The Nick Foles Era Begins

Posted: November 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

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That’s it. It’s over. 

The Michael Vick era in Philadelphia has mercifully come to an end. The enigmatic signal-caller suffered a concussion in the team’s 38-23 defeat on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys. In his place, rookie Nick Foles showed glimpses of brilliance scattered between moments of inexperience. His final numbers, 22/32, 219 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, were impressive for a rookie QB in his first NFL action. With a week of first team snaps, what can the Eagles do to ensure Foles’ success this weekend against the rival Washington Redskins? 

1. Protect the kid (max protect if needed).

It’s widely documented that the Eagles have been crushed by injuries to their offensive line this season. Four of their five expected starters are out (Jason Peters, Todd Herremanns, Jason Kelce, and Danny Watson). Michael Vick was a rag doll most of the season behind the cast of characters the Eagles currently employ to protect him. The good news is, Foles should get the ball out quicker than Vick. He should have an easier time finding receivers down field as well at 6’5″.

Unfortunately, he’s still a rookie. Foles showed last week that he can get a little too comfortable in the pocket. The Redskins’ defense is rife with injuries, as well. But, even mediocre pass rushers can have success against the penalty-prone duo of Demetress Bell and King Dunlap as the New Orleans Saints proved last Monday. Luckily for the Eagles and Foles, the Redskins have the 30th ranked pass defense. 

2. Run the football.

The Eagles win when LeSean McCoy touches the football. It’s not opinion, it’s fact. The Eagles are 3-0 when McCoy rushes more than 20 times in a game. They’re 0-6 when he doesn’t. I don’t understand why Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg are so averse to utilizing their All-Pro RB. I thought it was to keep him fresh for later in the year. But, the time for attrition has come and gone. If the Eagles hope to win any games for the rest of the season, they need to give the ball to their shifty star. It’s even more pressing now that a rookie QB is under center. If McCoy has success against a defense, it will open up the airspace for Foles and the passing game. 

3. Win the turnover battle.

The Eagles have accomplished this feat only one time this year; in their week four victory over the Giants. That was one of only two games that they did not turn the ball over at all. The turnovers have been a problem ever since Donovan McNabb left. Foles himself almost turned the ball over three times (mercifully, he only surrendered one that was returned for a touchdown). 

An even larger problem is the defense’s inability to force turnovers. Four times this year, they have had zero takeaways. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The playmakers that the team had in the past on defense are gone. If the Eagles hope to get back to respectability, they’ll need someone to step up down the stretch.

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