Should quarterback Nick Foles be the face of the franchise for the Philadelphia Eagles? It’s a silly question, right? Of course Foles has done enough, I mean look at those stats! He has a 125.2 quarterback rating this season which places him third in the league. Even watching him, Foles has the ideal size of an NFL quarterback. And he clearly has the arm.
Foles also makes great decisions while in the pocket, and quite frankly, outside of the pocket as well. He can take hits and I no longer have to constantly worry about fractured ribs or something else. For the first time in a long time, whenever a ball is thrown I expect something great to happen. Before I cringed and prayed it wasn’t picked off.
Who knows if what we are seeing out of Foles at the moment is what we’ll see for the rest of his career. Even if his play levels out and he turns out to be a game manager and not a superstar, I’m okay with that. In fact, that’s all this Eagles offense needs. I mean, they are stacked with talent. Maybe we just need a smarter decision maker to distribute the ball.
The Eagles don’t need the Johnny Manziel or Marcus Mariota-type at quarterback. While it may be more pretty to watch, there is always more risk with a mobile quarterbacks and we, Eagles fans, know that all too much. A good metaphor for this would be having an exotic car. Sure, its shiny and goes fast, but in the long run it just isn’t practical. Plus, conventional quarterbacks seem to have longer, more successful careers in the NFL.
All eyes will be on the second-year quarterback out of Arizona for the rest of the season. If Foles gets the Eagles to the playoffs, I believe he will be set in stone as the Eagles’ franchise quarterback for many, many years. If not? I still think Foles will be our guy. I just don’t see Philadelphia drafting a quarterback in the first couple of rounds with the way this 2012 third round pick has looked this year. And after the first couple of rounds, I doubt there will be anyone left to even compete with him.
Bold prediction: Foles lights up the Dallas Cowboys for over 400 yards and leads the Eagles to the playoffs. GO BIRDS!