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Eagles hand Foles starting job

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Foles is the quarterback of the present for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Andy Reid said Foles will remain the starter for the rest of the season, even when Michael Vick returns from a concussion. The Eagles (3-9) have lost eight straight games, a strong factor in Reid's decision.

"No. 1, I just think he's playing well enough to where I think he can win football games for us," Reid said Monday. "And No. 2, I think where we sit at this position in the season, I think it's the right thing to do."

Reid made the announcement a day after Foles had his best performance in a 38-33 loss at Dallas on Sunday night. Foles, a third-round pick, has started the last three games since Vick was injured on Nov. 11.

Foles was 22 of 34 for 251 yards and one touchdown against the Cowboys. He has thrown for 793 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions and has a passer rating of 73.3.

"You see the footwork is better when he's throwing the football," Reid said. "It's allowing us to add more into his repertoire of throws and he's been working very hard on that."

Vick has struggled, committing 14 turnovers in nine games. He has 2,165 yards passing, 11 TDs and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 79.2.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 4, 2012 D4

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