Nick Foles: Highlighting QB's Strengths and How the Eagles Can Play to Them

Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 29, 2012

November 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during warmups prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
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For Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, his NFL career has gotten off to quite the inauspicious start. 

He has yet to pick up a win in the two-plus games in which he's appeared. 

His QB rating is 65.3, and he's tossed one touchdown to three interceptions. 

Really, Foles has simply followed the Eagles along their sorrow-filled 2012 campaign that has them at 3-8 heading into Week 13's action. 

With the oft-injured, 32-year-old Michael Vick nearly a $17 million cap hit in 2013, some believe Foles is the future in Philly, and based on what he's shown in some instances during his short tenure as the starter, the Eagles have an inherently talented quarterback on their roster with age on his side and vast potential. 

At 6'5'' and 243 pounds, Foles, a guy blessed with a huge arm, is built to be a pocket passer. 

Others who've come before him with similar size and stature have been extremely limited in terms of pocket mobility and general athleticism, but Foles, like many in his new-age wave of quarterbacks, isn't a statue or the second coming of Drew Bledsoe. 

That's important.

However, he won't elude a ton of pass-rushers or scramble for long touchdowns like Robert Griffin III and isn't as fine of an athlete as Andrew Luck—we all could have safely assumed that. 

Now, let's get into what his real strengths seem to be, how he's demonstrated them during game action and how the Eagles can play to those strengths in the future. 

The first screen shot comes during his relief appearance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. 

On the particular play highlighted, Foles gets little to no protection from right tackle King Dunlap—stunner, I know—but showed the savvy to fluidly step into up in the pocket. 

Though Brent Celek didn't run the most intricate route in the history of football, Foles' traditional, over-the-top and quick release delivered the ball on time and with ideal velocity. 

On a throw later in the game, notice how, when afforded time—something that has become a rarity for Philadelphia's quarterbacks this season—Foles can make throws that only a select few can make.

Uninhibited by rushers, the Arizona product zinged a laser between two defenders to Jeremy Maclin for a first down. 

If he isn't able to step forward to create momentum, his live arm allows him to snap the ball downfield, even from the far hash mark. 

Any team can build on that ability from its signal-caller. 

The last screen capture comes from his most recent start, a game against the Carolina Panthers in prime-time. 

He was much more comfortable in the pocket, even when pressure mounted, and threw a handful of passes that signal his immense upside. 

Though this 12-yard comeback route to Maclin is a staple in essentially every playbook, Foles' courage to stand in, plant his feet and fire a bullet with pinpoint accuracy at the perfect time should be encouraging for Eagles fans everywhere. 

Foles was basically thrown to the wolves when he filled in for Michael Vick playing behind an offensive line in absolute shambles that can't block anyone. 

In a system that prominently features the running game and implements a variety of play-action passes—bootlegs included—Foles could flourish and became Philadelphia's franchise quarterback.