MOST of the talk this month has centered on getting a Safety or two (Jairus Byrd and/or T.J. Ward specifically). Then it’s whether to draft [Dee Ford] or [Kyle Van Noy], or some other prospect. And of course, who and who not to re-sign.
Lost in all that is that this year the Eagles are getting Nick Foles one of the nicest gifts he could ever get: A new back-up QB.
The new back-up says to Foles: There is no chance in going back. The spot is yours. The old king is not looking over your shoulder, saying all the right things, but still hoping for his chance again.
Now when Foles looks into the stands and sees #7 jerseys, he’ll know it’s just a shirt, not a show of support for his rival. It’s his team, his crowd, his stadium. He’s only missing one thing.
Foles needs “his own car”.
Foles needs a signature weapon. DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and LeSean McCoy all cut their teeth as starters under Donovan McNabb, all of which were inherited by
Kevin Kolb, and then Michael Vick, and now Nick Foles. Riley Cooper was also a hand-me-down, albeit only slightly soiled.
Every one of Foles major components was brought in for another system, under another coach. While it’s true that Zach Ertz looks to have a bright future, today he’s #2 on the Depth Chart, behind another McNabb era starter in Brent Celek.
They should go out and get Foles a weapon that makes him light up when he sees the prospect on tape. The sort of player that Foles can and grow old with.
To this point Foles has done a pretty good job working with borrowed tools. If he’s going to be the starter, the Eagles owe it to him that he have an opportunity to play with someone who he feels suits his skills, and instincts.