The biggest Eagles decision this offseason will be how to go forward at quarterback, the position that kept the team out of the playoffs in 2014. In his final media availability before Sunday's game against the Giants, Chip Kelly was given an opportunity to endorse Nick Foles, the most obvious option. As usual, Kelly declined to commit. Asked if he would have liked to have seen more of Foles before making the decision, Kelly said there is no point to thinking that way -- the decision has to be made off the information he has.
"Nick's been great" as he rehabs the broken collarbone he suffered Nov. 2 at Houston, Kelly said. "You knew it last year when Mike (Vick) was here -- Nick's the ultimate teammate. I think he's a great supporter, when he got injured, of Mark (Sanchez) going in those situations. He's been in every meeting, he's been in every training session. He's really vocal in meetings, he's vocal in practice. He has a lot of really good comments, when he watches things and observes things. We were in meetings today, and we were talking about a route combination, and he grabbed me and said, 'What about doing this on the back side?' A real valid point. I think he's been very engaged. Unfortunately, he can't play on Sundays, but he's done everything a really good teammate does."
Asked if Foles' shortened season clouded the decision on what to do, Kelly said: "We'll sit down and thoroughly evaluate everything, but it's no different than any other position, when you look at it. It's just, 'tell us what we have available right now, let's take a look at it, let's detail it, let's go through the film again ... let's get everybody's opinion on it, and then make valid decisions.' ... It doesn't matter how much it clouds or doesn't cloud, that's the reality of it. He got hurt, and we've got to make decisions moving forward in terms of what we're going to do.
"It doesn't matter if I can say 'yes,' or 'no,' (to whether he saw enough of Foles). The reality is the reality. I can't say, 'Hey, let's not make a decision because I need to see him play 16 more games.' ... You've got to make it on what you have ... We can't go back to the Houston game and not get him injured. It is what it is."
Kelly emphasized that he can't say what he thinks of Foles as the future right now. He said he wants to go through every throw, every decision. "We have a process to go through, and that process takes a while," he said.
Kelly said he enjoyed making the phone calls to tell five of his players that they'd made the Pro Bowl, but he wished he'd been able to give better news to defensive end Fletcher Cox, who was only chosen as a sixth alternate.
"I was surprised ... We're not allowed to pick our own players, but I thought he had a Pro Bowl year. He's the one guy that, when I was handed the results last night so I could call our players, I was like, 'Wow. That was one that kind of surprised me.' I think he's been our top player," Kelly said. "He's been really unblockable at times. I think he's a very disruptive force, but sometimes you make the Pro Bowl, I guess, on reputation. You ask Jason Kelce -- Jason'd be the first to tell you he played better last year than he played this year, which is obviously true, I mean, he missed 4 1/2 games. Evan Mathis is a second alternate, and Evan missed eight games ... I hope people recognize him, maybe like Kelce where it's probably a year later than he should have gotten it."