When Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles decided to keep quarterback Michael Vick in February, it appeared to be an obvious sign that Vick would be the starter in Philly. Kelly later insisted that the starting job would be decided in an open competition, however, and Wednesday Nick Foles confidently discussed his chances.
Speaking with reporters for the first time since Kelly was hired in January, Foles stressed that he would be comfortable running whatever offense the former Oregon head coach implemented.
"Chip hasn't defined an offense. He's just said, ‘up-tempo,'" Foles said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I remember playing against him in college and it was up-tempo. I believe that whoever the quarterback is, whoever's the leader of the team, you build the offense around that. I feel like I can go in and run anything.
“There's just different kinds of quarterbacks, but you play to the strength of whoever the quarterback is. There's tempo for the offense, and that's just running plays fast. Then there's fast quarterbacks that can run fast. There's two different things."
If recent history is any indication, though, Foles will be fighting an uphill battle against the more mobile Vick. Kelly seemed to prefer running quarterbacks while at Oregon, and Foles is certainly more of a pocket passer. Still, Kelly claims to have been a big fan of Foles', dating back to the quarterback's days at Arizona.
Regardless of public perception, Foles still believes he can be the right fit in Kelly's offense.
“I feel like that's any quarterback. I feel like, if you want to be a quarterback in this league or in pee-wee, you got to believe, ‘Hey, I'm the guy,'" Foles said. "If you think, ‘Oh, I'm a backup.' You're going to be a backup. That's how it is.”