The curious case of Nick Foles.
Quarterback Nick Foles had a break out season for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. Throwing 27 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions was a record breaking feat that is very unlikely to be repeated in the next few years. Does this mean that the Eagles will be a worse team in 2014? Who knows. Nick Foles is a very talented player, but is he good enough to carry this team on his back the way that Tom Brady does for the New England Patriots? I’m not so sure, yet. Here’s why:
1. Foles will have a new quarterback coach
Bill Lazor departed to become the offensive coach for the Miami Dolphins following the 2013 season. Will the new Eagles QB coach, Bill Musgrave, be able to lift Foles to the same heights? The relationship between coach and player is key, look at the rocky relationship between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan in Washington for evidence of what a poor relationship can do to a player. I hope Musgrave and Foles get off on the right foot.
2. No DeSean Jackson
Nick Foles will miss DeSean Jackson in several ways. Jackson was a big play threat, who gave Foles the option to go deep on almost every play. There are no proven players on the 2014 Eagles roster who give Foles that option. DeSean Jackson also took defenders away from other players. He would attract attention away from lesser stars like wide receiver Riley Cooper, who managed to put up his best numbers last year. Opposing defences will give Foles less options, forcing quicker, shallow throws and a change in tactics from the Eagles offense.
3. History counts
History says that no QB has had a season like the one Nick Foles just had. Who’s to say he can repeat it? If it’s never been done before, what chance has Foles got of achieving similar numbers in consecutive years?