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Chip Kelly on Nick Foles: He's our starting QB for the next 1,000 years

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Unless Nick Foles gets injured, it looks like the Philadelphia Eagles are set at quarterback for the rest of the millennium. Eagles coach Chip Kelly gave Foles a strong vote of confidence Monday and said Foles would be the team's starting quarterback for the next few centuries.

"He's the starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years here," Kelly said, via CSNPhilly.com.

If you've seen Foles play lately, it makes sense that Kelly wants him to stick around for the next few centuries. Going into Week 14, Foles has the highest quarterback rating in the NFL and he's set or tied two NFL records since taking over the starting job permanently in Week 9.

That was the week Foles threw an NFL-record tying seven touchdown passes against the Raiders. That was also the start of a magical month for Foles that saw him record the highest quarterback rating in NFL history over one calendar month.

Foles has also thrown 19 touchdown passes to start the season without an interception, a number that's just one away from Peyton Manning's record of 20 touchdown passes without an interception to start a season.

Although Kelly committed to Foles, he did add that unforeseen things can always happen.

"Yeah, you hope [Nick Foles is the quarterback of the future], but -- and I don't mean to be coy, I always say this -- is that, you can say that whomever it is, is your player of the future and then next week they get hurt," Kelly told 94WIP-FM in Philadelphia, via CBS-Philly. "You know, so, I hope Nick [Foles] is here for a long time. I'm a big supporter of him, I think he does a fantastic job, but we also know that injuries occur in this game and that's why I always qualify what I say. I love the kid and I think he's playing outstanding."

Kelly's point was that just because a team has a franchise quarterback doesn't mean that franchise quarterback is always going to be on the field. The Eagles coach used Aaron Rodgers as an example of a franchise-caliber quarterback who didn't play this week.

It sounds like if Foles can stay healthy though, he'll have a job in the NFL until 3013.

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