Not trying to throw water on Foles as franchise QB. I'm excited as the next guy about what he's been doing this year.
However, I got to wondering about Chip's true feelings about the future of the Eagles' QB position. I'm sure what he really wants is the magical unicorn that is a Vick/Foles hybrid. Foles' size, decision-making and accuracy with Vick's speed and arm strength.
Chip also very much believes in his system. As he should. Vick had two 100+ QB Rating games and Foles has five. Vick and Foles each had a clunker - the Chiefs game and the Cowboys game. If you give each of them a mulligan (i'm not counting the 2nd Giants game for Vick because he shouldn't have been playing in the first place and didn't even last a half), and remove those games from their stat sheets, here's what their stats look like:
Vick - 3.5 games - QB Rating: 102.7, 9.64 ypa, 4 TDs, 1 turnover (the 1st drive lateral), 7.17 ypc, 2 rushing TDs
Foles - 5.5 games - QB Rating: 138.4, 10.24 ypa, 18 TDs, 0 turnovers, 3.75 ypc, 2 rushing TDs
Vick was very good. Foles is worthy of Offensive Player of the Year and MVP discussion. We all know that Foles' level of play is probably not sustainable for the long term. If that regression is inevitable, what will that look like when it happens. I'm of the belief that his regression will take him from "Other-worldly" to "damn good franchise QB" - which we'd all take in a second.
BUT! What if Chip Kelly's system is truly as QB friendly as it looks and that he can plug any moderately talented guy back there and be relatively successful. Would you be willing to roll the dice on trading Foles? Foles will turn 25 in January and is under contract at a bargain price for the next two years. What's he worth?
Just wondering if a sell high situation is in play here given Chip's track record.