As the 2014 NFL Draft quickly approaches, the Philadelphia Eagles have an opportunity to address some of the major needs for the team. The glaring issues appear to be on defense. But listen to Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman or head coach Chip Kelly and you get the impression that they will take the best available player on the board. When you start to look at the possible options, from the looks of it, quarterback Nick Foles could be in for a rude awakening. Or could he?
What if the Eagles select a quarterback with one of their picks? What if they decide to get a top prospect: Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, or Blake Bortles. Surely they wouldn’t think of wasting a pick when Foles has earned the job with his 27 touchdown to 2 interception year, a season in which he didn’t play all 16 games (not any fault of his own). Why should the team seemingly waste a pick? One word: competition.
Anyone who thinks competition at the quarterback spot look no further than the last 10 years or so of the Eagles’ seasons. Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb had no threat with quarterback Koy Detmer behind him. Once quarterback Kevin Kolb came on-board, the pressure mounted, and given the point in McNabb’s career, the writing was on the wall. Fortunately for the Eagles, they traded Kolb away before he had his own set of issues. Oh, and remember who Kolb lost his job to – a resurgent Michael Vick, who then lost his job to current quarterback Foles. It’s a nasty and ruthless carousel, but the best man should and usually does win the job.
For Nick Foles, he comes with a cool and collected attitude and doesn’t let much if anything get to him. McNabb used to seemingly brush things off, but when you saw the results on the field or how things turned out towards the end of his career, you can’t help but think that things finally did get to him. Foles has a strong work ethic, good attitude, and a drive to succeed. He needs to keep getting better, and never let himself fall into the “starting quarterback” role. He needs to continue to always compete as if he’s one interception or injury away from the bench. It is, in all honestly, Foles’ job to lose.