Is Nick Foles the Next Philadelphia Eagles Franchise Quarterback?
Andy Reid knows quarterbacks.
Say what you want about the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, but his track record of developing talented signal callers into franchise players is second to none. From Brett Favre to Michael Vick, many quarterbacks that Andy Reid has worked with have gone on to have huge success in their NFL careers. After taking Nick Foles in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Eagles fans are now wondering if Nick Foles is going to be the next name on that list.
Standing at 6'5", weighing 245 pounds, and running a very pedestrian 5.14 40 yard dash, Foles doesn't exactly fit the mold of Reid's usual style of smaller, mobile quarterbacks. That's not to say he doesn't have what it takes to succeed in Reid's system His lightning quick release, strong arm, and deadly accuracy in the short passing game are a perfect fit for the Eagles' West Coast Offense.
Foles is not without his flaws, however. His footwork and mechanics have taken a lot of criticism, and his lack of field vision and inability to read defenses will doom his promising career if he doesn't improve. Michael Vick had the same issues with his game when he first joined the Eagles in 2009, but after a year on the bench working with Andy Reid, he showed major improvement and became a much more complete passer.
If Foles is willing to put in the work that Vick did during his first year with the team, he could start pushing Vick as early as next season.
It is impossible to tell whether Nick Foles is a franchise quarterback or not right now. He is definitely in a position where he will have every opportunity to succeed. He will be able to work with one of the best quarterback gurus in the NFL today, play behind a solid veteran in Michael Vick, and have the opportunity to inherit one of the most well put together offenses in the NFL. Foles has the talent, the mentality, and the perfect situation to become one of the best quarterbacks in the game. At the end of the day, it's on him to make it happen.
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