I’m sure Nick Foles’ fans leaped out of their seats when the second-year Philadelphia Eagles’ QB scampered for a 7-yard touchdown in the Birds’ preseason match-up last night against the Carolina Panthers.
Too bad it means absolutely nothing.
We all know that Foles is no threat on the ground in the NFL, so what head coach Chip Kelly, as well as Eagles’ nation, needed to see was Foles airing the ball out and taking chances down-field. Instead, Foles again put up an incredibly pedestrian stat-line, throwing for just 53 yards on 6 of 8 passing. Foles also threw an interception and failed to reach the end-zone through the air.
Now while QB Michael Vick was not able to convert on a passing touchdown either, the long-time vet once again shined otherwise, completing 9 of 10 passes for 105 yards. Vick was also able to break off a 14-yard run; totaling 2 rushes for 20 yards on the night.
And please don’t be misguided by the notch in Vick’s interception column, as the pick took place with triple zeros on the clock at the end of the first half on a last-ditch-effort, ‘Hail Mary’ chuck. So if that is the only mishap that Foles’ fans have to try and say Vick should sit…good luck. Because Coach Kelly knows as well as anybody that in reality, Vick has yet to commit a legitimate turnover throughout their first two preseason contests.
Even though Foles has not played terribly in either game, his efforts have just been wildly boring and anticlimactic.
We all knew from the start that this was Vick’s job to lose, not Foles’ job to win. And Vick is not loosening his grip on his starting status anytime soon.
Vick will be the Eagles’ starter in Week 1, and will remain there throughout the entire 2013 season (barring injury of course). I guarantee it.