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Starting Nick Foles Hurts Chip’s Status

FolesThe Eagles go into easily the biggest game of their season thus far against the division rival Cowboys as they compete for the NFC East lead. However, this normally huge story line has been swept under the rug as a result of the Nick Foles vs Mike Vick debate.

“There is always open competition. If Nick goes out there and goes 100 for 100 [passing] and throws 27 touchdown passes. Yeah [he could start].” – Chip Kelly

Despite clearly winning the QB competition and helping the Eagles put up yardage at a historic rate, Vick’s status has been deemed unstable on a national scope. Foles’ performance last week—22/31 for 296 yards and 3 TD’s—has launched him back into the conversation of being “the guy.”

The problem though, comes down to chemistry and circumstance. Despite all expectation, the Eagles could be a playoff team as a result of the division being stinky rotting garbage. For a team with playoff chances, Chip could very well sabotage the club by making Foles the starter and destroying team chemistry.

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Looking Deeper into Billy Davis

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If you read the article I wrote on new defensive coordinator Billy Davis yesterday, you know that I wasn’t sold on the move from first glance. As a result, I wanted to take a deeper look at Davis and see what Eagles fans could expect from the new-look defense going forward.

Before we get into those numbers, however, here’s a brief outline of Billy Davis‘ career thus far.

Year Team Position
1991 Michigan State Graduate assistant
   1992-1994 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive assistant
   1995-1998 Carolina Panthers OLB coach
1999 Cleveland Browns Defensive assistant/LB
2000 Green Bay Packers Defensive assistant/DL
   2001-2003 Atlanta Falcons LB coach
2004 New York Giants LB coach
   2005-2006 San Francisco 49ers Defensive coordinator
   2007-2008 Arizona Cardinals LB coach
   2009-2010 Arizona Cardinals Defensive coordinator
   2011-2013 Cleveland Browns LB coach

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Report: Eagles Hire Billy Davis as Defensive Coordinator

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Photo via ProFootballTalk

In other words, meh. Davis is frankly nothing special. I’ll provide a more in-depth analysis tomorrow, but here’s the general idea.

Davis has been a defensive coordinator twice in the NFL. His first stint was in San Francisco for 2005 and 2006 and then again for Arizona in 2009 and 2010. Note both of those jobs only stuck for two years and neither of the two gigs were cut short by a change in regime. So, great news there.

To make matters worse, the Eagles interviewed with Davis two weeks ago. This means they knew full well what he brought to the table and weren’t jumping at the opportunity to add him to the staff.
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