The Nick Foles Debut Was Some Good Some BadBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Monday, November 12th, 2012
I think Nick Foles is going to be the Eagles starting quarterback this Sunday against the Washington Redskins because Michael Vick didn’t seem very steady after the game as he walked out of Lincoln Financial Field. He sustained a concussion and in all likelihood he will miss next week’s game. After that we’ll have to wait and see.
As for the rookie’s play against the Cowboys, I thought Foles did a decent job of taking over as the Birds quarterback in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He made some good decisions and he made some poor decisions but I think Foles showed that over time he might be able to become a very good NFL quarterback.
Does that mean he’s going to be able to lead the Birds to the playoffs this year or next year or the year after that? There’s certainty of that and of how good he could become, but you do see some of the ingredients needed to be a NFL quarterback.
Foles was 22 out of 32 for 219 yards with one touchdown and one interception. For a seasoned quarterback this was a spotty and shakey performance at best, but for a rookie who was snatched off the bench at the last minute, Foles did a decent job.
The touchdown throw to Jeremy Maclin showed one of Foles’ strengths. In the same way that Tony Romo is able to buy time and keep his eyes downfield, Foles will buy time for his receivers and keep his eyes downfield. That gives him the chance to find a receiver who comes open late in the route.
We saw this ability in Foles during the preseason. On the first touchdown of his career, the youngster rolled to his right after the pocket became congested. Maclin, who had lined up in the slot on the left side, was turned completely loose by the Dallas secondary and Foles lofted a pass which could have had more zip on it. The ball arrived just in time for a 44-yard Eagles touchdown.
The young quarterback is able to throw on the run with great accuracy. I thought his best throw of the game was a pass to fellow rookie Demaris Johnson. Foles hit him with a dart of a throw, which would have put the Birds on the one or two yard line, if not for one of the many penalties against Birds right tackle, King Dunlap.
I think Foles’ biggest strength is that he has a clear understanding of the NFL passing game and the coverages at an early age. In his first game, Andy Reid made it a point to mention Foles had made some very good checks at the line of scrimmage yesterday. In the future, he has the potential to be able to run the no-huddle offense.
Foles must acknowledge his limitations. On the play which he was hit by Antony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware and separated from the football, he must learn to throw that ball away. He’s not going to be running away from the defensive linemen in the NFL.
These guys are big and tall, but they are also very quick and able to run very fast. Foles is a good athlete, but he’s not an elite athlete who has the speed and quickness to run away from and elude these monsters who rush the quarterbacks in the NFL.
The young quarterback also threw a quick screen to Spencer who picked it off, but it negated by a holding call on Morris Claiborne. The Eagles signal caller has to look that way before he makes that throw.
Foles seems to have a very good pocket awareness, but he must respect and acknowledge his limitations. If he’s not sure where the defenders are, then he must consider throwing the ball away or getting on the ground.
The rookie quarterback also needs to put more zip on the football when he’s attempting a throw of a decent length. He hung an out route to the Cowboys sideline, which could have been picked off and run back to the house. His worst throw was an infield pop-up which was caught by Maclin in the middle of the field. This was a horrible decision and again, it could have been picked off and run back to the house.
Foles will be able to prepare much better with a week of practice if he starts against the Redskins. He’ll know what to expect and Washington doesn’t have much of a pass rush with both of their top pass rushers sidelined for the season. I think it will be a great situation for him, if he gets the start.
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