All quarterbacks have bad games. All rookie quarterbacks have bad games, and the great ones find a way to learn from their mistakes. After getting cleared for practice this week, Nick Foles appears to be starting the game for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday as long as he doesn’t experience any setbacks. After the horrific effort two weeks ago, he must find a way to redeem himself in a tough environment on the road against a surging Oakland Raiders team.
Foles will need all the help he can get from the top down. If Chip Kelly isn’t willing to adjust some of his play calls, it could be a long afternoon. Foles is no threat to run, and an anemic DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy have destroyed any offensive flow the last two weeks. The porous offensive line hasn’t helped the effort and has wasted two solid weeks from the defense. If they want to win this week, mistakes will have to be minimized.
Kelly needs to decide if he is an aggressive or conservative coach, understand that having the ball matters and the final score counts, and not how many plays he runs. He needs to design an offense that gives Foles time to make reads and deliver the ball.
Michael Vick‘s career is over. Matt Barkley had a shot the last two weeks and has yet to show he is starting quarterback material. This is Foles’ time to shine, and he gets a second chance to fully win the starting spot. If he has any fight left, he must engineer a win on Sunday to right the ship and get the roster believing again.
If he fails and offers a repeat performance, the quarterback situation will be a complete disaster, and it may be time to get Jeff Garcia on the phone. At least he’s a threat to run.