After assuring the media multiple times that Michael Vick would remain the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting QB when healthy, head coach Andy Reid said today that rookie QB Nick Foles will be at the helm for the rest of the 2012 season.
Vick went down in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys with a concussion, and Foles has been manning the QB spot for the past three and a half weeks.
Foles seemed to be an overwhelmingly incompetent signal-caller in his first two NFL starts, tallying just 323 passing yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.
But last night in the Eagles’ second and final match-up with the Cowboys, Foles looked like a whole different football player. Not only did the rookie complete 22 of his 34 pass attempts for 251 yards and a touchdown, but he also showed great composure and confidence in the pocket. Foles also committed zero turnovers.
Even though it came in a loss, this impressive prime-time performance was enough for Reid to give Foles the starting nod for the final four games of the year.
This decision is also a result of the fact that the Eagles have no chance of making the playoffs, and might as well let Foles show his worth, rather than letting Vick return to action for seemingly no reason.
Vick has also failed to pass his “imPACT” concussion tests in recent weeks, and therefore has not been cleared to practice, let alone play in a game. Reid noted that he did not want to risk further injury to Vick, and that at this point in the season it makes the most sense to go with Foles.
Foles wasn’t the only Eagles’ rookie that showed great promise on Sunday night, as RB Bryce Brown put up a monstrous 169 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries. Despite Brown’s fumbling woes (3 lost in 2 starts), the rookie has broken out in a huge way, totaling an absurd 347 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns in his first two NFL starts.
It seems to me that with the post-season completely out of reach, Brown will remain the Eagles’ starting running back for the rest of the year, with RB LeSean McCoy currently recovering from a concussion as well.
Now with four games left in the 2012 season, Foles and Brown will have a prime opportunity to show off their talents with nothing to lose (except for more games).
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