The Philadelphia Eagles entered the 2013 season with plenty of questions at the quarterback position. Chip Kelly held a preseason competition for the starting job, eventually won by Michael Vick, but leaving the position up in the air through much of training camp. As the year has progressed, it seems that, through injuries and some less-than-adequate play, more questions than answers have developed about the future of the position and Kelly’s preferences for running his offense.
However, with the recent play of Nick Foles and the success the team has had behind him, it would be difficult to argue that he’s not the best option, regardless of what the draft may bring.
Granted, Foles had a huge hiccup against the Dallas Cowboys where he played as poorly as could have been expected, was injured in the game and saw the Eagles chances of taking over sole possession of first place in the NFC East dashed without even scoring a touchdown. But his overall body of work would suggest that he is a steady, reliable and consistent performer who can get all aspects of an offense involved and execute a plan.
His most recent performance, against the Oakland Raiders, places him among NFL greatness in the record books and showed his uncanny ability to take advantage of a defense and run the high-octane Eagle offense the way it was meant to operate. In a single week, he was able to rejuvenate the Philadelphia faithful, re-establish himself as a true starter and force questions about the future to be shelved. If Foles continues to produce at the rate he did this past weekend, there is no possible way that Kelly could sit him down or even think about drafting another option. Foles holds his own fate, as well as that of this year’s team, in his weekly performance for the remainder of the season.
If he succeeds, so will the Eagles.