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January 2, 2015 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Sports Columnist
OVER THE COURSE of the next few weeks, Chip Kelly will look at every pass Nick Foles threw this season and last. He will break down his mechanics and his decision-making and his accuracy and his pocket presence and everything else that game film can tell a coach about a quarterback. At some point, he will examine the evidence and come to a conclusion as to whether he thinks the Eagles can one day win a Super Bowl with Foles as their quarterback. There's no way to know that for sure, of course.
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August 11, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EARTH CITY, Mo. - Jeff Fisher took the St. Louis Rams' head-coaching job 3 1/2 years ago largely because of Sam Bradford. He could have gone to Miami and coached the Dolphins. Tampa Bay and Jacksonville also were knocking on his door. But he wanted to coach Bradford. "The reason I took this job and came here, there were two reasons," Fisher told the Daily News. "One was to work for [Rams owner] Stan Kroenke. The other was because of Sam. Because of the respect I had for him. "Before I took the job, I talked to several people close to me in the business, one being Mike Shanahan and the other being Mike Martz.
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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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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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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 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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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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August 25, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
SIX TIMES on Saturday, Sam Bradford displayed why Nick Foles had to go. It's the same reason the Sixers had to draft Joel Embiid. Anyone who watched the examples of Embiid's nearly supernatural abilities during his yearlong rehab from foot surgery - the silky jump shots, the nasty dunks - understood that a man of his size, strength and athleticism comes along once in a generation. There have been Wilt Chamberlain, Hakeem Olajuwon, and, now, this guy. He is strong and will be stronger; he can run with an extra gear; he can jump with the body control of a man a foot shorter; and, not to be minimized, he can shoot, for some reason a rare skill among 7-footers with those other gifts.
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August 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
At this point in his career, Mark Sanchez has nearly seen it all. What he hasn't seen enough of this summer - although he won't say it, but you can bet he wants it - is time with the first-team offense. Sam Bradford has taken the majority of first-team repetitions - approximately 90 percent to Sanchez's 10 percent - since the first day of Eagles training camp eight practices ago. At this point, he has seemingly earned it. Bradford has been increasingly accurate. But Chip Kelly said in the spring that there would be an open competition at quarterback, despite overwhelming reasons to hand Bradford the job from the jump.
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August 11, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EARTH CITY, Mo. - Jeff Fisher took the St. Louis Rams' head-coaching job 3 1/2 years ago largely because of Sam Bradford. He could have gone to Miami and coached the Dolphins. Tampa Bay and Jacksonville also were knocking on his door. But he wanted to coach Bradford. "The reason I took this job and came here, there were two reasons," Fisher told the Daily News. "One was to work for [Rams owner] Stan Kroenke. The other was because of Sam. Because of the respect I had for him. "Before I took the job, I talked to several people close to me in the business, one being Mike Shanahan and the other being Mike Martz.
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August 10, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
OK, thought experiment: It's March again. A big Eagles story breaks. Berman and McLane have been working their iPhones. Glazer got the word from one of his workout pals. Schefter practically brokered the deal. Here it is: The Eagles are trading Nick Foles. Nick Foles? The 27-touchdowns-and-two-interceptions Nick Foles? The cost-effective, earning-just-$1.5 million-in-base-salary-this-season Nick Foles? Nick Foles, whom we have seen up close and are familiar with and who actually helped the Eagles reach the playoffs?
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July 31, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
FOUR MONTHS later, people still don't seem to grasp the point regarding Sam Bradford. The word risk has been thrown around a lot: the health risk, the financial risk, the risk that he plays poorly and wastes a second-round draft pick, the risk that he plays well and earns himself a nice, fat, free-agent contract. But none of those risks is as big as the one the Eagles would have taken had they headed into the season with a quarterback who they thought was incapable of leading them to where Chip Kelly wanted to go. And that's what they would have been doing if they had headed into another season with Nick Foles at the helm.
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July 31, 2015 | John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF THERE IS one position in sports where the most desired thing is stability, it is quarterback. If there is one position where the Eagles have seen consistent change during the brief era of Chip Kelly, it has been at quarterback. Whoever takes the Eagles' first snap on Sept. 14 against the Atlanta Falcons - whether it is Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow or somebody else - he will be the third different quarterback to open the season for the Eagles in Kelly's third season.
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July 29, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY ascribes to the Ricky Bobby if-you're-not-first-you're-last philosophy. He found no solace at all in the fact that the Eagles won 10 games for the second straight year last season. They failed to make the playoffs, and as far as he was concerned, that translated to total failure. "Finishing 10-6 and not going to the playoffs is just like going 4-12," Kelly said last month in an hour-long interview with a group of reporters. "I didn't feel we were close at the end of the year.
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July 25, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles begin training camp a week from Sunday, so here's a question: How do you solve a problem like Sam Bradford? By acquiring Bradford from the St. Louis Rams in March - even though he'd torn his left ACL twice in 10 months and hasn't suited up in a regular-season NFL game since October 2013 - the Eagles would seem to have put themselves in a position only Joseph Heller could appreciate. Bradford will earn $13 million this season, the last in the six-year, $78 million contract he signed after the Rams made him the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, and as an NFL Network report earlier this week reaffirmed, he has no interest in signing an extension with the Eagles anytime soon.
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