Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw seven touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders this past Sunday. Foles tied a team and NFL record with that performance. Five other quarterbacks have thrown seven touchdowns in a game, including Peyton Manning this season.
How did Eagles coach Chip Kelly reward him on Monday?
By withholding his commitment to Foles.
Kelly was asked who would be his starting quarterback when Michael Vick returns from his hamstring injury, but would only say Foles will take first-team reps on Tuesday.
"I think you're more worried about it than [Foles] is," Kelly told ESPN.com, responding to a question of how he could tell Foles he's not the starter after Sunday's 49-20 lambasting of the Oakland Raiders.
There might be a good reason for Kelly’s hesitancy.
Foles completed 11-of-29 passes for 80 yards against the Dallas Cowboys on October 20 before leaving after the third quarter with a concussion. Kelly may want to see Foles excel consistently – expecting another seven touchdown performance is asking a lot – before announcing a permanent quarterback change.
In addition, Kelly could kill Vick’s motivation to get healthy by giving the job to Foles right now. Vick could take his time and get ready for next season in contrast to providing Kelly with a solid backup option if Foles sustained another injury this season.
Nevertheless, Kelly is not counting on Vick’s return anytime soon.
"After we got past 10 to 14 days, I'm not thinking time frame anymore," Kelly told ESPN.com. "I can cross my fingers. I can hope. But I can't do anything about it."
Kelly can control if Foles remains his starter this season.
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