October 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) runs away from Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Justin Durant (52) during first quarter action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles Nick Foles Will Improve. Here's Why

Some of you may have found the following stats in an article, “QBs in Focus” posted by Pro Football Focus. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will improve this season. But for those who believe he will decline this season, look closely at the stats below. Specifically his QB rating while being blitzed; 131.8 and 153.5.

The league averages are reflected in parenthesis beside each category.

Blitz

When blitzed, Foles really put on a show. He had the best yards/attempt, touchdown percentage, and QB rating. Yes, zero interceptions.

Yards/attempt: 10.2 (7.2)

YAC/completion: 8.2 (6.0)

Completion%: 64.4% (57.4%)

Accuracy%: 74.1% (68.7%)

TD%: 10.0% (4.9%)

INT: 0.0% (2.5%)

QB Rating: 131.8

PFF Grade: 3.7 (15th)

Foles is a much better read-option quarterback than Vick when under duress. His QB rating of 131.8 eclipses Vick’s of 78.4. That is a large disparity to be sure. But Foles started 8 games last season and was not Kelly’s pick for the Eagles starter at the beginning of the season. He did not get the lion’s-share of snaps in training camp or pre-season games.

Blitz, No Pressure

When teams send extra rushers but create no pressure they had better hit their mark. This is an area where Foles is lethal. If they miss, Foles will make them pay. His touchdown percentage nearly tripled the league average on plays where the rushers missed. His QB rating was nearly perfect at 153.5%?

Yards/attempt: 12.3 (8.0)

YAC/completion: 9.7 (6.1)

Completion%: 67.3% (65.4%)

Accuracy%: 78.8% (74.0%)

TD%: 15.3% (5.6%)

INT%: 0.0 (1.8%)

QB Rating: 153.5

PFF Grade: 7.2 (10th)

When former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick suffered a hamstring injury last year it seemed all hope was lost on the season. Foles was not a read-option quarterback. Conventional Wisdom dictates a read-option quarterback had to be mobile. Foles, compared to Vick was all but immobile. But Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is rewriting the book on “conventional wisdom.”

But this season is different. He has Kelly’s undivided attention for starting quarterback. So with the extra reps, the extra tutelage from Kelly and quarterback coach Bill Musgrave. Can you imagine how much better he will be this season?

Numbers don’t lie. Nick Foles is the real deal. It’s time to get used to it.

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