2014 Pro Bowl: Nick Foles Left Off Roster, Hard to Call Snub
You could argue that no quarterback in the NFL has been as impressive this season as Nick Foles has been taking snaps for the Philadelphia Eagles. After starting the year as the backup to Michael Vick, Foles eventually took over starting job and has been an absolute monster. However, he was left off of the Pro Bowl roster, which was announced on Friday.
Adopting a new format this season where the Pro Bowlers will be drafted to two teams rather than dividing the teams by conference, the six quarterbacks selected were Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Phillip Rivers.
Foles’ numbers alone have been remarkable. Playing in 12 games and starting in only nine this season, Foles has thrown for 2,628 yards and has completed 63.9 percent of his passes. Moreover, Foles has a ridiculous touchdown-to-interception ratio of 25-2 this season.
While Foles’ numbers certainly merit a Pro Bowl selection on their own, it’s hard to really look at him as a snub from the roster. Sure, he’s thrown for as many touchdowns as Wilson has in six fewer starts and yes he leads the NFL in passer rating at 118.8, but the fact that Foles started just nine games this season is what him not being voted in really boils down to.
Considering that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said earlier in the year that Foles would be the starter in Philly for “the next 1,000 years,” we are more than likely going to see him back under center for the Eagles next season. If he’s able to perform at the level that he has this season and have as much success as he has as a starter so far, it’s hard to imagine him not being in the Pro Bowl next year. As for now, though, it’s hard to call Foles a snub even with what he’s done. Perhaps this is personal to just me, but having a full body of work and starting more than nine games matters in this type of situation.