ONE -EIGHTH of the season is in the books and we’re 2-0. However what’s funny is that many fans aren’t praising Nick Foles; they’re actually sort of blaming him for our 2-0 team’s offensive woes.
This last offseason a war raged between the Foles cheering section, and those who were skeptical of him. In the middle were people like me, who didn’t think we knew enough or had seen enough, and that we’d take all 16 games to make up our minds about him.
That’s where I still am. These first 2 games are not 16 games. I wouldn’t be crowning him king if he’d thrown for 800 yards, 10 TD’s and no picks; and I won’t condemn him for how he’s played thus far.
To tell the truth, Foles’ play has so far justified EVERY ounce of skepticism that he’s gotten in 2014. At times he’s looked downright awful, but for the most part he’s been rather pedestrian, and has looked very much like the 3rd round project that Andy Reid drafted him as.
When I say that, I don’t just mean his 58.5% completion rate (which personally I don’t think is a problem, but fans on both sides of the debate made 60% their minimum for acceptability, so I’ll use their benchmark). I also don’t mean his 3:2 touchdown to interception ratio.
You can look at his numbers and not see anything alarming in them. What those numbers don’t tell you, is that he’s holding the ball too long. They don’t tell you, that when flustered his ball security becomes suspect. They don’t tell you, that out of 48 completions only 14 belong to his starting WR’s. They don’t tell you, just how badly his ball placement has deteriorated. They don’t tell you, that he’s stunk bad enough to peel paint in the first half of games so far; or that while he’s been better in 2nd halves, he’s hardly been stellar.
Over these last 2 weeks I’ve seen many of people say they had supported him, but then call for him to be benched. Foles was told “Just be ready for the boos” by former EAGLES QB Donovan McNabb. While lots of fans dismissed what McNabb said as sour grapes, many of those same people did boo Foles or call for his back-up in Week One. WEEK ONE.
If his supporters will bail on him that fast, you have to wonder how soon a verdict of “Fluke”, “One Year Wonder”, or “Flash In the Pan” will be entered against Foles.
Me? I still need to see 14 more games.