It’s going to be hard not to see everything Nick Foles will do. He will be the subject of a lot of discussion, scrutiny and praise regardless of how he performs.
There is a lot of hype around Foles because of the way he performed in the preseason, his size and the “poise” that many have said he’s shown.
However, there have been many big, calm quarterbacks who have failed in the NFL.
It’s unwise to give up on Foles or condemn him because of the small sample we’ve seen. However, it’s also unwise to invest a lot of faith in him for the same reasons, as well as the fact that he was a third-round draft pick, he gave the ball up several times in his debut and his offensive line isn’t very good.
It’s interesting that Foles was named the team’s second-string QB and is now seeing the field. After all, Andy Reid wouldn’t start Donovan McNabb when he was a rookie because he didn’t want to ruin him.
This is a different situation, though. For anyone who thinks Reid isn’t at risk to lose his job, remember the Donovan situation. McNabb was probably the best quarterback on the team, but Reid wanted him to develop. In this case, he's throwing Foles out there.
Let’s see if Foles can throw a few touchdown passes when the receivers aren’t wide open. Let’s see if Foles can turn the ball over less than three or four times.
All of the hype around Foles may or may not be warranted. However, perhaps the best thing about him that no one is talking about is how tough he is. He was leveled against the Cowboys, and he got up right away.
Toughness can’t be taught or developed. It looks like Foles may have the essential raw skills to develop moving forward, as rough as they may be, but toughness is essential.
It’s exciting to see a new quarterback. Let’s hope he lives up to expectations.