Kelly, Eagles Confirm Confidence In Foles By Passing On ManzielBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Friday, May 9th, 2014
Kelly pushed hard to recruit Manziel to come to Oregon several years ago, believing that the quarterback would be a perfect fit for his system with the Ducks.
Nick Foles lit up the NFL last year after taking over for an injured Michael Vick, tossing 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions once he was given the opportunity to run Chip Kelly’s offense. His ability to command the fast paced offense, combined with his accuracy and ability to protect the football were enough to convince the coaching staff to name him the starter even after Vick returned, and also sent the second-year man to his first Pro Bowl.
However, there’s still been a lot of doubt throughout the fanbase and media about whether Foles had truly won Chip Kelly over.
One of the most popular questions I had seen come up before last night’s draft was that of whether or not Kelly would be able to pass up the opportunity to draft Manziel. It was an interesting hypothetical, but one that we wouldn’t likely get an answer to, as Manziel figured to go somewhere within the top 20 selections.
However, Johnny Football kept sliding. The Houton Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars turned their noses up at the high profile prospect. Even Jerry Jones said no when the guy he had been coveting fell in to his lap at #16.
The Eagles came on the clock with the 22nd pick, and Manziel was there for the taking. And not only did Chip Kelly and the Eagles pass on him, but they traded down knowing that the team they made the deal with would be coming up to select him.
The Eagles made a significant statement here without saying a word. Chip Kelly and the front office is committed to Nick Foles. Chip Kelly believes that Nick Foles gives them the best chance to win. Chip Kelly believes that what Foles did last year is not a fluke.
The idea that Chip Kelly needs a “mobile” quarterback to run his offense has now been proven to be an utter myth. What he needs from his passer is a complete understanding of the concepts of his offense, efficiency on the field, accurate passes, and the ability to protect the football. What he truly cares about is whether or not the quarterback consistently puts a ton of points on the board, regardless of how he’s able to do it.
Kelly and the Eagles have their quarterback of the future, and his name is Nick Foles.
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