Given new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's predisposition toward the read-option spread offense, many have wondered how quarterback Nick Foles fits into the equation. Speed was a prized commodity for Kelly at Oregon, and Foles is not known for being particularly fleet of foot, at least not when compared to the likes of Michael Vick or potential Eagles rookies Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel.
Foles isn't worried, however, at least not outwardly. He told reporters Wednesday that he believes he can win the Eagles' starting job next season, regardless of his foot-speed.
"Whoever's the quarterback of your team, you build your offense around them,'' Foles said. "I feel like I can go in and run anything. I'm here to compete. Everybody's here to achieve the same goal and that's to win.''
Foles appeared in seven games last season as a rookie, and performed relatively well. He completed nearly 61 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards and had six touchdowns to five interceptions. He had 11 rushing attempts for 42 yards, however, many likely came in scramble situations.
Complicating matters is the fact that the man who drafted Foles is gone. With Andy Reid now in Kansas City, there is very little connecting the current staff with Foles, making a demotion easier to foresee. Kelly and Foles may know each other somewhat from their time spent on opposing teams in the Pac-12, but that hardly guarantees playing time for the second-year quarterback.