Ok, so it’s been two starts for Nick Foles, and he’s done what?
Since there is a lot of faith in him, I’ll get right to the point and discuss why he should not be on the field for the Philadelphia Eagles ever again.
When you start to play football, whether it’s organized at the pee-wee level or it’s on a lot somewhere in your neighborhood, one of the first things you learn when you’re playing defense is to watch the quarterback’s head and his eyes so you can anticipate where the ball will go. If you can do this correctly, you are much more likely to break up a play or intercept the ball.
If you aren’t instructed to do so, then you pick up on it. Even if you’re watching the games and you’ve never touched a football, this is something you can understand almost immediately.
Professional quarterbacks understand that defensive players do this. So, to hinder an opponent’s ability to anticipate where the ball will be thrown, professional quarterbacks use their heads and eyes to deceive their opponents.
A good demonstration of this can be seen via Cam Newton’s touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell, in which he led Kurt Coleman away from the middle of the field with his eyes. LeFell used that space to get open and catch an easy touchdown.
How many times did Nick Foles stare down his receivers and then throw the ball to them that was incomplete or almost intercepted? This is a fundamental flaw that makes you wonder how he even got to the NFL.
How many times did Nick Foles try to force balls into impossible holes? This is a flaw in logic and instinct that will make you crazy if you don’t just accept it. There’s no explanation other than the fact that Nick Foles isn’t an NFL quarterback.
If he does manage to stay in the NFL, Nick Foles will be turnover prone and unable to adjust. These are flaws that matter. They shouldn’t be there.
The truth is that there are hardly any people in the world who can successfully deceive defenses and make the right decision with the ball in their hands, and that’s why they are NFL quarterbacks. These guys have a fundamental understanding of the game of football that they have exhibited since before they turned pro.
It is insane to think Nick Foles is the future of the Philadelphia Eagles. How in the world can one think all of these things can be fixed?
Can this man one day lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl? No. So why have him around?
During the offseason, the Eagles need to acquire a veteran stopgap quarterback like Alex Smith or Matt Hasslebeck until they can find the future of their organization.
Are we so desperate as a fanbase that we are willing to deceive ourselves into qualifying intangible things like poise and saying we see it in Foles? Furthermore, are we saying that this poise will help him become a great quarterback?
Are we going to say that since Foles is a big quarterback, he will one day be great? There are a lot of big quarterbacks who aren’t any good.
Are we going to say Andy Reid is an excellent evaluator of quarterbacks, and because of that Nick Foles will be good? If that’s the case, who are these quarterbacks and where are they?
Foles is number one because the most important player on the field is the quarterback. Given the incredible amount of ineptitude he's shown thus far, he's not going to be capable enough to be that most important guy.
Just because he hasn't done the amount of damage as the others on this list have doesn't mean he won't in the future. It's time to see things for what they are, and Foles isn't the guy.