5 Reasons Why Nick Foles Is The Next Elite Quaterback

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5 Reasons Why Nick Foles Is The Next Elite Quaterback

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Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

What happens when you become the buzz of your entire sport? How do you deal with the media, fans and your teammates when they start to look at you differently?

Nick Foles has now reached that level, and after two stellar games back to back he is not only the toast of Philadelphia but of the entire NFL. People are rushing to pick him up off the waiver-wires on fantasy leagues. Sports commentators are going over his mechanics with a fine tooth comb. Defensive coaches are working on schemes to limit his impact in games. Things have surely changed for this Philadelphia Eagles backup.

Foles has passed for 1,256 yards, 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions in roughly four games. Michael Vick started the season as the Eagles starting quarterback, but a string of injuries have benched him indefinitely. Foles replaced Vick and has done a better job in the passing game. He is not as fluid of a runner as Vick, but he has better pocket command, which fits Chip Kelly's offense. He has the Eagles sitting in first place tied with the Dallas Cowboys going into Week 11. Eagles fans love Vick because he persevered through tough times personally, and the city of Philadelphia has embraced him as their own. But sports are a fickle fan affair; they will love you one minute and boo you the next. Foles is the underdog and the fans in Philadelphia love nothing more than to root for the kid with no chance to succeed -- remember this is the city where Rocky is from.

The main question is: “Can Foles keep this hot streak going or will he succumb to the pressure and fade out?” I believe he is the real deal and I have proof to show you why Foles will be the next elite quarterback in the NFL.

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5. The Running Game

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LeSean McCoy averages five yards a carry and 98 yards rushing per game. With quite possibly the best back in the NFL Foles will see the line stacked to stop the run, but he will also get cover two and a lot of man coverages for his receivers and tight ends. The running game is explosive, and it takes some of the pressure off Foles' shoulders. This is a luxury many quarterbacks wish they had, and Foles has a clear advantage over many of the elite quarterbacks now.

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4. The Receivers

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This group can flat out move the chains or blow right past them. Both DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper average over 15 yards per catch. Zach Ertz and Brent Celek as tight ends average over 13 yards per catch. Whenever the ball is thrown and caught it's an automatic first down taking away second-and-long, third-and-long, and so forth. With Vick running the offense the receivers were asked to do a lot of blocking in the read-option offense. With Foles at the helm they get to sprint down-field and make amazing plays.

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3. The Schedule

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The Eagles are through with their toughest part of their schedule. Their remaining games don't feature a defense that is capable of stopping their aerial attack. The Arizona Cardinals pose their toughest challenge giving up 244 yards per game through the air. If Foles can stay as hot as he is right now he can put up Peyton Manning first-half numbers.

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2. The System

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No matter his team's record, this man is an offensive guru. Chip Kelly puts his quarterbacks in positions to have monster games and career-making years. Kelly needs to come out and anoint Foles as his full-time starter. We all thought the offense would go downhill once the read-option was scratched when Vick went down, but Kelly proved to have a few tricks up his sleeve. He has made Foles the gunslinger every NFL team craves.

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1. The Quarterback

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Maybe not being named the starter is what is driving Foles. We all look for that extra incentive to drive ourselves, and with Kelly saying Vick might take the starter role back once healthy this is all Foles needs to push Vick out of town. His mechanics are flawless, he reads defenses well and hits his receivers in stride. Some quarterbacks do not respond well to criticism and competition (Mark Sanchez) while others thrive in the moment like Foles has. You can look in his eyes and see the hunger, desire and determination he has to succeed. Some quarterbacks are handed the starting position and take it for granted, but Foles had to work hard for it and now he doesn’t seem to want to part with it. That is how you become an elite quarterback in this league.


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