PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles has locked up job security into the next millennium.
Tired of answering the same question every week, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday that Foles will be Philadelphia's "starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years."
Foles has led the Eagles (7-5) to a 5-1 record and a share of first place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys since replacing an injured Michael Vick in Week 5. He leads the NFL in passer rating (125.2) and has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Foles lost the starting competition to Vick in training camp. But he's been excellent in five of his six starts since Vick hurt his hamstring on Oct. 6. It wasn't until Vick was healthy last week that Kelly officially made Foles the starter.
Now, Kelly is ready to say Foles is the quarterback of the future.
"Because I've been asked the question a thousand times, so I will say he is the starting quarterback for the next thousand years here," Kelly said. "If I'm wrong next week, then I'm wrong next week."
Kelly was joking, of course. His focus is on the upcoming game against the Detroit Lions (7-5). Foles certainly has strengthened his case to be the team's quarterback going forward, but those decisions are for the offseason.
The Eagles are right in the thick of the playoff picture, so questions about the team's long-term plans are not Kelly's priority. That explains his sarcasm.
"Right now, I'm on a one-week deal," Kelly said. "I don't think Nick's going to come in tomorrow and say I don't want to play anymore because you guys don't want me here six weeks from now. So the questions we get asked about it long term, right now is not long term. Long term for us is this Sunday against the Detroit Lions. That is the end of the deal."
Then again, teams like New Orleans, Green Bay, New England, Denver and many others know who their starting QB will be next year. Hasn't Foles earned the same security as Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning?