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Chip Kelly Confident in Nick Foles as Long-Term Starting Quarterback; 1,000 Yards for DeSean Jackson

December 3rd, 2013 at 11:16 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

It's been one week since Chip Kelly announced that Nick Foles would be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback for the rest of the season. After Nick Foles led the Eagles to another win on Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals, Chip Kelly expressed his confidence in Foles as the starting quarterback for the Eagles not only for this season, but for many seasons to come. While Foles led the Eagles to a victory on Sunday, DeSean Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

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Nick Foles is 5-1 as the Eagles starting quarterback. He has been named the FedEx Air Player of the Week twice, NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice and has been honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his record-tying seven touchdown game against the Oakland Raiders. Recently, Foles was named the NFC Player of the Month for the month of November after he posted the highest quarterback rating in the league.

This season, Foles has thrown for 19 touchdowns without throwing an interception. He is just one touchdown away from tying Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's record of 20 touchdowns without an interception which was set this season. Foles has completed 124 of his 196 pass attempts for a 63.3 completion percentage for the season.

With the performances of Foles each week, it would have been the wrong move if Chip Kelly went back to Michael Vick when he became healthy enough to play again. Last week, Kelly announced Foles would be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. This week, Kelly announced that Foles is going to be the starting quarterback in Philadelphia for the next 1,000 years.

1,000 years? Yes, that was a huge exaggeration by Kelly, but that just shows how much confidence he has in Foles as the long-term starting quarterback. While Kelly went back on his comment and said injuries can change that (ex. this season), he said that as long as Foles is healthy, he will start.

DESEAN JACKSON BREAKS 1,000

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was just one good game away from breaking the 1,000 receiving yards mark for the season. Just before halftime against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Jackson eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards. It was the third time in Jackson's career that he had more than 1,000 receiving yards. 

'DeSean Jackson - 2011' photo (c) 2011, Matthew Straubmuller - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

For the season, Jackson has caught 61 passes and seven of them have been for touchdowns. He has a total of 1,021 yards as well. He will tie his career high in receptions if he catches one more pass. He will also tie his career high in touchdowns if he makes it to the end zone two more times. With four games left in the season, Jackson will definitely break his career high in catches. With Foles spreading the ball around, Jackson may only be able to tie his career high for touchdowns. However, considering the strength of the remaining games on the schedule, there is still a chance he could break his career high.

This season being Jackson's third 1,000+ yard season puts him among two other Eagles wide receivers to have caught more than 1,000 yards three times or more. Those two wide receivers would be Harold Carmichael and Mike Quick. Quick  Quick's 1,409 receiving yards is the single-season record for the Eagles and Jackson is on pace to break that record if he has 100-yard games for the last four games of the season.


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