Why Eagles Fans Should Not Panic over Rough Nick Foles Start
Versus the Washington Redskins in Week 11, Foles went just 21-of-46 for 204 yards and threw two interceptions.
Philadelphia got bulldozed 31-6 and Foles was sacked four times while fumbling thrice—fortunately none of his fumbles were lost. And yes, it's incredibly difficult to foresee an immediately bright future for the Eagles.
So, let's break it down to light some optimism on Foles and the Eagles.
Nowhere to Go Except Up
This is the best and only reason to get excited for when a team is on a downward spiral.
Philadelphia has lost six consecutive games after beginning 3-1, and the offense has not scored more than 24 points in any game this season.
Of the previous four the Eagles have averaged fewer than 15 points per contest, and Foles was thrust into a dire situation. We simply can't expect a whole lot from the rookie right now, since he's being relied on in unfair circumstances.
Then again, Foles put on a decent showing versus the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. There, he finished with a 68.7 completion percentage despite a bad offensive line.
Offensive Line/Ground Game Woes
Against the Redskins Foles was sacked four times and hit a total of seven.
It doesn't matter how mobile one quarterback may be, even if that guy is Michael Vick, we've quickly come to realize the dangers of unreliable pass protection. As a result, the horrendous pass-blocking affects the rushing offense as well.
Philadelphia managed only 80 rushing yards against Washington, and the story only gets worse. According to the Eagles Insider Twitter feed:
Andy Reid: McCoy suffered concussion. Celek was hit in head, but test out okay.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) November 18, 2012
Therefore, what can we honestly anticipate from Nick Foles? Honestly, other than occasionally remaining upright in the pocket the rookie can only do so much.
On the bright side he did average 9.7 yards per completion against Washington. So the passing threat possesses potential for the remainder of 2012 and next fall.
How confident are you in Nick Foles (1=Least, 5=Most)
Outlook of 2013 Potential
Here, we must simply hope that Philadelphia's offensive line gets healthier and the team adds talented depth via the draft.
LeSean McCoy is a franchise ball-carrier, and allowing Foles to develop by working off the ground game is required. Vick is just not the answer under center, and it also wouldn't be surprising if Philly went in a new direction from Andy Reid.
Back in October, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reminded us:
Lurie said before this season that 8-8 again would not be acceptable. If we take him at his word, that means Reid needs to win six of his final nine games -- at least -- in order to save his job.
Fast forward to Week 11 of the 2012 season and the Eagles cannot finish .500. With tough games remaining against Dallas, Tampa, Bay, Cincinnati, Washington and the New York Giants, Philly will be fortunate to finish 5-11 or 4-12.
As long as Foles remains under center, though, the Eagles can quickly turns things around in 2013 through the draft and potentially with a new coach.
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