New Eagles coach Chip Kelly stated in a September 2011 Tucson Citizen article that Nick Foles was a "hell of a football player."
"I'll tell you what; I'm glad Nick Foles is graduating," Kelly said at the time. "I catch myself watching him in awe sometimes. ... Nick is a hell of a football player. That kid's a warrior. He's as good as anyone in the country." Kelly's Oregon Ducks faced Foles' Arizona Wildcats annually in the Pac 12. Kelly was also effusive in his praise of Foles at Thursday's press conference.