For the third time in four years, the Eagles have a new starting QB.
With Michael Vick’s injury situation lagging on for three weeks, and a caution to avoid serious long term harm to him in a lost season, the Eagles have named Nick Foles the starting QB.
In his Monday press conference, Head Coach Andy Reid named Foles the starter after the team’s 38-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Foles played sensationally, completing 22 of his 34 passes for a solid 251 yards and an archer’s throw to Riley Cooper for a 15 yard TD pass. Cooper reached around the Dallas defender, as Foles threw an accurate strike to Cooper to give the Eagles a 24-17 lead midway through the third. In addition, Foles led a top-flight field goal drive at the end of the first half, going 58 yards in the span of 41 seconds. The highlight was a 29 yard sideline pass to Jason Avant, where Foles showed a touch on the ball to drop it in between the defense.
After the game, Foles acknowledged an improvement in his play, saying, “I feel like I’ve improved…I think it’s just a comfort level…There’s a ton of work in this film and I still have a ton of improvement and I just feel, like the two-point conversion throw I’ve got to hit that.But I feel a lot more comfortable, because like I’ve said before it’s like everything in life.”
Reid justified his decision, stating, “I think where we’re at right now in the season, I think it gives the kid an opportunity to play and finish it up. I just think he’s playing well enough, number one, to where I think he can win football games for us, and then, two, I think where we sit at this position in the season, I think it’s the right thing to do.”
After reviewing the film of the game, Reid saw strides made by the young QB: “You see the footwork is better when he’s throwing the football, it’s allowing us to add more into his repertoire of throws. He’s been working very hard on that. The drops are, that’s the thing that a young quarterback has to learn, and then coordinating that with the secondary that they’re seeing and they have to do this within a couple second period of time and get it right. I’ve seen improvement there.”
It is now in Foles’ hands now. He controls his fate in these final four games, to show to Reid, the organization, and all candidates for the coaching job that he can be the franchise QB. He controls his own destiny, and if he plays as he did Sunday night, with the right pieces, we may be able to return to the playoff realm as soon as next year.
Only time will tell, of course. The 2013 season opener is an agonizing nine months away.
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