Nick Foles Is Andy Reid's Last Hope to Save His Job

Cody Swartz@cbswartz5Senior Writer INovember 12, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes the ball as  Jay Ratliff #90 of the Dallas Cowboys defends on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-23.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles will start rookie third-round pick Nick Foles at quarterback on Sunday. 

Michael Vick was sidelined with a concussion in yesterday’s 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and he has not been medically cleared to play.

Foles will become the first Eagles rookie quarterback to start a game since Donovan McNabb in 1999. Foles, a graduate of Arizona State University, will become the first player from his college to start an NFL game at quarterback since 1973.

Foles completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss. He also lost a fumble that was scooped up for a touchdown by the Cowboys.

Foles did throw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin to give the Eagles a 17-10 lead over the Cowboys. The Cowboys then scored on a punt return touchdown and a pair of defensive touchdowns to put the game away.

Foles wasn’t sacked behind the Eagles’ awful offensive line until there were just three minutes remaining in the game.

He made some terrific decisions, like the long touchdown pass to Maclin on a beautifully thrown pass. And he made some extremely poor decisions, like the play in which Foles rolled to his right and threw a pass up for grabs in the middle of the field. Somehow Maclin managed to come down with the ball, preventing an interception.

Foles will oppose Robert Griffin III in a battle of rookie quarterbacks. Griffin has the Redskins at 3-6, and the loser of next Sunday’s contest will move into sole possession of last place in the NFC East.

How Foles fares in Sunday’s game could ultimately determine Reid’s future in Philly. He does get the benefit of going up against an awful pass defense surrendering a 95.4 passer rating and a league-worst 2.2 passing touchdowns per game.

If Foles leads the Eagles to several wins and shows enough promise, Reid will campaign to stay in Philly because of the promise of Foles.

If Foles struggles, Reid doesn’t have much of an argument to come back in 2013. The Eagles aren’t going to make the playoffs barring a miracle, and two straight .500 or worse seasons won’t save Reid.

The odds don't look good for Reid, once considered a quarterback guru. He was never able to revive the career of Vick like he himself thought he could. He missed with Kevin Kolb. And his project plan, Mike Kafka, is now out of the NFL.

Maybe Foles will be different, but it will likely be without Reid.