I don’t have time to write up a lengthy post on Nick Foles, but he is the hot topic of the moment and I think we need to talk about a few things. The first point I have to stress is that I’m not for/against Nick. My goal is for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl. I don’t care if the QB is Nick Foles, Nick Nolte, or that gigantic kid named Andrew W. Ried.
I have no agenda to be positive for Foles or negative against him. I like what I see and hear from him off the field and would love for him to be the answer, but again…my focus is on if he’s good enough for us to win the Super Bowl. Simple as that.
As we discuss Nick over the next month or so, we’ll examine his game in a variety of ways. We’ll put it in context against other rookies, other Eagles QBs, and guys who did win Super Bowls. What makes this so tricky is that the game of football is really changing. We’ve got 3 rookies who are leading teams to the playoffs. That’s insane. Has never happened before. Rookies are better prepared than ever and NFL teams are changing their offenses to accommodate the young players. This is no longer a “here’s my offense, adjust to it” world. Teams are changing for players.
Foles is likely going to finish the season with 300 or more pass attempts (265 now). McNabb didn’t get to that total until later September of his second season. Randall Cunningham didn’t attempt #300 unti his 3rd season. Kevin Kolb threw 319 passes in his entire career as an Eagle. A.J. Feeley threw 309 passes in his entire career as an Eagle. Koy Detmer threw 354 passes in his entire career. Is this crazy or what?
Compared to previous normal type rookie years, Foles looks great. Compared to the 2012 group, he looks so-so. The truth obviously lies somewhere in the middle.
We’ll break down his game. We’ll judge him fairly and try to come up with the best possible assessment so that we can decide if Foles has the potential to be The Guy going forward. I think he’s played well enough to earn the starting role in 2013, but maintain that I don’t know if he is the long term answer. I think you need a full season before you really know that.
Maybe the one point that I have to stress the most is that we can’t obsess just on numbers. We must evaluate how he did things. The long TD pass to Jeremy Maclin in the first Dallas game was a great result, but not a great throw. There might be other plays where Nick did make a good throw, but the result wasn’t good (drop or penalty or something like that).
We must figure out what Nick can be counted on to do on a regular basis. Kolb had some great games as an Eagle, but also some stinkers. The highlight games were great, but could not be expected on a regular basis. We don’t need to see Foles at his best. We need to know what the baseline is so we can have proper expectations for him. That also would tell the GM and coaching staff how to build the team and gameplan. You must know what regular, realistic expectations are. You don’t need Peyton Manning to win a Super Bowl, but you must have the proper pieces in place to win with a lesser QB.
The new coach could see Foles as good enough if paired with a strong running game and top flight defense. The new coach might think Foles could be a great QB if used in a certain kind of offense and given the right skill players. The new coach might see Foles as a good backup. We have to wait and see how that side of things plays out.
Nick Foles is easily the best Eagles rookie QB I’ve ever seen. Is he the future of the franchise?
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Mr. NFL Gimpy posted his new MAQB column. Find out the playoff scenarios in there. You can also read up on other rookie QBs and see how Nick is doing compared to them.
David Syvertsen has a bowl preview up for tonight. Make sure to catch his thoughts on S Phillip Thomas, a top flight prospect.
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Jimmy Bama has a few things to read. He has some notes on the game from the Eagles perspective as well as the Skins perspective. He also has the draft order. Eagles are currently 4th. Yay.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.