Chip Shots: If Foles throws 27 TDs in Tampa Bay, he can win job

Chip Shots: If Foles throws 27 TDs in Tampa Bay, he can win job

Nick Foles may get the start in Tampa Bay, but Michael Vick is still the Birds’ quarterback. At least that’s the way Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is looking at the situation the day after Foles replaced an injured Vick and led Philadelphia to a 36-21 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Actually, it’s not even written in stone that Foles will be under center in Week 6. Kelly said reports that Vick has already been ruled out are premature, so there’s a chance this controversy will be over before it ever gains any traction.

Should the second-year quarterback get the call however, Chip didn’t entirely rule out the possibility that Foles could win the job. Sure, the benchmarks might be unreasonable—okay, they’re completely impossible—but what he’s saying is there’s a chance.

I would have to imagine there is a level of efficiency that exists somewhere between 16-for-25 with two touchdowns—Foles’ numbers in relief of Vick on Sunday—and 100-for-100 with 27 touchdowns that would make Chip think twice about the decision to stay with Vick.

Vick was 6-for-14 for 105 yards before exiting late in the second quarter in New York. Over his last three games, the four-time Pro Bowler has completed just 33 of 71 pass attempts for a 46.5 completion percentage with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Regardless, Kelly is standing behind Vick for now, which from a coaching standpoint is probably the right move. When you also take into account his seven runs for 79 yards, Vick had nearly the same production as Foles against the Giants, minus the touchdowns.

Of course, scoring touchdowns just happens to be an area where the Eagles have struggled in recent weeks, so maybe that’s why Foles’ performance felt like a breath of fresh air for some people. It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens next.

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”