LESEAN McCoy thinks that 2014 will be the year that Nick Foles will shut all of his critics up and establish himself once and for all as “Yeah, I’m Nick Foles. I’m Philadelphia’s quarterback. I’m the guy”. The words “the guy” are McCoy’s, they aren’t mine. I think that’s the problem though. Almost everyone sees Foles as “the guy” not “The Franchise”.
I’ve been poking around different football markets since January, and aside from Eagles fans, the percentage of NFL fans who see Foles as a Top 10 QB is staggeringly, soberingly low. While some have fallen in love with his TD to Int ratio of 27:2, there are those out there who think his “numbers are more impressive than his game tape“.
Fans, the media, other GM’s, everybody has an opinion. However, only one opinion counts, and that opinion belongs to Chip Kelly. For his part, Kelly did say about Foles, “He’s the starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years here”.
That’s about as rock-solid an endorsement as a Head Coach can give a player, and that would have been that…but then Kelly immediately paints himself a backdoor by saying “Yeah, you hope [Nick Foles is the quarterback of the future], but− and I don’t mean to be coy, I always say this −is that, you can say that whomever it is, is your player of the future and then next week they get hurt.”
Through that backdoor, many fans (myself included), are half expecting to see Oregon QB (and you know Kelly loves his Ducks) Marcus Mariota make an entrance onto the roster and into the lives of Eagles fans. There is much debate on the subject anytime anyone brings it up; as some Eagles fans are sold on Foles being able to run this system, and others don’t think the system we run is the one Kelly really wants to run. I’m in camp #2.
There is some writing on the wall that indicates that what we’ll run , and how we run it next year will be different from this year. I know. I can hear you already “BEAST, how can you know about 2015 if you haven’t seen 2014 yet!?”
March 2nd ; who brought you this story 4 hours before NFL.com?
March 23rd; who brought you this story 2 days before CSN’s Rueben Frank?
March 18th; who brought you this story almost 4 months before Ron Jaworski would confirm it?
That’s three major scoops on a website less than 6 months old. So I’ve more than earned your trust on this one. But you know what? I go you one better and discuss the writing on the wall that I’m talking about (since I’m actually compiling research as I write this).
But not today. This article is already long enough.