Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Foles’ Development Means Team Will Stay on Top of NFC East For A Long Time

By Mike Gibson
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Going into the season, there were a couple of assumptions about the Philadelphia Eagles.

One, Chip Kelly would have some growing pains and, two, the team was probably not good enough to win the NFC East. Kelly and the team proved both assumptions to be wrong after the Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys, 24-22, to win the division on Sunday night.

Now it could be time to disabuse people of a third notion: That Nick Foles is not a Franchise quarterback. As recently as midway through the season, the focal point of Philadelphia talk radio was that Foles was a career NFL backup, not someone Kelly wanted to build his offense around. The thinking process was that Kelly preferred a running quarterback, like the ones he had while an extremely successful head coach at the University of Oregon, and that the first pick in the draft would be reserved for one of the five talented college quarterbacks who fit that profile.

Now, the Eagles can use that draft pick to help their defense, perhaps getting a shutdown free safety or a shutdown cornerback. If that’s the shift of focus, the Eagles can find themselves at the top of the NFC East for a long time because the competition is in such disarray.

The Washington Redskins are about to fire a head coach, the New York Giants’ head coach is pushing 70 years old and the owner Jerry Jones cannot seem to get out of his own team’s way. The one team with stability is looking like the Eagles and because Foles is the baby face of that stability, the Eagles could remain at the top for a long, long time.

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