By Lewis Gould
But why is it considered news that Eagles coach Chip Kelly is not ready this week to decide and announce who will be the Birds starting QB in 2015?
It’s not as if Nick Foles and/or Mark Sanchez set the world on fire with their performances in 2014.
Foles was disappointing before he suffered a fractured collarbone on Nov. 2, and Sanchez demonstrated little ability to run the offense effectively and without turnovers.
So the dopes in the mainstream media pressed Kelly this week to announce a decision on his chosen QB for 2015 and he avoided the question.
Why is that considered news?
Kelly has to see how Foles has progressed in his rehab, and there is plenty of time for that. It is assumed that Kelly has seen what we have of Sanchez and is ready to move on.
Kelly said he needs to make a decision on Foles based on his limited body of work.
“The reality is the reality,” Kelly said, referring to the broken collarbone that ended Foles’ season after eight games.
“I can’t say, ‘Hey, let’s not make a decision because I need to see him play 16 more games.’ In certain times we’re going to have to make decisions, so you have to make it based on what you have. We don’t have any control over the injury.”
Foles threw 13 touchdowns against 10 interceptions this year after sparkling with 27 touchdowns and two picks last season. Foles has one more year on his contract at $660,000, while replacement Mark Sanchez is scheduled for free agency. Matt Barkley is signed for two more years but has thrown one pass this season.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur sounds like a believer in Foles.
“I think we know what we have in Nick, and we’ve seen a guy that I think, by last count, he’s 14-4 as a starter,” Shurmur said. “So that’s really how you judge a quarterback.”