Posted October 31, 2013

Eagles’ Jeffrey Lurie: Finding franchise quarterback top priority

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Could Nick Foles be the franchise quarterback Jeffrey Lurie is hoping for? (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Could Nick Foles be the franchise quarterback Jeffrey Lurie is hoping for? (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Though he supports rookie head coach Chip Kelly’s decision to start Michael Vick at quarterback, Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie is placing an emphasis on finding a young, franchise quarterback to pair with his young, highly touted head coach.

“We need someone to step up, whether it’s an existing young quarterback or somebody we go out and acquire,” Lurie said in an interview with CSNPhilly.com. “We know — this is no secret — quarterback is the [ultimate] position and the most important difference-maker.”

The existing young quarterback who could potentially fill that role is 24-year-old Nick Foles, who will start this week in place of Vick. In five games this season — three in extensive action — Foles has completed about 58 percent of his passes, and thrown six touchdowns to no interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 101.3.

In his last game against the Dallas Cowboys, Foles suffered a concussion while completing just 11 of 29 passes in a dreadful 17-3 loss.

“Nick is going to have a great opportunity to showcase what he’s done. He’s had some outstanding games and he’s had one poor game,” Lurie said.

“Time will tell. I think it’s really wide open for those that are on the team and it’s wide open for what our strategy might be if we don’t have it. But it’s a No. 1 priority. We’ve got to solidify that position in a really good way.”

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9 comments
decredico
decredico

foles is a dopey stiff and vick is a turnover machine  ... kelly is a huge fraud that only came into the nfl to avoid ncaa sanctions and should be back in college by end very soon .... the real problem with the birds is ownership and management and with a buffoon like howie as gm the team has no future on the competitive field

rskins09
rskins09

Finding a franchise NFL QB is easier said than done ....Look at all the 1st round QB picks  the past 20 years ..Most were drafted too high; some weren't even drafted ..Warren Moon and Curt Warner come to mind ..Remember Bushbaum ( PFW )  said years ago that the NFL should allow  each NFL team to have a QB taxi squad  to develop QB who aren't quite ready yet for the NFL ..Had the  league in europe years ago but it didn't work out  financially...Too many 1st round QB's  that are highly rated & have all the skills, it's too much $ too fast and they can't handle it ..Remember, it's their  FIRST job out of college and  they become instant millionaires .. ..   

jondrunner
jondrunner

"young, highly touted head coach" ? Chip Kelly is 50 in a few weeks, hardly young. In any case he'll turn out to be another college coach who can't hack it in the NFL.

sam93505
sam93505

I hear Jamarcus Russell is trying to make a come back... 

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Trade for Matt Ryan. Do one of those Cowboys/Vikings Herschel Walker trades. Sports news needs something to REALLY talk about for a change... 

BigBubba
BigBubba

@jondrunner Any coach who has a "system" is doomed to failure in the pros.  The talent level is too equal and "systems" can be defended.  You need to be able to adapt and coach fundamentals.  This is Kelly's failure so far.  He took a loss to San Diego because his QB Vick and him thought it was important to run 3 plays before the 2 minute warning, rather than letting time run out to try to win or tie in regulation then go to overtime.  Simple fundamental rules of football.


Kelly's response:  We didn't run enough plays.  He is out of his league in the pros, just like Petrino, Spurrier, etc before him.  Systems don't work--football does.