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January 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
During Nick Foles' senior season at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, there was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Westlake's 1996 state football championship. The quarterback from the 1996 team found a sliver of time away from work to fly in for the ceremony. His employer was the Saints. His name was Drew Brees. Born 10 years apart in Austin, Brees and Foles grew up in the same area and are the two most storied quarterbacks from their alma mater. On Saturday night, the Westlake alums will play in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs when the Saints visit the Eagles.
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December 20, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE GOOD TIMES just keep on rolling for Martin Luther King quarterback Joseph Walker. After leading King to the greatest one-season turnaround in city history, the 6-3, 190-pounder will stick close to home next season, committing to the University of Delaware last night. "It's a great opportunity for me academically and athletically," Walker said. "It will be a great chance for me to get on the field quickly, and at a great program. " Walker led King (10-3) - with some players from now-closed Germantown - to its first Public League football title, only one season after the Cougars went 1-10, which, according to TedSilary.com, represents the best turnaround of all time.
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November 29, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ONE THING Chip Kelly has done consistently ever since being named coach of the Eagles is resist being defined as a guy who runs a "read-option" offense. Kelly says his offense, which utilizes zone-read concepts, responds to what the defense presents, and usually, that means not all that much read-option. The Eagles certainly don't run it the way the 49ers or the Redskins do. So, setting the Thanksgiving table here: The Daily News ' Paul Domowitch asked Arizona coach Bruce Arians on a Wednesday conference call about the read-option.
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November 29, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Bruce Arians is as old-school as Stetson hats and Remington typewriters and a Rusty Nail on the rocks. In his world, the song always sounds better on vinyl, no 21st-century sitcom comes close to being as funny as The Andy Griffith Show, and quarterbacks ought to stay in the pocket and out of harm's way. Arians is 61 years old. It has been 25 years since Temple fired him after his six seasons there as head coach, more than 30 years since he...
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November 18, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A picture of Nick Foles taken a few weeks after his January 1989 birth shows him holding a football with the same grip he uses today as the Eagles' starting quarterback. As a teenager in Austin, Texas, Foles played high school football in a 10,000-seat stadium that was used for some of the filming of Friday Night Lights. By Foles' own admission, it's as if he was a character in Friday Night Lights . The NFL is filled with quarterbacks who can share similar stories. Nine of the 32 starting quarterbacks played high school football in Texas, which is more than 28 percent of the most coveted spots in the league.
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November 13, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Twenty teams in the NFL have been fortunate enough to get this far into the season with just one quarterback taking all or very nearly all of its offensive snaps. That number could dip soon as other teams face the possibility of losing a quarterback to injury. We are also reaching the point of the schedule - looking at you, Pittsburgh - when an organization might feel it is the right moment to look beyond an aging veteran. Stability at the quarterback position is no guarantee of success, but it helps.
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October 29, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY didn't need to look at the tape yesterday to come up with an answer to the barrage of what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-your-offense questions at his postgame news conference. It's the quarterbacks, stupid. "When you're unsettled at quarterback, it's real difficult," he said after his zoom-zoom-zoom offense cough-cough-coughed for the second straight week in an ugly, 15-7 loss to the Giants. "You better have a quarterback. Right now, we're unstable at the quarterback spot and we are not playing well at the quarterback spot.
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October 17, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THERE REALLY isn't much of a chance Michael Vick will quarterback the Eagles this week against Dallas. You don't need a top-secret source deep within the organization to know that. You only need to listen to Vick. "I try to work every day to get myself back in position where I can come out here and run full speed. I'm not able to do that . . . When I try to 'burst,' the knot is there," Vick said yesterday. "I think another week of rehab could put me in position where I could start gaining some confidence and doing things I normally do. " Asked yet again about the idea that he might lose his job because of injury, a la Alex Smith last year in San Francisco, Vick said: "We gotta win the next football game . . . we have three great quarterbacks.
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October 10, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WHEN TWITTER follower @candisrm29 saw that Michael Vick did some onfield work at practice yesterday, she declared that if Vick plays this week in Tampa, "the Sports Science Coordinator was trained at Hogwarts. " Reporters haven't been allowed to speak with Eagles sports science coordinator Shawn Huls since Chip Kelly brought Huls aboard early in the offseason. We don't know whether he speaks Parseltongue. We don't know what might have been bracing Vick's left hamstring yesterday under those baggy, gray sweatpants, what exotic elixirs and magical machinery might be at work behind the NovaCare curtain.
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October 9, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY believes in meticulous preparation. So it came to pass yesterday that the Eagles' coach made sure he was covered, should Nick Foles start at quarterback this week against Tampa and play unbelievably well. "There's always open competition. So if Nick goes out there and throws 100-for-100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then, yeah," Kelly said when asked if Foles can win Michael Vick's job. Later, in response to a similar question, about whether Vick would remain the starter no matter what, Kelly lowered the Foles odds just slightly.
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