SANTA CLARA – Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles posted a record of 14-4 with Nick Foles as quarterback during the 2013 and ’14 seasons.
But Kelly pulled the trigger last year on a trade that sent Foles to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford.
With Foles available on the open market after the Rams released him this week, it is no surprise Kelly and the 49ers have decided to stick with Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick.
“I’m a big fan of Nick, but right now our eggs are in Kap and Blaine’s basket, and we’re going to see what those guys can do,” Kelly said Monday morning during his weekly show on KNBR’s "Murph and Mac Show."
“And (we’re) very confident in those guys and it has really nothing to do with Nick, but it has to do a lot with both Blaine and Kap, in terms of where they are and giving them an ample shot at being the quarterback. I think if you have three guys in the mix, it gets really diluted and now you’re not going to get enough reps for anybody to make a determination of who the quarterback is going to be.”
Foles threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions while posting a 119.2 rating for Eagles in Kelly’s first season. His production fell off in 2014, as he appeared in just eight games due to a fractured collarbone in his non-throwing shoulder.
Kaepernick and Gabbert are scheduled to split the practice snaps equally with the first-team offense before Kelly makes a decision which quarterback will start the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. Quarterbacks Thad Lewis and rookie Jeff Driskel are competing for a 49ers roster spot.