All-22: Foles Makes Progress In Third Start

Here’s a look at Nick Foles’ performance against the Cowboys, using the All-22 tape.

Play 1: I mentioned yesterday how the Eagles had a terrific game-plan for neutralizing DeMarcus Ware. The run game was outstanding in the first half. As a result, they were able to fool Ware with play-action. The first frame here shows Ware and also highlights right guard Jake Scott.

To Ware, it looks like Scott is going trying to trap him for a run play to Bryce Brown.

As you can see, Ware is left unblocked at the start of the play. If he decides it’s a play-fake and goes after Foles, it’s a sack and maybe even a forced fumble. But he’s playing the run. Look at where Ware ends up by the time Foles sets up in the pocket.

Foles does a nice job of shuffling to his left and delivering a strike to Jeremy Maclin for 14 yards near the sideline. Nice play design and execution.

Play 2: On the second-quarter scoring drive, Foles set Maclin in motion from left to right and saw the Cowboys defensive back go with him, indicating man coverage.

Maclin starts his route outside before going to the slant.

And Foles put the ball on the money so Maclin can pick up yards after the catch. It’s only about an 8-yard completion, but Maclin is able to pick up 21 and set up the touchdown. The TV angle shows the ball placement.

Good, accurate, high-percentage throw that led to a big gain.

Play 3: Same idea on an earlier throw to Riley Cooper. Maclin’s route from the slot takes one defensive back out of the picture, and the safety to that side of the field is deep.

Again, the ball has to be on-target on this throw or it’s a waste. It’s 3rd-and-12, and this is just an 8-yard completion. But Cooper’s able to turn it into a 16-yard gain.

Play 4: Foles missed a chance for a big play in the second. Maclin runs a double-move, stopping around the 46-yard-line and getting the cornerback to bite.

You can see from the end-zone angle that Foles has room to hit Maclin before the safety comes over.

But Foles overthrows him. I think he probably wanted to throw the ball to the outside too, away from the safety. Good play, good decision. The throw was just off-target.

Play 5: On third down in the fourth, Foles looked like he had a chance to hit Brent Celek over the middle.

Celek has space behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties. Foles has time, but he looks to the left corner of the end zone to Clay Harbor, who was covered.

The Eagles ended up settling for a field goal.

Like I said earlier this week, some missed opportunities, but overall, Foles played well and showed encouraging signs in his third start.

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  • alnguyen386

    The Eagles may finally have a great, pocket QB in the making. Andy Reid has never had that to work with. McNabb was good on the whole but he never developed into an elite QB. If Foles develops and they hire a highly experienced defensive coordinator the Eagles can become a top team again next season.

    • morgan c

      I like the optimism, but it’s way to early to tell if Foles can become a great qb. As for McNabb, I mean, if he doesn’t fit your definition of “elite,” I’m not sure what does. The dude was a stud, shortcomings notwithstanding. At this point, I’d take 5 in his prime over Foles, or really any option it looks like we’ll have going forward next year. Find me a guy that will be a guaranteed lock to make 4 pro bowls!

  • Iskar36

    Maybe I missed it, but has any one put up an All-22 post on the corner route to Avant before half time? At least from the tv angle, that looked like the best throw Foles has made so far in his career. It would be nice to see it from the All-22.

  • daggolden

    Good good game how many yards did Foles pass for?

  • dislikedisqus

    I ranked all 32 starting qb’s week 13 performance on 3 key metrics: completion percentage, ypa and int’s. I found 3 qb’s had better composite rankings than Foles — Romo (duh), Quinn, and Cutler and 2 (Eli and Wilson) had identical. Rodgers and RG3 were right behind.

  • Ryan

    You can start to see the offense getting into a rhythm with Foles…something that never happened while Vick was here.

  • xlGmanlx

    I felt like there was a current every time he was on the field. The obvious signs of a rookie QB, but it is somehow refreshing to be rolling the dice instead of the inevitable predictablilty. I felt like there was progression from last week, everything he said he would do he did. Let’s hope this continues and he continues to build his skill sets to the needed heights. At least it will be a surprise for a change on sundays.