Are the Philadelphia Eagles Experiencing Deja Vu with QB Nick Foles?

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The Philadelphia Eagles‘ high hopes for rookie QB Nick Foles mostly dissolved following his wildly disappointing performances in six starts this past season in place of a concussed QB Michael Vick.

The recent acquisition of head coach Chip Kelly makes Foles’ future with the Eagles look even grimmer, as Kelly’s speed-focused spread offense calls for a much more mobile quarterback than Foles.

So, it looks like the Eagles will be attempting to court an elusive quarterback with a cannon-arm (i.e. West Virginia University QB Geno Smith), which will effectively shove Foles out of the starting spot, and could even send him packing in a trade.

Doesn’t this whole ordeal look incredibly similar to the Eagles’ QB situation just a couple of years ago?

Very soon after the Eagles signed Vick in 2009 and he showed that he was still an elite talent, it became clear that Vick would become the successor of former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb.

This resulted in the Eagles trading QB Kevin Kolb, a highly-touted second-round draft pick out of the University of Houston, to the Arizona Cardinals prior to the 2011 season in exchange for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick in 2012.

So the way I see it, the Eagles are almost definitely in line to repeat the process of shipping their supposed franchise-QB-in-waiting out of town to make room for a mobile signal-caller with great escapability.

Whether the Eagles do decide to snatch up Smith in the 2013 NFL Draft to become their next franchise QB, or they eye somebody else via draft or trade, it looks like Foles’ days at the helm for the Eagles are numbered.

But for Foles’ sake, let’s hope that he doesn’t fall off the face of the earth like Kolb did after leaving for the desert.

 

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