will get the opportunity to add to his resumé and...
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August 22, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Monday evening will be remembered for the quarterback who failed to finish the game, because it is Michael Vick's health that is the overbearing cloud on the Eagles' prospects this season. But there can at least be satisfaction from the quarterback who replaced Vick. Because Nick Foles, the rookie third-round pick, continued a scorching summer in which he often plays the position with a prowess that suggests the Eagles have a prospect with enough promise to develop into a reliable player.
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April 5, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may be time to envision the possibility that Nick Foles will win the Eagles starting quarterback job. Certainly, there are some who have already contemplated the likelihood, considering the competition. Chip Kelly has never wavered from his stance - given the day after he became the Eagles head coach - that he likes Foles and would tailor his offense to the second-year quarterback's skill-set should he prevail. And yet there has been this perception that Foles has little chance since Kelly came aboard and decided a few weeks later to bring Michael Vick back.
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July 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles shuffled to the microphone in flip-flops and a black baseball cap. A crowd of reporters and cameras formed a semicircle around the Eagles quarterback and each time he was asked a question by someone on the outer edges, Foles would turn and face him. It had been over a month since Foles last publicly spoke. In the intervening time, as the Phillies sank into nonrelevancy, the local sports media vacuum had been filled by a   Philadelphia   magazine profile of Foles that questioned whether he had enough ego to be a successful NFL quarterback.
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November 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Mark Sanchez's history hangs over his head like an anvil, and since he joined the Eagles, the thread that holds it there never has looked as thin as it did Sunday. This is not about blaming Sanchez for the Eagles' humiliation at Lambeau Field, for a 53-20 loss that represented perhaps the lowest moment of Chip Kelly's 26-game tenure as head coach. Sanchez was just one of many offenders Sunday, and from Kelly's failure to prepare his team for a championship-caliber opponent to a defense that could neither rattle Aaron Rodgers nor cover any of the Packers receivers, there are plenty of places and players who bear responsibility.
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November 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Mark Sanchez is building an Eagles resumé, two full games and three quarters of another after Nick Foles left the Houston game on Nov. 2 with a broken collarbone. Here is how Sanchez did Sunday at Green Bay, how he has done this season, and how he compares to Foles through the Eagles' first 10 games: SUNDAY   QB   Comp-Att   Pct   Yds   TD-Int   Avg/Att    Sanchez   26-44   59.1   346   2-2   7.9    SEASON Sanchez   61-103   59.2   880   6-4   8.5    Foles   186-311   59.8   2,163   13-10   7.
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November 17, 2014
GREEN BAY - That Chip Kelly will earn his money this week goes without saying. It is just different than usual. In two seasons, we have seen him create a new culture and we have seen him scheme with the best of them. But we have never seen him have to look a good team in the eye and convince the players that they are, indeed, still good. This week, that is Kelly's job. As he said after the debris stopped raining down, "I told them we've got to stick together. Win or lose, rain or shine, we're a team.
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November 17, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WIDE RECEIVER was perhaps the most dissected position in the long months leading to May's NFL draft, from the can't-miss prospect in Sammy Watkins to the 6-5, 240-pound Kelvin Benjamin and on down the list. Each rookie receiver entered into a different situation - distinct offensive systems and with quarterbacks of varying talents - and several have seen injuries derail their inaugural campaigns. But that doesn't change the fact that through 10 weeks of the season, Jordan Matthews has produced among the best in a heralded position class.
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November 16, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles worked out free-agent quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Thad Lewis last week, an NFL source said. Pryor, who spent his first three NFL seasons with the Raiders, was traded to the Seahawks in April and was released in August. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder wants to continue to play quarterback, but he could have a better chance to land with a team as a wide receiver. The Eagles also worked out the 6-2, 220-pound Lewis, who has four seasons of NFL experience as a backup, in August.
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November 14, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MARK SANCHEZ was feeling the pressure Monday night, such as it was, and that was a good thing. Sanchez was sacked only once in his first start as the Eagles' quarterback, and that was the result of a botched snap. But he often had to buy time to deliver the ball, whether it was because the Carolina Panthers were doing a decent coverage job or because Sanchez still isn't that familiar with his receivers. Sanchez bought that time, and he did so with poise - stepping up in the pocket, or sidestepping and then resetting.
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November 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in Nick Foles' shoes last season. He offered the Eagles quarterback some simple advice regarding his broken collarbone: Listen to your body. Rodgers broke his left collarbone on Nov. 4 last year during a loss to the Chicago Bears. He missed the next seven games. Foles suffered the same injury, also to his non-throwing shoulder, Nov. 2 during the Eagles' victory at Houston. He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. The Eagles will visit Green Bay on Sunday and that means dealing with Rodgers, whose career passer rating of 106.2 is the highest in NFL history.
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November 12, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the Friday before his first NFL start in 680 days, Mark Sanchez ran wind sprints after practice. With a trainer on one end of a resistance band and him on the other, Sanchez worked out for an additional 10 minutes in blustery conditions. He was late for his news conference, but by the time Sanchez reached the podium after walking the 100 yards to the interview tent at the NovaCare Complex, he had caught his breath. Facing a dozen reporters isn't quite like facing an NFL defense, but the Eagles quarterback was upping the tempo on his up-tempo preparations.
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November 12, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
ALTHOUGH IT MAKES for intriguing sports debate, the Eagles have no quarterback controversy. A controversy implies that head coach Chip Kelly actually has a choice between starting Nick Foles or Mark Sanchez. He does not. Foles has a fractured clavicle on his left (non-throwing) side. The most optimistic estimate is that it will be a 4- to 6-week healing process. Last season, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed 8 weeks with the same injury. This isn't like last year for Kelly, when the week-to-week status of injured starter Michael Vick meant week-to-week questioning of whether Foles would keep the starting job when Vick got healthy.
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November 8, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IF CHIP KELLY has soured on something, it might be the people he has to stand in front of and answer questions from several times a week. The Eagles' coach was asked yesterday about a report from earlier in the week on NJ.com that indicated the team might have been thinking of replacing quarterback Nick Foles with Mark Sanchez before Foles broke his collarbone at the end of the first quarter Sunday at Houston. Specifically, the report quoted a league source who said he thought some people in the organization, including general manager Howie Roseman, "kind of soured" on Foles as Foles struggled through the first half of the season.
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