Eagles name Foles starting quarterback for rest of season
PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles met with Chip Kelly on Tuesday morning, when the Eagles coach told the second-year quarterback that he would remain the starter this season and that Michael Vick would be his backup.
The decision was expected. Foles is 4-1 as a starter, leads the NFL in passer rating, and has 16 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kelly had delayed a formal decision until Vick returned to practice from a hamstring injury.
“The big thing is just continue to approach the game the same way I have each and every week,” Foles said. “You don’t change anything just because of an announcement or anything that goes on.”
The announcement continued a turbulent season of quarterbacking in Philadelphia. Foles and Vick engaged in a competition during the offseason, training camp and the preseason, when they split snaps and starts. Vick ultimately won the job after the second exhibition game, at which point Kelly gave Vick the first-team snaps and did not want the veteran looking over his shoulder.
Both Vick and Foles suffered injuries this season. Vick’s second hamstring injury opened the door for Foles, and he has won three straight games.
“He’s played a lot more games, and you get a lot more body of work to see him play,” Kelly said. “I think he’s done a great job of protecting the football and not putting us in bad situations. When we have a shot and can take it down the field, he’s proven he can do that. He’s got a great command of what we’re doing. He’s a lot more comfortable in what we’re doing. So it’s just kind of an ongoing process for him.”
• Tennessee safety Michael Griffin lost his appeal of a one-game suspension as a repeat offender of the league’s rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
The safety says the NFL couldn’t tell him what he should have done to avoid this situation.
Appeals officer Matt Birk upheld the suspension Tuesday after Griffin appealed the punishment that will keep him out of Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.
• Michael Crabtree officially was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list. The 49ers cleared room for him by releasing No. 3 quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
•Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says jobs are on the line — and his own is on the list.
“I think the players are smart enough to understand that if you are 3-8, everybody is playing for their jobs,” Shanahan said. “That’s the nature of our business. I don’t care if it’s players, coaches, support staff. The nature of this game is to find a way to win, and if you don’t win, everybody is accountable.”
• If Joe Flacco has it his way, the Ravens’ experimentation with a two-quarterback offense would officially be over.
After being relegated to a mere spectator on a handful of plays in the Ravens’ 19-3 victory over the New York Jets, the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player and the owner of the largest contract in franchise history reiterated his feelings about the wildcat offense Tuesday, going as far as to say that it makes the Ravens look like “not an NFL team.”
“I don’t like that stuff,” Flacco said Tuesday. “I think it makes you look like a high-school offense.”
• Cleveland agreed to contract terms with quarterback Alex Tanney, bringing him in to back up Brandon Weeden.