Sorry for the delayed post. I was on the phone with some friends discussing the game. I think they were worried about my mental and emotional state after a tough loss to Dallas.
Believe it or not, I’m actually fine. Not happy, but fine. I wasn’t overly confident going into the game. I knew we could win, but didn’t have a good feeling for how the game would go. I”m disappointed that we lost. No matter how you feel about the season and the Reid era, losing to Dallas just isn’t fun. I hoped this would be our shining moment…a fun home win over the Cowboys. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
The hot topic is Nick Foles, so let’s talk about him. He played fine. I’ve seen a few people say he was bad, some even awful. NO WAY. This was a rookie playing in his first game. He didn’t practice with the starters. He was facing DeMarcus Ware and a Top 10 defense, behind a makeshift OL. If you thought Nick played poorly, you’re either using insane standards or letting your emotions get the best of you.
The flip side is that Nick wasn’t great. He didn’t step in and show himself to be the next Joe Montana.
I’ll cover Nick fully on Monday. I do think we need to understand what we’re looking for. As a rookie QB playing in his first game, the hope is for him to show that he can play, that he belongs. Nick looked like an NFL QB. He showed the physical skills you needed to see. He also showed the mental and emotional make-up needed to play. He was calm and composed. He ran the offense well. You saw him making adjustments at the LOS. There was no panic. There was no sense that the game was beyond him.
Eli Manning vs CIN – 29-46-215…no TDs, 2 INTs
Nick Foles vs DAL – 22-32-219…1 TD, 1 INT
Mike Vick vs NO – 22-41-272…1 TD, 1 INT
Nick has plenty to work on, but let’s keep this simple. He led the team to 16 points today. Should have been 17 (missed extra point). For the season, we average 16.6 ppg. Nick matched that in 2.5 quarters of action. Last week Vick faced the worst defense in the entire NFL and led us to a whopping 13 points. Nick was able to move the ball and score. I know that some of those stats came against a prevent defense, but Vick faced that last week as well. Nick had us within a TD late in the game.
We have no idea if Nick is the future of this team, but he showed enough for us to hope that he does get to start on Sunday so we can get a better look at him. I’d love to see what he can do with a week of practice.
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There was a mixture of positives and negatives to take from the game. We finally pressured an opposing QB regularly. Only took half the season to do that. The defense started terribly, but got a lot better. They only gave up one legit TD drive. Dallas might have scored on the other TD drive anyway, but that TD and that PI call were bogus.
The OL actually did some good things, but King Dunlap turned into a 1-man penalty machine. Wow. He had some good blocks, but all people will remember are his costly mistakes. His hands to the face call was the key moment in the game. Had we gone up 21-10, who knows what might have happened. Maybe Tony Romo the INT machine comes out. Instead, we never saw that guy.
Ugly game overall, but getting to see Foles in action did make me feel a lot better. Vick’s gone when the season ends. We need to find out if Nick can be the QB of the future or if we must upgrade.