Nick Foles Turns Into Pumpkin Early For Halloween
Cinderella was gruesomely murdered by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Nick Foles and Matt Barkley performed horribly for the Eagles in what was an abysmal 17-3 loss at home. While the reality check was hard to swallow, it’s good to have stability back in Philadelphia.
Mike Vick is a better player than Foles right now. I’m not saying Foles doesn’t have a future (he might), but he is, in fact, worse and should not be the starter for the Eagles. As I said in my article last week, it would hurt Chip’s credibility and Shiel Kapadia of Eagles 24/7 seems to agree in his new Zone Read article:
If he’s healthy, Michael Vick starts Sunday vs. the Giants. The argument for Foles is that the Eagles should at least find out what they have. But Kelly (and most coaches) are not wired that way. They spend countless hours watching film, game-planning and practicing. Sundays are not meant for experimentation. By doing that, you risk frustrating the other players on the field, you send the wrong message, and you make it more difficult to get your system in place.
The Dallas game plan was able to reveal some issues with Foles that aren’t going away. The Cowboys chose to play a press man to man coverage on the Birds. This provided a domino effect that puts the game in perspective.
First, the Cowboys had no respect for Foles’ arm. With Foles not a threat to burn them deep, Dallas played generally tight to the line and constricted the field. For example, Barry Church was able to assist in the run game. According to ProFootballFocus, Church had five tackles in the game, all five were stops (“stops” being defined as a solo tackle that results in an offensive failure). The extra help, paired with superb defensive line play (Jason Hatcher), led to LeSean McCoy’s worst game of the season. He had 55 yards rushing on 18 carries and 26 receiving yards on six grabs.
So with the running game out of commission, Foles had to win the game through the air. However, Dallas’ defense handled Chip’s combo play offense effectively, which led to a more traditional offense. After a few drives in the first quarter, the Eagles primarily ran traditional passing plays. This meant Foles was no longer making quick decisions and had to completer throws further downfield. As a result Foles ended the night 11 for 27 with only seven completions past the line of scrimmage. Ew.
So what does this mean? If Foles was going to take the job this was his opportunity and he failed. Unlike last year where he had a team of back-ups, Foles had the entire offense at his disposal and a week to prepare but was unable to move the ball.
At this point, it’s entirely possible that they add someone from the deep upcoming QB class and competition will run its course from there next season.
The other option would be to sign a free agent to compete. However, the free agent class doesn’t offer any talent. So given that Chip obviously likes Vick more and he may be considered the best free agent QB available what this all might mean is that Vick and Foles have another year together.
Try not to celebrate the idea too much.
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