After clearing the league’s concussion protocols this week, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has confirmed that it is Nick Foles who will be getting the start when Philly tries to win its first game in Oakland.
CSNBayArea’s Scott Bair reported that Chip Kelly made the announcement on Wednesday, a day after the backup quarterback was cleared to practice following a concussion suffered Oct. 20 against Dallas.
Naturally Mike Vick was ruled out of Sunday’s game as he couldn’t make it to halftime in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants after trying to come back from a hamstring injury. Now with Foles back, Vick can rest a hamstring that he more than likely came back too early from, re-aggravating the injury last week.
If Foles couldn’t go, the ball was going to USC alum Matt Barkley who the Raiders were reportedly interested in during the 2013 NFL Draft. Barkley has had troubles turning the ball over in his appearances with the Eagles this season, including a costly one near the Giants endzone last Sunday.
Foles has been just as inconsistent as Barkley and Vick in what has been a disappointing year for the Eagles despite coming out flying early in the season under Chip Kelly’s Oregon offensive principles.
Foles has played in five games, two of which were starts for the Eagles and has posted 52 for-90 passing for 622 yards, six touchdowns and no turnovers, but at the same time he has yet to string together an impressive performance against a quality team. Foles best performance of the season was against the winless Bucs.
Oakland’s gameplan will likely stay the same even with Foles under center. If defensive coordinator Jason Tarver can find a way to keep Desean Jackson and Lesean McCoy from making big plays that can swing the momentum at the O.co Coliseum, the Raiders should be in the position to go 4-4 and secure a second straight win. Having Foles increases that difficulty, but with the Eagles rotating quarterbacks on a weekly basis it is not hard to predict that there will still be some timing issues between the Eagles players.