Nick Foles Should Be Starting Quarterback For Philadelphia Eagles In Week 1

By Ryan Wenzell
Howard Smith – USA TODAY Sports

Nick Foles, who posted a losing record for a Philadelphia Eagles team that was riddled with injuries along the offensive line and at the skill positions, still put up some eye-popping stats for a rookie quarterback in 2012.

Foles averaged 243 yards per game and a 61 percent completion percentage, which are both Eagles rookie quarterback records. Also, take into consideration that Foles broke these records behind an injury-ravaged and porous offensive line and an offense without its two biggest play makers in DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.

Foles also is gifted at something that is absolutely crucial in a Chip Kelly offense: making good decisions and not turning the football over. Foles interception percentage last season was second-best in the NFL behind only Robert Griffin III.

Frankly, turning the football over and being inaccurate are things that have plagued Michael Vick for most of his career, and I am not sure I see that changing at age 33. Foles showed in his rookie season that, in contrast to Vick, he can be both accurate and limit turnovers by making good, timely decisions with the football.

By all accounts, Vick and Foles have been neck and neck in early mini camp and OTAs. When the pads come on next week and preseason begins shortly thereafter, one man will presumably really separate himself from the pack. If it is a close and even battle, conventional wisdom would say for coach Kelly to go with the young buck with more upside, and that is Foles.

I believe Foles fits this offense better because he has shown to be a better decision maker, he can stay on the field, and he has limited mistakes early in his career. In the end, I believe Foles will be the last man standing in this heated quarterback battle.

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