PHILADELPHIA -- Twenty-seven touchdown passes and two interceptions in 317 pass attempts has earned Nick Foles the right to call himself the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback for the next eight months. After that? We'll see.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said this week that the plan right now is to have Foles as the team's starting quarterback next season. But he said that doesn't mean Foles won't have competition for the job next summer when training camp opens.
"There's always competition," Kelly said. "And I think you can ask Nick that too. I don't think Nick is going to think he can go out and throw 12 interceptions in a row, which he'll never do, but do that and still be (the starter).
"One of the things we do here is we compete and we have a bunch of guys that compete. Obviously, you've got to have one guy. Right now, Nick is that one guy. But I don't think Nick has ever been afraid of competition. We're always going to try to continue to upgrade at every position, and I think all of our players know that, and I think the guys that are true competitors really embrace that."
Foles' 119.2 passer rating this season was the third highest in league history. But he's played just two seasons and has a total of 17 career starts.
He still has a year left on his rookie contract. So the Eagles don't have to make any kind of long-term decision on Foles until after next season.
With Michael Vick a free agent and not expected to return, there's a pretty good chance the Eagles will select a quarterback in the draft at some point. And there's a good chance it will be a quarterback who can run.
Foles understands the whole concept of NFL standing for Not For Long.
"If you don't play well in this league for a certain amount of games, you probably won't be the starter," he said.
--Michael Vick will be a free agent and isn't expected to be re-signed. The 33-year-old quarterback is hoping some team will be interested in giving him an opportunity to compete for a starting job.
"I'm praying that things work out in my favor, but you never know," Vick said. "I'll just try to stay optimistic about it from a realistic standpoint, as far as what I want and the things that I can attain and try to achieve."
Asked at his final press conference about his experience with Vick, Kelly said, "I love Michael Vick. I mean, that guy is awesome, and I think how he handled a very difficult situation, because of Nick's success, I don't think that -- that's not any indication of Michael's non-success, and I think from what we've asked him to do since I got here, he's done everything. Unfortunately he got hurt, and that gave an opportunity to another guy, and I think sometimes for a lot of people, you put yourself in those shoes, that's hard to wrap your arms around because it's not like Michael was wrong and that Michael got benched.
"It was just a unique situation, and I think how he handled it, how he helped Nick through the process, it just tells you the type of person he is and the type of teammate he is, and I think that didn't go unnoticed by me, and I appreciate everything he did my first year here.