Once Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick began struggling with turnovers and production early in the 2012 season, Eagles’ fans everywhere swore that rookie QB Nick Foles would be their savior.
Well, Foles sure got his chance to prove himself to the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ once Vick went down with a concussion in Week 10, but to no avail.
In Foles’ six starts in place of Vick, which were the first six starts of his NFL career, the rookie struggled in almost every aspect of play and looked absolutely lost on the gridiron. He not only showed a lack of confidence in his decision making, but he also displayed a very concerning amount of inaccuracy.
Foles really only had one truly impressive performance on the season, as he threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for a touchdown, in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But keep in mind that the Buccaneers fielded one of the league’s worst passing defenses this season.
In all, Foles is just not an NFL quality starting quarterback. Period.
He may have what it takes to become a life-long professional backup, but he is just not the kind of player that is going to lead the Eagles, or any other NFL team, into Super Bowl contention.
This is why the Eagles desperately need to look elsewhere for their next starting quarterback. While there are not many worthy free agent QBs this off-season, the 2013 NFL Draft could pose as a great opportunity for the Eagles to snag the guy that they are looking for.
West Virginia University QB Geno Smith is atop most draft analyst’s signal-caller rankings, and the Eagles have a great chance at nabbing him with the 4th overall pick.
But really, it doesn’t matter how exactly the Eagles find their next franchise quarterback, they just need to find the right one. And I can assure you that Foles is not the leader that they’re looking for.
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