On Monday Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced that rookie quarterback Nick Foles would be the team’s starter at the position for the remainder of the season.
Foles has started for the Eagles at quarterback each of the last three weeks following Michael Vick being sidelined in those contests due to suffering a concussion in Philadelphia’s 38-23 week 10 loss to their NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys.
Vick has yet to pass the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol system which is administered to all players who suffered a concussion and they must pass in order to compete. The Eagles say that currently Vick is in stage four of the five stage process but however is showing signs of improvement. Reid said that he discussed the decision with Vick and had the following to say in regards to that conversation, “He was very positive about it. He completely understood. He was on board with it.”
So far this season Foles has passed for 793 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 61% of his pass attempts. The one issue that Foles has been having while under center is his ability to connect with his receivers hands only. Foles has had four interceptions dropped by the defenders which means that he should truthfully have seven interceptions already this year which would give him an interception percentage of 5.5 which would lead the NFL.
Foles being named the starter for the remainder of the season is clearly a sign that the Eagles will part ways with Vick during the regular season and want to see exactly what the young signal caller can do to see whether or not he is their guy going forward.