Just say the name…….Nick Foles. Unless you’re an Arizona Wildcat football fan, it probably doesn’t carry a lot of cache. But, what Foles has done with this team in the week and a half that he’s been the team leader has been outstanding, picking up wins on the road against New York and Tampa Bay. Now, I know the nay-sayers out there will look at this and say that the Buck and Giants are two bottom-feeding NFL teams, but, in this league, a road win is huge. And, when the spotlight turned to Foles, he didn’t disappoint.
He entered the Denver blowout, going 3-4, for 49 yards, and the teams’ lone touchdown through the air. OK, one might say it was gainst the Broncos second and third-string players, but, with the team morale completely decimated by that point, for Foles to step in, and provide a spark says something about his leadership.
He entered the game at New York, after the Michael Vick hamstring injury, and went 16-25, 197 yards, and 2 touchdowns, and an Eagles win. Not just an Eagles win, but a division win. And, not just a division win, but a division win on the road. Let’s remember that one there.
Just last week, he re-entered the scene of his improbable comeback from last season; Tampa Bay. And, even with the Bucs having Darrelle Revis trying to stay with DeSean Jackson, Foles still went 22-31, 296 yards, and 3 touchdowns. And, since Foles is not the running threat Vick purports to be, when he ran for a score, it was a welcome surprise.
The real point in all of this is: Foles need to remain the quarterback of this team, not Vick. When Vick is in, he is extremely hit-or-miss. You could either have him go for 428 yards passing, and 2 TD’s, as he did against San Diego, or, you can watch him get sacked 6 times, and throw silly interceptions, as he did against Kansas City. Vick keeps trying to make plays the way he once did when he was in his 20’s, which, he’s not anymore. He’s never been the most-durable guy, and, his proclivity to want to run when things break down exacerbates his injury situation. Foles sees something he doesn’t like, he’ll simply toss it away, and live to play another down. That’s what this team needs. A quarterback that can manage a game, help minimize mistakes, rely on his running backs to do the running, and throw things away when the heat is on.
The NFC East is a very winnable division this season. And, since the team has already played, and beaten division foes Washington and New York on the road (again, a very important point to make here), they need a field general that will put the team first, and not want to be the star of the show, so to speak. Let that fall to LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, or even Brent Celek. Give me someone that can run this offense without feeling as if he has to be “the main cog” in the machine. Give me Foles.
The average age of starting quarterbacks in the NFL last season was below 28 years old. Take out Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Carson Palmer, and that number falls to 26.9 years old. Vick is 33, and nowhere near the class of Manning or Brees. Those two would be the exception to the rule. Those two would be like a nice bordeaux, as they seem to get better with age. Vick, on the other hand, seems to be like a player trying to re-live his high school glory days; when he was the BMOC, and nobody could touch him. Sadly, that isn’t the case any more for Vick. The time has come. Leave Foles in. Play well. Win the NFC East.