Philadelphia Eagles: Three Reasons Why You Should Trust Nick Foles

When the news came out that Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Carson Wentz will be out for the rest of the season, the season now rests in the hands of backup Nick Foles. It may not good, but it really could be a lot worse. Here are three reasons you should be optimistic about Foles’ return to the starting lineup:

1. Foles Has Won In Philadelphia Before

In 2013, Chip Kelly took over as Eagles head coach to replace Andy Reid. They had lost receiver Jeremy Maclin to a torn ACL before the season started. Incumbent quarterback Michael Vick was injured in season, and Foles replaced him. He would start 11 of Philadelphia’s final 12 games, and the Eagles finished the year 10-6 with Foles at the helm, winning the NFC East. He would throw 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions and was in complete control of the offense. At the time, it appeared they had stumbled across a long-term answer at quarterback going forward.

2. His Stats Are Not Bad At All

When you take out the one season he played for “quarterback killer” Jeff Fisher in St. Louis (now Los Angeles), Foles’ numbers are very respectable. His completion percentage stands at 61.9%. He has a yards/attempt average of 7.5. He has thrown 49 touchdowns against only 17 interceptions. Lastly, his quarterback rating is 94.7. It is understandable that the magic wore off after teams figured out Chip Kelly’s offense, but the numbers are not poor by any stretch.

3. Doug Pederson Can Hide Foles’ Weaknesses

Foles is playing in a scheme that employs a lot of the same passing concepts that Chip Kelly used during Foles’ remarkable 2013 season. Also, this is his second year in this system, having played under Doug Pederson’s mentor, Andy Reid, in Kansas City last year. Foles played well in relief of Alex Smith in this same scheme. At the very least, he’ll be comfortable. However, throughout his career, Foles’ biggest weakness is the inability to handle pressure. Lucky for him, the Eagles’ offensive line has been good at preventing pressure this season. This is even after their best lineman, Jason Peters, went down for the season with a knee injury. If the offensive line can give Foles clean pockets to throw from, he should play well. They can also lean on the running game, with a three-pronged attack of LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, and Corey Clement to wear down defenses.

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