Nick Foles vs. Matthew Stafford: Great Decision-Making Against Big ArmBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Thursday, December 5th, 2013
This week Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will battle against another “Franchise Quarterback”. It’s the Lions Matthew Stafford this time, who is a former first-round draft pick and supposed savior of his Detroit ball club. Foles has the numbers going his way so far, but he doesn’t have the Superstar pedigree of being a first round draft pick, like Stafford.
The Lions signal caller has great size and a great arm. He’s got a lot of confidence and he can make all the throws, but I give Foles an advantage over him when it comes to decision-making.
Foles is showing all of us, that good decision-making and an accurate arm is better than a gun for an arm and okay decision-making. It’s amazing that Foles has been so consistent with his decision-making other than that Dallas game. It’s his decision-making that has him threatening the record books.
On the other hand, the talented young signal caller for the Lions will pull the trigger on just about any throw, in much the same way we saw with the Cardinals Carson Palmer last week. Palmer is also a former first round pick, who had this Superstar pedigree, but can’t match Foles when it comes to taking care of the football.
Stafford can be so trigger-happy at times that some people compare him to Brett Favre in his mindset, that he can make any throw. There’s a lot of ego in that attitude and it costs your team wins. I like the humility I see in Foles. He’ll give up all the highlight plays for another win.
Because of the differences in taking care of the football, I like Foles’ chance of out dueling Stafford. The Lions quarterback will wind up with some great highlights because he takes so many dangerous chances with the football. I know Foles wants to get victories rather than a good highlight reel.
Like Palmer, Stafford has thrown quite a few interceptions, 14 in his first 12 games to be exact. The Birds secondary got two interceptions last week against Palmer, they should be able to get at least as many against Stafford, if they attack the football at its highest point.
Stafford has a receiver in Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, whom he’s going to throw the ball to regardless of how many guys the Eagles have covering him. Palmer has Larry Fitzgerald and Stafford has Megatron. Nobody’s going to stop Stafford from going to Megatron in any situation. The Birds defenders, who did a good job against Fitzgerald must expect the football being thrown to Johnson often.
The Birds defensive backs should also know that, the former Georgia Bulldog will throw the ball up for grabs to not only Johnson, but his other big receivers like 6’5″ Brandon Pettigrew and 6’6″ Kris Durham.
Foles needs to continue with his attitude of staying away from turnovers. The three to nothing turnover advantage the Eagles had against Arizona was one of key reasons they won. I liked the fact that after the game last Sunday, Foles said he should have taken a sack, when he threw the interception to Patrick Peterson, which was negated by a holding penalty on the Cardinals.
It’s not just about decision-making, it’s the attitude of decision-making. Foles cares about winning above trying to make a great throw.
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