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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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December 10, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - If Nick Foles turns out to be as good as Sunday's last-second victory made him out to be, there won't be anyone as joyous as the Eagles' wide receivers. Well, there may be several million back in Philadelphia as thrilled by the prospect of a budding Foles under center for the near future. But a receiver's best friend is always a quarterback who puts the ball in a spot where he can catch it. And Foles made a number of throws that made Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, and company look very good in the Eagles' 23-21, thrilling win over the Buccaneers.
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December 10, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
TAMPA, Fla. - If Nick Foles turns out to be as good as Sunday's last-second victory made him out to be, there won't anyone as joyous than the Eagles wide receivers. Well, there may be several million back in Philadelphia as thrilled by the prospect of a budding Foles under center for the near future. But a receiver's best friend is always a quarterback who puts the ball in a spot where he can catch it. And Foles made a number of throws that made Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and company look very good in the Eagles' 23-21 thrilling win over the Buccaneers.
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July 11, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
IT'S ONE OF THOSE great summer beach-chair debates, to be pondered and argued and even dreaded a bit as you stuff a cold drink into a coozie and take your swings at the greenheads. LeSean McCoy or Nick Foles? Who's more valuable to the Eagles right now? That was the question posed in a Philly Sports Talk poll earlier this week, and while the voting is still open, Shady leads Foles by 6 percent as I sit down to write this. That's closer than their respective finish in the NFL Network's Top 100 list, which places Foles 70th and Shady fifth in the league.
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July 1, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A refreshing thought in the midst of another revolting Phillies season is that it's the last day of June. And that's good news because the countdown to Eagles training camp can officially begin in July. Even though camp has lost some of its luster with the move from Lehigh University to the shrubbery-screened fields of the NovaCare Complex, thinking about Chip Kelly's second season is still much more inviting than watching the Phillies contemplate buying or selling at the trade deadline as they sit more than a week's worth of games below .500.
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June 20, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO, the Eagles wrapped up their spring work on June 6, with optimism, to be sure, but also amid a lot of uncertainty. That was the day Michael Vick acknowledged that splitting the first-team quarterbacking reps with Nick Foles really did bother him, after Vick had parried similar questions for weeks. There was much speculation about what Chip Kelly's first training camp would be like - The tempo! The music! The smoothies! Players found it all intriguing, but to say everyone bought in completely to the new regime would be an exaggeration.
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June 19, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the play is executed properly, there is little a cornerback can do to defend a 20-yard "out. " But the pass is one of the more difficult for quarterbacks because of the arm strength, timing, and accuracy required to complete the pattern in which an outside receiver runs upfield before angling toward the sideline. Every NFL quarterback has the ability to pull off such a throw. But those with the strongest arms don't have to anticipate as much, and when push comes to shove, evaluators generally go with the big gun over the quick trigger.
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June 18, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
UNLIKE THE rest of the Eagles' offensive staff, Bill Musgrave watched Nick Foles' breakout 2013 season from afar. Aside from coaching one game against him last season with the Vikings, Musgrave's familiarity of the Eagles' starting quarterback consisted mostly of what he had witnessed on film. But given that it has been almost 5 months since the Eagles added him to the staff as their quarterbacks coach, Musgrave has been able to formulate a better assessment of Foles. The position coach's biggest takeaway from practice thus far?
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June 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Musgrave first met Chip Kelly in the spring of 2008, when Kelly was an intriguing offensive coordinator at Oregon who had spent only one year at college football's highest level. Musgrave's first exposure to Nick Foles came in January 2012, when Foles was a quarterback prospect at the Senior Bowl trying to boost his draft stock. Musgrave's career is now tied to both of them. The 46-year-old was hired as Eagles quarterbacks coach in January to replace Bill Lazor, who became the Dolphins' offensive coordinator.
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June 9, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The pressure Nick Foles will shoulder this coming season has virtually nothing to do with his contract situation and almost everything to do with being a starting NFL quarterback. While it is true that players at other positions have folded under the weight of a contract year, the weekly in-season demands placed on quarterbacks are so grand that playing for a new deal is just a natural part of the process. If Foles - under contract through 2015 but eligible to renegotiate after 2014 - isn't as spectacular as he was last season, or if he takes a significant step back, thus clouding the Eagles' long-term plans, it will likely be for reasons related to his ability to play the position.
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June 6, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
THE GENERAL feeling, after watching a couple of days of the Eagles' offense at the OTAs, is that the tempo might be even faster than it was last season. Watching them practice, it seems to run the fastest with Nick Foles at quarterback, and then with Matt Barkley, and then with Mark Sanchez - which only makes sense. But Foles can get them from whistle to snap in 15 seconds sometimes, and for a few consecutive plays at a time, 15, 15, 15. It is absurd. Some of it is a mindset. Some of it is superior conditioning, even at this point in the year.
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June 3, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
MARK SANCHEZ wanted Matt Barkley to take his place. In January 2008, he was the host for Barkley when the high-school junior came for an official visit to the University of Southern California. Barkley liked it enough that he decided in to become a Trojan, and succeeded Sanchez in 2009. Now Sanchez is returning the favor, just on a bigger stage. Sanchez, 27, took the reps with the second-team offense in organized team activities last week, giving him the inside track to back up Nick Foles as Eagles quarterback.
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June 2, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley have a lot in common; chief among their similarities is a love-hate relationship with being an NFL backup quarterback. But at the moment, that job is the best the Eagles have to offer. Sanchez and Barkley, though, enter the competition to be Nick Foles' backup from opposite directions. After five seasons with the New York Jets (mostly) as the starter, Sanchez comes to the Eagles content (he has said) to take a step down and be the No. 2 quarterback.
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