If Vick Goes Down, Nick Foles Will Deliver A Championship To PhillyBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, September 6th, 2012
As we approach the start of the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles football season I’m going to say something CRAZY! Something I criticized many Philly writers and a lot of radio listeners for doing. I’m jumping on the Nick Foles bandwagon and crowning him the Eagles quarterback of the future.
I’m not one of those who think that starting quarterback Michael Vick can’t make it through the season. But if he doesn’t, Nick Foles will step in and carry the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win, how about that? However, I firmly believe that the quarterback to give Philly its first World Championship will be Michael Vick!
I keep hearing all the stats and reasons why he can’t or won’t get it done. I keep getting bombarded with “I’m not so sure” and the other opinions that “professionals” try and convince me of. The same ones who tell me why a certain guy is a “can’t miss” out of college or why the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl every year or even why the New York Giants will repeat. They get on my nerves too!
We know that MV7 hasn’t done “this” or that he can’t do “that”. We know, because we’ve been told a million times how he’s only made it through one season injury-free. We know that his reckless style of play makes him prone to injury because we hear it every day!
We know that he’s only six feet tall, “if that” because all you professional and veteran media guys and football gurus’ think we don’t know what we know or what we have been watching for years. The whole “he needs to change his playing style” and “he better learn how to slide” is getting so very old. Yeah, I know, and so is Vick getting hurt every other game, right?
So let’s say you’re right and Mr. Vick gets hurt again. Enter NF9, or whatever Mr. Foles’ brand will be. He comes into the game raw indeed but so cool and confident. A rookie quarterback can flourish in the NFL, just ask Dan Marino. Remember the Miami Dolphins of 1983? Remember that Todd Blackledge and Tony Eason were taken before him in the greatest QB draft in NFL history? In fact, Marino was taken “last” out that now legendary quarterback crop. Out of that class, three are in the Hall of Fame. The sportswriters of the early eighties couldn’t predict that could they?
And they couldn’t predict that Ben Roethlisberger, (who?) out of Miami University in Ohio, Pittsburgh’s 1st round pick in 2004 would be the Rookie of the Year that year either and anyone who says they did… well, you have an issue with truth. No one knew Big Ben was going to be the player he has turned out to be winning two Super Bowls. And we know so well the story of a sixth rounder out of Michigan who many consider the best quarterback to ever play… “Tom” something or other.
Some quarterbacks come out of college with all the fan fair and hoopla, ala Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Wouldn’t it be something if Kirk Cousins from Michigan St. ends up having a better career than RG III whether the Redskins keep him or not? Or even Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins wide receiver, uh, quarterback out of Texas A&M who started only one full season under center. What kind of career will he have?
Troy Aikman had a horrible rookie season in 1989 because he had no help what so ever and we know all too well how that story ended don’t we? (I shudder at that reminder!) Nick Foles looks to have everything a great quarterback needs to win big in the NFL. He’s got great ability, mobility, great football senses, pocket awareness and command. He’s picking up defenses really well and knows how to get rid of the ball. The kid is already learning how not to take a sack! I know he hasn’t had a lot of time against opposing team’s starters but the guy is prepared to play. I will admit though, Foles needs to get the ball out a few seconds earlier on deep routes, other than that, he’s perfect. The biggest thing for Foles though is the wealth of weapons he has at his disposal. With LeSean McCoy to hand off to and DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek to name just a few, he only has to relax, settle in and play ball.
Seriously though, if Vick was to go down this season, which he won’t, we still are in position to make history. Ladies and Gentleman, introducing “NF9”, Nick Foles. NFL Rookie of the Year, 2012 NFL MVP and Super Bowl XLVII MVP!
Marino, Kelly, Elway and Aikman… all Hall of Famers and Brady and perhaps Roethlisberger will join them soon enough. We know the game so well, don’t we? Yeah, what do we really know?
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