Man, Nick Foles is getting some serious heat tonight. Some think he is an average QB. Some think he is a bad QB. Some think the Eagles must insert Mark Sanchez as the starter. Many are sure that we have learned one thing…Foles should not be the Eagles QB for the long term.
This comes off a game where Foles was 36-62-411 with 2 TDs and 2 INTs.
If Foles had gone 36-52-411 with 2 TDs and no picks…would that have made him the QB of the future and a good player? No, clearly not. And the game Foles did have did not expose him as a bad player or someone that needs to be replaced.
Foles remains a work in progress. He is a mystery. We’re all dying to know the outcome and that leads people to proclaim they know he’s not the answer, but how many of those same people thought the Eagles were going to lose when trailing the Jaguars 17-0 or the Colts 20-6? I know you don’t want to hear this, but we have to let Foles play and show what he is. As good as things looked last year, they are murky right now.
Foles has been an INT machine this year. And that has been costly. He continues to preach the message that he’s learning from his mistakes, but the play on the field does not always show that. To be fair, INTs are not all the same. The mistakes he made today were very different than those in the Giants game. That said, does he have to learn every lesson in the book this season? Ugh.
I’m not here to absolve Foles and tell you everything is hunky dory. He’s got to play better.
There are a couple of things to consider. First, some QBs take time to develop. At the end of 3 seasons, Drew Brees was a huge question mark for San Diego. He had 29 TDs and 31 INTs. Brees had his breakout season the next year. Brees, like Foles, was inconsistent. And you have to understand that inconsistent isn’t the same thing as bad. Doug Pederson was bad. Mike McMahon was bad. Bobby Hoying was bad. Foles is at the very least an average QB.
The other key point is that if we did know Foles wasn’t the answer, finding the answer is a heck of a lot easier said than done. We’d all love Marcus Mariota to somehow end up in Philly, but that’s just not going to happen. He will go very high, possibly #1. The QB class overall is very unimpressive. You could trade for someone and hope Kelly works magic with him, but those situations don’t have a high success rate.
I don’t see Kelly giving up on Foles any time soon. He is definitely tired of the mistakes, but I think Kelly values the positives enough to work through the negatives.
Get mad at Foles when he sucks. Rip him when he throws dumb INTs. But also understand he’s a young QB that we’re still trying to figure out. We can’t really have an informed discussion on him until January, and even then the answer may not be as cut and dried as we would like.
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I have been pretty miserable tonight because I hate losing to the Cardinals, but let’s also remember the Eagles are 5-2 with a pair of narrow road losses to good teams. And the Eagles are starting to get healthy. The arrow is still pointing up on this season.
Don’t let a crappy loss cloud a good season so far.