By Courtney Boslough
This football season for the Philadelphia Eagles has been a struggle, and rightfully so. The coaching staff has been atrocious, with Andy Reid firing a different member of his constituency every week in effort to place the blame on someone rather than himself.
The amount of injuries the team has dealt with has been painful for not only the players, but the fans as well. Losing big name players to concussions and sprains such as Michael Vick, Lesean McCoy, Desean Jackson, Brent Celek, Nnamdi Asomugha, and Jason Kelce has hurt the team in a significant way and contributed to the eight game losing streak the Eagles faced this season.
However, one player in particular has stepped up and just may be the answer to the Eagles’ prayers. This man is Nick Foles, a rookie quarterback drafted third round from the University of Arizona in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In the December 9th game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles had his first victory as a starting quarterback, 23-21. He completed 32 of 51 passes for 381 yards and threw two touchdowns with having a rushing touchdown himself and set the Eagles’ single game rookie passing records for completions and yards after completion.
However, a short schedule this week means a short victory for the team. They continued practice Monday morning and afternoon in preparation for the Thursday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Philadelphia.
|“They don’t happen a whole lot, but when they do there is something very special. It’s a great feeling for the team. I think the big thing is, it’s a great thing for the team sticking together. We can build off of this,” Foles described about winning and team unity.|
Foles’s main goal Sunday night was to not let their losing streak continue to 3-9, which would have been the longest losing streak since 1940. The most exciting part about the game, as all fans could agree, was the comeback from being down eleven points in the fourth quarter. With nine seconds left, Foles threw to wide receiver Jason Avant, who was tackled at the one. With no timeouts or barely any time left, Foles rushed the offense to the line of scrimmage before there was a stoppage on the play. Foles told head coach Andy Reid the play he wanted to run, Reid agreed, and Foles threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin with two seconds left on the clock, winning the game.
Reid commented, “He was feeling it, and it’s a great thing when your quarterback is in tune like that. I’m proud of the kid. He made some big throws. It looked like he rallied the crew in there, made good decisions and made some big plays. To do that, I thought he showed great intestinal fortitude and desire and all those intangible things you look for.”
And although Michael Vick has returned to practice, Reid announced last week that Nick Foles would be his starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Although it’s up in the air whether Nick Foles is the real deal, his growth and significance to the big plays he proved he can make is enough evidence for most fans to accept the rookie quarterback as something special in the future. Foles said, “I’ve definitely grown. You’re going to have your ups, your downs and you just have to keep fighting. I’m a different player because every day you want to progressively get a tiny bit better and this will be a great learning experience for me.”