With a hard-fought win over a tough Arizona Cardinals squad, Nick Foles’ record improved to 5-1 this season. He’s now thrown 19 touchdowns to his zero interceptions. So are the Eagles any closer to naming the 24-year-old their franchise quarterback of the future?
You bet. One week after officially naming Foles the starter, Chip Kelly was so moved by his signal-caller’s performance against the Cardinals, the head coach declared a 1,000-year reign for No. 9 in Philadelphia.
In the words of Samir Nagheenanajar, it would be nice to have that kind of job security.
Of course, there’s always a catch, just like the time Chip said Michael Vick could lose his job as the Eagles’ starter if Foles threw 27 touchdown passes in a game, which the man must have a crystal ball or something because that totally wound up happening. This most recent statement is conditional on Foles staying healthy, which will prove increasingly difficult in old age and, in particular, the afterlife.
Reporters are just doing their jobs when they ask Chip for clarification on the future of the quarterback position, but the endless speculation on this topic has reached its limit for now. It’s already quite clear that Foles has played himself into the conversation to say the absolute least, but it’s one the front office won’t hold in earnest until this season is over, so we can probably do without the weekly hand-wringing from here on out.
Foles is under contract for two more years. He’s going to be here in 2014 unless Peyton Manning gets cut (hey, it happened before). And Foles is going to remain the starter as long as he leads the league in passer rating, continues racking up wins and, yes, stays healthy.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.
A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.
Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.
In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.
The Eagles are reportedly bringing back a familiar face at quarterback, and no, it's not Tim Tebow.
The team will re-sign quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
With the addition, the current roster will be capped out at 90 after the reported signings of former Villanova LB Don Cherry and Alabama S Nick Perry go through (see story).
The Eagles first signed Bethel-Thompson in February to pair with Mark Sanchez at the lone quarterback on the roster. A lot has changed since then, with the team re-signing Sam Bradford and drafting Carson Wentz. Bethel-Thompson was then cut by the Eagles in May.
Bethel-Thompson has been in the NFL since 2011, after going undrafted out of Sacramento State. The 6-foot-4, 230 pounder has spent time with the Dolphins, the Vikings twice, Patriots and the 49ers three times. He has never played in a game.
It'll be an uphill battle for the 27-year-old to make the roster with the quarterback position locked up with Bradford, Chase Daniel and Wentz.
Going for the series win today, Pete Mackanin has shaken up the lineup.
Maikel Franco is still out. After taking a pitch off the wrist on Friday, Franco was listed as day to day with a sore wrist (see story). Andres Blanco will again hit and play third.
Both Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz crack the lineup today. Ruiz has caught Vince Velasquez just once this season, a five inning shutout with 10 strikeouts vs. the Marlins on May 17.
Ruiz replaced Cameron Rupp in the third inning of Saturday's game as a precaution after Rupp took a pitch off the helmet. (see story).
After being on fire for much of the past month, Peter Bourjos has posted consecutive 0 for 5 nights in the leadoff spot. He will drop down to ninth today, allowing another hot hitter, Cesar Hernandez to hit leadoff.
Odubel Herrara will remain in the two-spot, where he has looked resurgent in this series, going 6 for 9 with four runs scored.
Much like Bourjos, Cody Asche has not yet recorded a hit in this series and will be lowered to the seven-hole, while Freddy Galvis will hit sixth.
Velasquez takes the mound for the Phillies today. In his four starts since returning from a biceps injury in early June, Velasquez has been arguably the team's best pitcher. In those starts, the flamethrower has been going deeper into ball games than earlier this season, averaging six innings per start, while allowing just five runs during that span.
Here is today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez 2B
2. Odubel Herrara CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz C
6. Freddy Galvis SS
7. Coday Asche LF
8. Peter Bourjos RF
9. Vince Velasquez P