Nick Foles May Now Be Competing With College QuarterbacksBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
I don’t know how long Nick Foles will need to continue playing at this level to secure the starting quarterback job, but a performance on Sunday against the Cowboys would put him fairly close to it. Anybody who can see would have to admit that Foles is closing in on winning his battle with Birds veteran quarterback Michael Vick for the Birds starting quarterback spot.
Chip Kelly says, “there’s been no drop off” when talking about the play of Foles so far in taking over for Vick. Truth is there’s been an improvement. To top things off, Foles was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week today for his performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He’s got to keep this up of course to keep the job when Vick gets healthy, but the young man is currently playing at a very high level.
Vick was talking about his hamstring a lot more this week than he was last week, which doesn’t make sense, unless you factor in Foles’ performance against the Bucs.
How can you replace a young quarterback like Foles, who is playing as well as any other quarterback in the league with a veteran quarterback like Vick, who hasn’t won a playoff game in nearly a decade? I know Vick’s speed fits this system better than Foles’ but you just can’t take a guy who is playing as well as he is out of the lineup. Add to that, the fact you have a young football team, that’s building for the future. We all know that if it weren’t for the fact Kelly really wants a quarterback who can run, Foles would be his guy.
I think Foles is now competing with college quarterbacks for the Eagles starting signal caller job in the future. Kelly knows that a speedy quarterback makes his running game more potent, so Foles has his work cut out for him in competing against guys who are still in college.
Depending on how the Birds feel about the quarterback position at the end of the season, they may get the chance to draft any of the following college signal callers: Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Tajh Boyd of Clemson, Braxton Miller of Ohio State, or Bret Hundley of UCLA.
All of these guys are more mobile that Foles, but will they be better. Foles has shown he can play and excel at this level. He hasn’t shown that he can do it over time, but these college players haven’t shown that they can even play on this level. Still they ave Foles’ competition.
If he wants to discourage the Eagles from using their top draft pick on a quarterback, he’s got to blow away the field with his play the rest of the season, which won’t be easy. In addition, he can’t get hurt.
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