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Chip Kelly not naming starter despite Nick Foles' big day

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

You'd think that after Nick Foles threw for an NFL-record seven touchdowns -- he became just the seventh man to do so -- he'd be a lock to be the Eagles starter going forward. Not so.

Chip Kelly said Monday that the decision on who starts for the Eagles is "gonna be based on health" moving forward. In other words, he's still refusing to name a starter.

"It's gonna be based on health," Kelly said. "We'll see."

This isn't surprising. Kelly's refused to name a concrete starter for the entire season. Why would he start now? Asked (once again, as he was in the preseason) how he could justify not telling Foles he was the starter, Kelly said Foles wasn't worried about it.

"I think you're more worried about it than he is, so ... That's what I think," Kelly said.

The funny thing is, it was Michael Vick that Kelly got asked about in the preseason. There was no way that Vick couldn't win the starting job. Kelly didn't lock him in for the long haul and now it looks pretty smart. The coach has flexibility.

It's worth noting that Vick probably won't be healthy enough to go.

"I don't anticipate Mike being able to play this week, but we'll monitor," Kelly said. "The one thing I know about Mike is he's unbelievable when it comes to rehabbing and listening to [head athletic trainer] Chris [Peduzzi] and the doctors and our guys in the weight room, so we'll see how it goes. But nothing new."

It's not like Foles hasn't struggled as well at times either. He was great against the Giants and Buccaneers and abhorrent against the Cowboys. No one saw a seven-touchdown bounceback coming when he returned from the concussion he suffered late against Dallas.

So there's no guarantee next week against the Packers isn't a let down. Which is why Kelly's keeping his options open.

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