There is seemingly some good news for the Washington Redskins: they will not have to face Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick during their Week Eleven matchup with the Eagles. Vick was ruled out after suffering a concussion during Philadelphia’s Week Ten loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Unheralded rookie quarterback Nick Foles (above) will get the start against Washington.
If the Redskins’ defense thinks they’ll have an easy time with Foles, they better think again. First, despite his recent troubles, Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid is a great offensive coach that works well with quarterbacks (see Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb). Second, there’s little film of Foles for Washington to refer to. Therefore, it’ll be hard for Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to determine Foles’ tendencies and devise a strategy designed to stop the Eagles’ rookie quarterback.
The last reason why any notion the Redskins’ defense may have about having an easy time containing Foles is because they’re the Washington Redskins’ defense. Currently, the Redskins’ defensive unit is ranked 27th in the NFL. Specifically, Washington’s pass defense has been missing in action. That was apparent during their Week Nine game against the Carolina Panthers; wide receiver Armanti Edwards was left wide open to catch an 82 yard pass from Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton in the fourth quarter. It was Edwards’ second reception of the season, and led to the touchdown that sealed the victory for Carolina.
If Haslett were wise, he would replay every snap that Foles took during the Cowboys-Eagles matchup. Haslett had better treat Foles like he were an elite quarterback and use every piece of game film available on Foles to devise a solid defensive game plan. Because if the Washington defense overlook Foles and think this game will be a cakewalk, he’ll pass all over the Redskins’ defense. And if that happens, it’ll be another long day for Washington Redskins’ fans.