Michael Vick and Nick Foles entered Eagles Training Camp this year to compete for the starting quarterback position. Although it seemed like both quarterbacks struggled to pick up the new system at first, Vick began to pull away from Foles and won the job. This could potentially be Foles’ opportunity to get some revenge.
During the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Giants. Vick pulled up limping after a making a play with his legs and running out of bounds. He would leave the game shortly after and not return for the rest of the contest. In his absence, Foles took over the offense and was able to lead the Eagles to a victory with a little help from the defense.
As the Eagles begin to look ahead to a match-up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it looks like they will have to do so without Vick. Instead, Foles will get his first start of the year while Vick is given time to rest his leg. This start could serve as more then just a stop gap for Vick’s return. When asked about the possibility of Foles winning the starting job with a strong performance, Chip Kelly responded, “If he plays well? Yeah, there’s always open competition.” Kelly’s statement comes with no guarantees but it’s interesting to see his perspective on the topic.
With Foles at the helm, Chip also clarified that there would be no change in the preparation, stating “We do the same things offensively with Nick that we did with Mike, so we didn’t have to deviate much from anything in terms of what we’re doing, and I think that’s the beauty of those guys.”
So will Foles step up and make the most of this opportunity or will he struggle to execute Chip’s high octane offense. His recent performance indicates that their could be a stir next week as to who the starting quarterback should be. I was pretty impressed with what I saw out of Foles against the Giants.
He got off to a slow start but turned things on in the fourth quarter and finished with 197 yards passing and two touchdowns while completing 64% of his passes. His mobility is nothing compared to Vick’s, but I thought he did a good job of moving outside of the pocket and making plays while on the move. He made good decisions and was able to deliver the ball with accuracy.
Although the Bucs are yet to win a game, their defense really isn’t that bad. They have a lot of talent in their secondary with Darrelle Revis and rookie Johnthan Banks at the corners with Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson as the safeties. They are in the top 15 in pass yards allowed and the top 10 in rushing yards allowed. They’ve only given up more than 20 points once so far and that was to the Patriots in Week Three.
This is the type of stage that Foles can step up to and really show what he’s made of. If he leads the Eagles to a victory on Sunday, people may think less of it because the team hasn’t won a game yet. However, Foles will have to prove himself against a defense that is flying under the radar.
At the same time, a loss on Sunday may be intensified in a negative light for Foles. It’s always a challenge for a backup to step in and lead the team. Foles will have a little extra pressure come Sunday. Let’s see how he handles it.