Eagles head coach Chip Kelly just named Nick Foles the starter on Sunday. Hopefully we’ll see the Foles who played against the Buccaneers and not the one who played against the Cowboys. We all have to accept the fact that Foles, Michael Vick and Matt Barkley are all really backup quarterbacks. There’s no question now, that Chip Kelly and the Eagles organization will need to use a first round draft pick on a quarterback in this year’s draft.
They find themselves in second place in the division at the half-way point of the season at 3-5. They will try to win five of their remaining eight games to win the NFC East because I think 8-8 will be good enough for the crown. Unfortunately for the Birds, they’ll have to do it with three backup quarterbacks.
Foles split the first team snaps with Barkley, yesterday at practice and he will start on Sunday. He probably gives the Birds the best chance to win, as long as that guy who played against the Cowboys doesn’t show up. The young second-year signal caller is able to execute the offense most of the time and he can make all the throws, but that Cowboys game puts a big question mark in everybody’s mind.
The Raiders won’t have to worry about the the Eagles running any read options with Foles at the quarterback position. If they can handle the inside and outside zone plays, then they’ll be able to keep the Birds number one weapon, LeSean McCoy under wraps. If the Birds try to run the read option, which they will probably shelve for this game, Oakland will know to tackle McCoy on all fakes and dare Foles to beat them with his speed.
The fact that he can’t run the entire offense makes him a backup. It doesn’t make any sense to have a starting quarterback who can’t run the entire offense.
Vick can’t be a starting quarterback ever again because he can’t stay healthy. He’s more fragile now than he was ever was before. In the past, Vick had to at least be hit to get injured. Now he doesn’t even need to get hit. He breaks down when running downfield. One of the prerequisites for being a starting quarterback in the NFL is staying healthy enough to show up every week. Vick has proven he can’t do that. He’s now just breaking down. The hamstring injury isn’t the kind of injury we thought would sideline him. missing games because of his age.
After this year, Vick should go to a team in the league that’s willing to pay him to back up. Who knows maybe Reid puts him behind Alex Smith because Vick is capable of taking over for a game or two and beating any team in the league.
Foles fits the offense better than Barkley. I don’t understand why Barkley is even on the team. He’s got a weak arm and I don’t think he has a body that can take the pounding required of quarterbacks in the NFL. Like Foles, Barkley can’t run all of Kelly’s offense. If Andy Reid had drafted Barkley to run his west coast offense, I would have understood. You don’t need a strong arm or foot speed to run the west coast offense, but you need both to execute all of Kelly’s attack. Barkley is not the type of quarterback who will flourish in Kelly’s offense.
We don’t need all this crying by the media and Barkley about how he didn’t practice the play in the Giants game, which he fumbled. I think it’s a matter of making a big deal out of nothing, when reporters are crying over whether Barkley practiced the play or not. I can’t stand all this crying. Foles didn’t have a problem getting up off the bench and getting in there and doing his job against the Giants in the first meeting.
There’s no crying in baseball and there’s no crying in football, either. When has anybody ever asked each player on the team whether they practiced a play in which they messed up? It doesn’t matter whether you practiced the play or not, you’re supposed to do your job. If he didn’t feel confident about executing the play, he should have stayed after practice and worked on it.
The only hope for the Eagles in making this year’s playoffs will be for the team’s running game to step up. The passing game will continue to struggle as long as they get up in the faces of the Eagles receivers and force them to beat the man-to-man coverages.