After Michael Vick picked up yet another injury during the second quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles game against the New York Giants on Sunday, the team called upon Nick Foles to come into the game. Upon his insertion into the game, Foles immediately took control, leading the Eagles to a 36-21 victory and staking his claim to be the team’s starter going forward.
During the game, Foles completed 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns, and generally looked to be in control for the entirety of the game. The big 6-foot-6, 243-pound quarterback showed great pocket presence, a willingness to stay in the pocket and take big hits, and the ability to throw accurately both short and long-range passes.
Furthermore, he showed that he could deliver passes even when the team’s running corps was not proving to be effective, a trait while will make the Eagles running game more effective when the team faces the more difficult defenses in the NFL. This is because throwing the ball throughout the field will stop opposing teams from being able to stack eight players in the box to stop the run.
Preventing opposition defenses from doing this will in turn make life much easier on LeSean McCoy and the rest of the team’s running backs throughout the rest of 2013.
While Foles does not offer nearly the running impact that comes with Vick, there is no doubt that he has far better ability at throwing the ball accurately and staying on the field for long stretches of time. Ultimately, the effectiveness of a quarterback is truly based on these two areas, and there is no doubt that Foles has Vick beat in both.
Heading into the rest of the season, it will be extremely crucial for the Eagles to develop some continuity within their roster, and this begins at the position of quarterback. While Vick may be the player that sticks out in terms of big-play potential on the roster, the fact is that Foles is the safer option over the long haul of the season to provide consistent and effective play from the quarterback position.