Nick Foles: Eagles Made the Right Call Naming Rookie Unquestioned Starter

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks for an open receiver under pressure from outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Whether Andy Reid is going to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 or not, this was the only call he could make (via The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane):

Reid: I'm going to name Nick Foles as starter for rest of the season.

— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) December 3, 2012

Foles hasn't been great since taking over for Michael Vick, completing 61 percent of his passes for 793 yards. He's thrown only two touchdown passes while turning the ball over four times—three interceptions, one lost fumble.

But the 23-year-old is showing signs of progress.

Over his last two games, Foles has completed 69 percent of his passes and not turned the ball over.

Sunday night, he played as well as he ever has against a Dallas defense that ranked ninth in the league against the pass entering the game, throwing for 251 yards and a touchdown without turning the ball over.

The Eagles selected Foles out of Arizona in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, so clearly they thought enough of his potential to spend an early pick on him. It was believed that he would be the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia, and that future may have already come. 

With Philly's season in shambles, the rookie passer needs as much experience against NFL defenses as he can get. After all, the team is already beginning what is believed to be a major overhaul, and getting a good look at Foles' abilities will help it make a more-informed decision as to who should be under center in 2013.

Starting Foles for the remainder of this year will not only enable him to adjust to the speed of the game, but it will also give him the opportunity to get comfortable with his teammates and their playing styles. Timing and rhythm are crucial in the NFL, and the next few games will be an important building block for the rookie.

With his coach's statement, he can now relax and won't have to look over his shoulder wondering when Vick is going to return to action and send him back to the bench.

He'll be allowed to go through his growing pains while nobody expects anything from the team, a luxury that most young signal-callers aren't afforded.

Sitting him on the bench so that Michael Vick can play would be pointless, especially when you consider that Vick's days in Philadelphia are likely coming to an end.

This was the decision that needed to be made.