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Chip Kelly Says Foles Is The QB For ‘The Next 1,000 Years’

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By Joe Santoliquito

Philadelphia, PA (CBS)—Chip Kelly spoke about how Nick Foles has taken on a “followship” role with the Eagles, how the defensive front is playing and how the Eagles need to finish better when he spoke at his day-after press conference at the NovaCare Complex after the Eagles’ 24-21 victory over Arizona.

“We’re moving the ball, then we get a penalty, and one time we had a miscommunication up front, where two guys went the wrong way and all of sudden, second-and-five turns into third-and-nine,” Kelly said about the fourth quarter troubles the Eagles had on Sunday. “It’s all of the little things. It’s part of being a real good football team is that you have to learn how to finish games. Something we have to continue to work on.”

Kelly said he would like to be in that situation every week—because it means the Eagles are winning. Kelly also addressed the Brad Smith fumbled snap in the second quarter.

“We thought we were going to have a successful play, he just dropped the snap, we weren’t taking the ball out of Nick’s hands,” Kelly said. “We score on that and everyone is like what a great play. If you don’t score, it’s what a stupid play. What a stupid play.”

Kelly again addressed the starting quarterback situation.

“When you have a quarterback that’s durable and can last, that’s when you know you have a guy,” Kelly said.

“He’s the starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years”—Kelly continued with a sly grin. “That’s what I just said. In the National Football League, quarterback is a real difficult position to play. What do you think Green Bay feels like right now. I’ve been asked the question a 1,000 times, so I will say he’s the starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years. And if I’m wrong next week, I’m wrong next week.”

Kelly is not placing too much on leadership ability.

“I think that the leadership aspect stuff is extremely overrated,” Kelly said. “I think that’s people writing stuff down. The biggest thing that you have to have is followship, and have to have a bunch a guys who want to buy in. Because if you have 46 guys on your team and they’re all the leader, which direction are you going in, 46 different directions. Nick is a leader by how he approaches the game and what he does. You have a bunch of guys on all on the same page. We all have the same vision.”