Nick Foles: When Will the Philadelphia Eagles Turn to Him?

Yueh HoCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30:  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes during their preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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There was speculation that Michael Vick was on the hot seat after turning the ball over nine times in just three games. But Vick showed what he is capable of if he plays smart football and limits turnovers.

He did not throw a single interception against the Giants and did not fumble the football.

The result was an Eagles win, a 3-1 record to start the season and a temporary quieting of the calls for Nick Foles.

But what will become of Foles? Foles had a sensational preseason, showing off his incredible arm strength and his ability to make big plays. He threw the ball with both velocity and accuracy in every game he played in. But what was most impressive about Foles was the poise and confidence he showed out there. He looked comfortable in the pocket and that mentality is something that cannot be taught or trained. 

Clearly, Foles is the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia. He has the arm strength to succeed in this offense, showing off his cannon arm multiple times in the preseason. But how soon will the Eagles turn to Foles?

Will the Eagles consider starting Foles if Vick continues to struggle this season?

More than likely they wouldn't unless Vick truly played abysmally, such as throwing two or more picks per game from now on.

While Foles looks like a promising young player, he still lacks the experience to consistently win games. One of the biggest criticisms of the Eagles' decision to select Foles in the 2012 NFL draft was his lack of mobility. It would be wrong to say that Vick has played great, but Vick has also had to deal with an incredibly porous offensive line, including left tackle play that was seemingly non-existent at times.


Luckily, Vick is one of the most mobile quarterbacks in NFL history. He can still evade pressure and buy time with his legs when his O-line fails him. Foles would not have that luxury.

Perhaps Foles would release the ball faster, which is a common criticism of Vick's play. But as an inexperienced rookie, that could be a recipe for disaster.

Without full knowledge of the system and the coverages of opponents, Foles could be more easily confused and throw into traffic. This is especially possible when we consider that Foles is not known as a precise passer.  He is more known for his cannon arm. This very problem is currently happening with Cleveland's starting quarterback, Brandon Weeden.

So what will the Eagles do with Foles?

Foles has the potential to be a great player someday. With the right coaching staff to develop him, combined with the offensive talent on the roster, Foles has the potential to possibly exceed both Vick and Donovan McNabb. But he must first be developed.

Andy Reid likes to develop young quarterbacks and then trade them for high draft picks, which he did with A.J. Feely and Kevin Kolb. But Foles is most likely here to stay.

The Eagles have shown plenty of confidence in Vick, as evidenced by the huge contract they offered him a season ago, but the Eagles are also a practical organization.

They know that even if Vick plays like an MVP for the rest of the season, he will not be around forever. He is a 32-year-old veteran with an injury-prone history. The Eagles will eventually deal him, even if it means losing him a season too early.

Just like McNabb, the Eagles will trade Vick when they can still get good value for him.

Depending on how Vick plays for the rest of the season, Foles could potentially be ready to take the reigns as early as next season, needing at least a season to grasp the system. He should be the starter within two or three seasons, however.

But not right now. 

Currently, Vick clearly gives this Eagles team the best chance to win and turning to Foles would be the first step in a rebuilding process.