UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 4:57 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald
Sure enough, it looks as though the Eagles are going to move forward with Nick Foles under center at least for Week 11. ESPN's news services reports the latest:
Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles will start against the Washington Redskins next Sunday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, after Michael Vick was diagnosed with what coach Andy Reid called a "pretty significant concussion."
The odds are stacked pretty heavily against the rookie third-round QB out of Arizona. But a favorable matchup against the Redskins' secondary on Sunday may lead to a surprisingly stellar first NFL start despite being on the road against a division rival.
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The Eagles quarterback suffered a concussion in the team’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and was replaced by rookie Nick Foles. Now, Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole has reported the belief that head coach Andy Reid “will use the development of Foles as a springboard to keep his job as the Eagles' coach.”
Cole quoted an unnamed source, who said:
I'm 99 percent sure that's exactly what you're going to see happen. Andy is going to go to [owner] Jeff [Lurie] and [general manager] Howie [Roseman] and say, "Let's go with Foles and make the transition to the next era."
Foles was a third-round pick out of Arizona in this year’s draft, and Reid has a reputation for being able to develop young quarterbacks into productive players. However, the team's poor start to this season and its disappointing result last year has called the longtime coach's future with the Eagles into question.
There was a significant amount of speculation that Reid would bench Vick in favor of the rookie earlier in the season. Vick has completed just 58.5 percent of his passes while throwing 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has also lost five fumbles this year.
Eagles coach Andy Reid on Vick: "Michael, obviously, has a concussion. A pretty significant concussion. He was a little foggy last night."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2012
When Foles stepped in for Vick, he went 22-of-32 for 219 yards and a touchdown. He, too, struggled with turnovers, throwing one interception and losing a fumble, with both giveaways being returned for touchdowns by the Cowboys.
Neither quarterback can be fully blamed for all the turnovers, as the Eagles offensive line has been extremely disappointing this season. Whichever player takes over the starting job this season will be under constant pressure.
The Eagles dropped to 3-6 after losing to Dallas, and this season is looking more like a lost cause each week. Looking to the future may be Philadelphia’s best option at this point in its campaign.
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