Nick Foles named Eagles' starting quarterback for rest of season

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Nick Foles' 199 straight passes without an INT is second in franchise history. (Jonathan Newton/Getty Images)

Nick Foles (Jonathan Newton/Getty Images)

Nick Foles, whose 152.8 passer rating in November was the highest in a full month in NFL history, has been named the Eagles' starter for the rest of the season, head coach Chip Kelly announced on Tuesday.

Even Michael Vick said last week that Foles should remain the team's starter, as the 24-year-old has thrown 16 touchdown passes with zero interceptions this season in leading the Eagles to three straight wins and a tie atop the NFC East at 6-5.

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"I've always believed you need to have one quarterback," Kelly said. "I want our players to play from a desire to excel, not a fear of failure."

Vick won the job out of training camp but pulled a hamstring on Oct. 6. The Eagles were 1-3 at that point, before Foles rallied them to a victory over the Giants that day.

"They were both fine," Kelly said when asked if Vick has been cleared to play. "They understand the situation. Mike wants to contribute any way he can. That's the type of guy he is. Great teammate, great leader. He's been great for Nick, in terms of helping him develop. We've got a good situation. We've got two quarterbacks who can win games in the NFL, and you need both of them."

Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a Week 9 win in Oakland and leads the NFL with a 128.0 passer rating.

Coming off their bye week, the Eagles will play host to the Cardinals (7-4) on Sunday.

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