Foles not worried about franchise QB label


PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles is the Eagles‘ quarterback. Whether he’s the team’s franchise quarterback depends on your definition.

“If the Eagles are a franchise, which we are, then Nick’s our quarterback,” coach Chip Kelly said. “There’s no tags to it. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

Foles defined the position but said he didn’t concern himself with the label at all.

“A franchise QB is the one who’s going to go to work every single day, and when it’s game day, he’s got to play well,” Foles said. “He’s also got to be a leader. He’s got to be a guy the team looks to and the city looks to. You’ve got to be consistent.

“I’ve never looked at a label as meaningful. It just means someone has your back and has that respect. But for me personally, I’m going to continue to be who I am. I’m not going to change based on labeling me this or I should be this. I don’t care about that. I know I’ve got to keep getting better each and every day for my teammates. That’s the most important thing. The rest will take care of itself.”

Including Saturday night’s playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, Foles went 8-3 as the Eagles’ starting quarterback after replacing Michael Vick.

Kelly said that Foles is the team’s No. 1 quarterback going forward, which hardly seems surprising after Foles’ performance. At the same time, Kelly said, he would like to have competition at the position in training camp.

“There’s always competition,” Kelly said. “I don’t think Nick’s going to think, ‘I can go out and throw 12 interceptions in a row’ — which he’ll never do — ‘and I’m your guy.’

“If you also have a guy who’s not competing to be the starter — what if Nick gets hurt? All of a sudden, the other guy goes, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not ready to play because I thought Nick was going to be the guy.'”

Vick sounded very much like he expected his five-year stay in Philadelphia to be over. Vick’s contract is up, and he would like to be a starter.

Matt Barkley, drafted in the fourth round from USC last year, was forced to play in two games in October and likely would be the No. 2 quarterback behind Foles, providing that training camp competition.

Foles said it didn’t matter to him if Kelly or anyone else declared him the franchise quarterback.

“Whatever they decide, I’m going to be for it,” Foles said. “It’s whatever is best for the Philadelphia Eagles. My mindset doesn’t change. I don’t let that external stuff get to me. The organization is going to do what’s best, and I’ll be right there with them.

“I need to get better. I don’t look at this season as, ‘Oh, I did good.’ I have to get better. We didn’t win the last game, and a lot of that goes on the quarterback. Chip will be here for a long time. He’ll be here as long as he wants to be. He’s a great coach. He’s a great mentor. I love playing for him. I want to play for Chip the rest of my career.”

  • Spent past decade as sports columnist
    at Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia native has covered Eagles
    in various roles since 1985

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