The Philadelphia Eagles have found themselves a new starting quarterback in second-year player Nick Foles. In Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins, Foles played error-free football completing an efficient 17 of 26 passes for 298 yards and one rushing touchdown. Although their offense was unable to shut-the-door on the Redskins late into the game, Foles was smart enough not to commit any mistakes. The Eagles win was their first home victory of the year and their third in a row. They now sit atop the NFC East, with the Dallas Cowboys on bye this week. All proving that Foles is now a better choice to become the Eagles permanent starter at quarterback over the injury-prone Michael Vick.
Vick, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, was part of the reason the Eagles lost three out of their first four games this season. With a majority of the team’s victories coming with Foles at the helm, he is the better option to run head coach Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.
Kelly has been unwilling to commit to Foles as the permanent starter so far, simply because he didn’t have to while Vick was injured. But with the former starter on the brink of returning, Kelly will have to name a main starter as early as this week. And that player should be Foles. He’s mistake-free play and winning pedigree have earned it. Amazingly, Foles has yet to throw an interception this season.
Although I’ve never been a fan of a player losing their position status due to injury, it happens all the time. That’s why you see so many players “toughing it out” in the NFL. They don’t want to lose their starting jobs. In Vick’s case, his poor start combined with his injury history have now probably ended his career in Philadelphia for good. Ladies and gentleman…welcome to the Nick Foles era.