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The Future at QB - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I think Foles has played well enough to be the front-runner heading into 2014, but he will need to play well the final 5 weeks to truly secure the spot for the long term. The point of this is that Chip Kelly needs to find his QB. He needs a player he can build around. That isn’t a choice to be made lightly. If a coach picks the wrong guy, he’s likely to lose his job and the franchise can waste several years. The Eagles are 6-5 right now. I’m willing to bet they will win at least one more game (hopefully several more). That means the team will likely be picking in the 11 to 16 range at the earliest (they’re 20th for now). Will there be QBs worth taking in that area? Would the team spend a 1st round pick on a QB? There really are a lot of moving parts to this situation.

Vick: 'I still feel like I can start in this league' - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
"It’s just in me," Vick said Tuesday. "I’m not a selfish person at all. I don’t ever feel like the world revolves around me. I’ve been blessed. I’ve been blessed with the ability to play this game. I’m extremely talented. Like I said, I know I got a lot of football to play and that’s what keeps me going."

We'll find out if Foles is a franchise QB - Mike Sielski, Inquirer
How does one measure his value? What factors should determine whether a franchise ought to place its future in a player's hands? If Foles continues performing at this level and the Eagles either lose an early postseason game or don't make the playoffs for reasons other than his play - injuries, defensive breakdowns - would their disappointing finish disqualify Foles as a possible franchise quarterback?

Are the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles contenders? - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
Few people expected the Eagles to be in the thick of the playoff race heading into December, much less tied for first place in the NFC East. Chip Kelly’s inaugural season as head coach was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Instead, excitement mounts as Philadelphia makes its push for the postseason. After the Birds failed to reach the past two tournaments, most fans understandably would be pleased by that much progress. Heck, a lot of folks are probably ecstatic the team is even in the hunt heading into the final month. Expectations are still relatively safe around here, as they probably should be, but at least football is fun again.

Vick understands, supports switch to Foles - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
"You can’t be naïve," Vick said. "You’ve got to understand the situation. You’ve got to just know the most important thing for you to do is try to be there to support your team. "I didn’t want to make this a hard decision for Coach, I didn’t want to make it a hard decision for anybody, for myself. You can’t be frustrated by it. I just wanted it to be a smooth transition, and it was.

Self-Scouting: Taking Stock Of the Offense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
NFL coaches often use the term "self-scouting" when answering questions about their bye-week plans. With no game to prepare for and players away from the team facility, it’s a chance to evaluate which areas of the team need to be adjusted going forward. Keeping that in mind, here’s a position-by-position look at where things stand with the Eagles through 11 games and what changes might be on the way going forward. We’ll start with the offense.

Players Not Surprised By Foles Promotion - Alex Smith,
On Tuesday morning, Chip Kelly met with Nick Foles and Michael Vick to inform his quarterbacks that Foles would be the Eagles’ starter moving forward. Though no formal announcement was given to the rest of the team, word made its way around the locker room (mainly due to reporters asking about the topic) and players reacted to the news that Foles is now the team’s No. 1 signal caller.

NFL Power Rankings Week 13
12. Philadelphia Eagles -The Eagles didn't play and did see the Cowboys even up the record (with Dallas holding the tie-breaker), but Philadelphia is still in a solid position for the division. They have a tough game this week versus the Cardinals and they could use a Raiders upset win over Dallas on Thanksgiving.

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