Nick Foles will be the starting QB on Sunday in Oakland. That’s good news to me.
Nick looked so good vs Tampa. And so bad vs Dallas. Will the real Nick Foles please stand up…
He needs to show that he can bounce back from a really awful game. This game won’t offer definitive proof of anything, but Sunday’s game will give us a big hint about Foles future. A good showing will give us hope that the Dallas performance was a weird anomaly. A mediocre showing will leave us arguing what to make of him. A bad showing will push people into writing Foles starting QB obituary.
I’m hoping Foles does well. This isn’t because I’m his cheerleader. I just want the Eagles to have a young viable QB option on the roster. It would be nice to have options when May rolls around. If the right guy is available, go get him. If not, Foles could be a legitimate alternative.
Matt Barkley showed some potential, but he’s still a rookie and has a lot of learning left to do. With him and Foles both being young QBs, you’d rather play the one with more experience. He gives you a better chance to win. He also is more likely to give you an indication of whether he can be “the guy” in the future.
You can bet that Chip Kelly, Pat Shurmur and Bill Lazor went over the Dallas tape thoroughly with Foles. There were open receivers all over the field. The plays were there to be had. Foles just didn’t get the job done. If Foles can learn from his disaster and build on it, that will be a good sign. Some players get overwhelmed by a bad game and struggle to get back on track.
There is nothing in Foles past to show that he’s not mentally tough. He took a beating at Arizona, but kept playing and putting up good numbers. He never got down. He never griped about the coaches. Foles just kept grinding, even when things got pretty bad. The team lost 8 of 9 games at one point. The offense was Top 20 in the nation. The defense was in the bottom 10. Arizona couldn’t win shootouts. Their defense was awful. Foles just kept chugging along, putting up yards and points.
The NFL is a different story. It is easy to struggle at this level. It is hard to be successful. Foles has a major challenge ahead of him.
There is also the question of durability. Foles missed the season finale last year with a hand injury. He then started 2 games this year before getting knocked out. If nothing else, Foles needs to show that he can stay on the field. Another injury would give you a whole other set of questions to deal with.
It would be great for Foles to play well from here on out. That would give you the feeling that he could be the starter in the future. I can also live with Foles failing and showing that he’s simply not good enough to start. The only bad outcome for me will be if 9 weeks from now we still don’t have a good feel for Foles future.
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I hope everyone had a happy Halloween.
Check out these photos of the Titans cheerleaders in their costumes and you’ll have a happy Halloween.
I would love the Eagles cheerleaders to embrace this tradition.
As for the female readers…does it get better than this?