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To say that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was a surprise last year is an understatement.
After all, as statistical probabilities go, throwing 27 touchdowns against only two interceptions ranks somewhere between "Cleveland Browns win the Super Bowl" and "Sarah Palin is elected President."
Still, Foles did exactly that in leading the Eagles to the NFC East title in 2013, and that performance has ratcheted up expectations for the third-year pro entering this season.
In the opinion of Jeff McClane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, those expectations may have been dialed up just a bit too far:
His success this coming season should not be taken for granted. He has obvious talent, but as Kelly likes to say when asked which area he would like to see his quarterback improve in, Foles has room to grow in each department. He’s been good in camp. Not great.
Now, before the pitchforks and torches come out, McLane also said he isn't overly concerned about Foles:
I think Foles is going to have another strong season, barring injury, of course. Will he match last season’s 27-2 touchdown-interception ratio? Probably not. But there’s no reason to think he can’t be as successful with a full offseason as the starter.
In essence, this is essentially just a reminder that, if Foles throws as many interceptions in the first half of Week 1 as he did in all of 2013, it does not necessarily mean the sky is falling; any more than one good year from Foles makes him destined for greatness.