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December 9, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
One day during the 2012 offseason, Marty Mornhinweg turned on the college tape of Nick Foles and liked what he saw. So he walked down the second floor corridor at the NovaCare Complex and into Andy Reid's office. "I said, 'Have you seen this Foles kid?'" Mornhinweg said recently to The Inquirer. "So he watches him, likes what he's watching and says, 'Where's Doug?'" Doug Pederson, the Eagles quarterback coach, was on the road. He was working out other quarterbacks and by coincidence was scheduled next to be in Phoenix to visit Brock Osweiler, the 6-foot-7 Arizona State quarterback.
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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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November 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles' starting tenure in St. Louis lasted nine games. Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday that he is benching the former Eagles quarterback and starting backup Case Keenum after Foles threw just one touchdown pass in the last four games. The Rams acquired Foles from the Eagles in a March trade for Sam Bradford. They signed him to a two-year, $24.54 million contract extension that included $13.792 million guaranteed. Fisher said Foles would "eventually be under center" for the Rams again.
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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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January 3, 2016 | By Ed Rendell, Daily News Columnist
I SAID EARLIER this year that Chip Kelly was a riverboat gambler. Well, it's absolutely clear now that the gamble he took with the Eagles did not pay off. He'd determined that their 10-6 team could not be a serious Super Bowl contender, so he did a host of things that brought 12 new players to the most important 25 positions on the team. By and large, almost none of these moves enhanced the Eagles and overall clearly weakened the talent pool. Imagine for a second if Kelly had taken only one chance last offseason by just trading Nick Foles for Sam Bradford and a second-round draft choice.
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December 10, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THIS IS not going to be a fun week to be Kiko Alonso. The guy the Eagles got when they traded LeSean McCoy has not returned to the form that made him the NFL's defensive rookie of the year for Buffalo in 2013. In fact, to Eagles fans, that form might seem about as far away and as relevant as Nick Foles' 27 touchdown passes vs. two interceptions, the same year. "The fact that I got traded for (McCoy) has no relevance at all," Alonso said Tuesday. "It's really just, the guy's a great player.
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December 4, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
No matter how Sam Bradford performs over the final five games of the season, the Eagles will have to make a franchise-altering decision at the quarterback position next offseason. It is a decision that will have far greater repercussions than anything having to do with the head coach. In today's NFL you need a quarterback of certain proficiency if you are to have any chance of winning a championship. It doesn't matter if Bill Belichick or Chip Kelly is your coach, if you have neither a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback and an above-average defense nor a quarterback a notch or two below and a once-in-an-era defense, your chances of snaring a title are virtually nil. This isn't rocket science.
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November 30, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
ALL AROUND the Eagles' locker room Thursday evening at Ford Field, players were saying they hadn't quit on their coaches. I'm willing to take them at their word. Maybe a few have quit, or at least have gotten very discouraged, but I think there is a better overall explanation for a 4-7 team that never came together the way it was envisioned, and now seems completely hapless. They aren't very good, overall, and once they realized that, they plummeted, like Wile E. Coyote running on air. I'll put it another way: If Chip Kelly is indeed replaced, I'll be amazed if the next coach can come in and transform this team into a 10-6 division champ in one season, the way Kelly did in 2013.
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November 23, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Mark Sanchez gets the third chance of his professional career to prove he is a legitimate NFL starting quarterback on Sunday, and anyone who really believes this one will turn out differently from the other two is probably in for a disappointment. Sanchez had a four-season apprenticeship with the New York Jets, the team that invested the fifth overall pick in the draft to get him, and that ultimately didn't work. He took over for Nick Foles with the Eagles last season, and Chip Kelly was so impressed that he traded away Foles and signed Sanchez - as a backup.
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November 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Jeff Fisher promised the Nick Foles era was not over in St. Louis after the Rams coach announced he had benched the former Eagles quarterback Monday, and that's probably true. You have to believe Case Keenum, the undrafted QB du jour for the Rams, will make it possible for Foles to start again before the season is over. This, of course, is no time for the Eagles or Chip Kelly to gloat about the trade that brought Sam Bradford to Philadelphia from the Rams. The Eagles, their coach, and their quarterback have enough issues of their own, including a 4-5 record that is identical to the disappointing mark that helped send Foles to the bench in St. Louis.
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November 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles' starting tenure in St. Louis lasted nine games. Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday that he is benching the former Eagles quarterback and starting backup Case Keenum after Foles threw just one touchdown pass in the last four games. The Rams acquired Foles from the Eagles in a March trade for Sam Bradford. They signed him to a two-year, $24.54 million contract extension that included $13.792 million guaranteed. Fisher said Foles would "eventually be under center" for the Rams again.
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November 11, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since it was Chip Kelly who initially went with the movie analogy, it's only fitting to find a film with a slow start and a strong finish when describing Sam Bradford's first eight games as an Eagles quarterback. Maybe the noir detective thriller Se7en, which builds with intensity as seven murders are committed over the course of the film? Bradford and the Eagles, of course, would likely prefer an example that didn't end with someone's severed head in a box. But the incremental steps that Bradford has taken over the span of eight games have, for the most part, been a slow burn of improvement.
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November 4, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Columnist
GOOD MORNING. I am The Guy Who Still Has Hope for Sam Bradford. You might remember me from past roles, such as last year's Guy Who Still Has Hope for Nick Foles. Turned out, Chip Kelly did not share my view that Foles might have just been starting to come around when Foles suffered that broken collarbone, a year and a day ago. Kelly felt strongly enough about it to send Foles and the Eagles' 2016 second-round pick to the Rams for Bradford last March. Now, seven games into the 2015 season, it seems a decent chunk of the fan base, and some media folk, wouldn't mind moving on yet again.
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October 27, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There is no curve for Sam Bradford. There cannot be. Your quarterback cannot occupy nearly 10 percent of your salary cap and play as if he's a 1-percenter. You cannot trade a serviceable, young quarterback like Nick Foles, plus a second-round pick, for a player who needs to knock the rust off. This is for better, and for worse. This neither assumes incompetence nor precludes excellence. Whatever he does, Bradford must be judged on his own merit, not the merit of his weapons or his protection or his coaches.
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