What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid.Here’s the weekly roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles, including a call for Andy Reid to return and praise for Nick Foles.

SI.com’s Don Banks sizes up the Eagles’ regular-season home finale:

So I suppose that’s the way it had to end in front of the home crowd for Andy Reid, after this lost season in Philadelphia. With rookie quarterback Nick Foles being called for what amounts to an intentional grounding with one second remaining, the Eagles at the Washington 5-yard line, and the Redskins holding a precarious 27-20 lead. Because Foles’ pass attempt didn’t get back to the line of scrimmage, there was an automatic 10-second clock run-off required — which was nine seconds more than the Eagles had in their possession.

Running out of time in the most painful ways possible was kind of the story of Reid’s final year in Philadelphia.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Eagles 28th in his power rankings:

The Philadelphia Eagles fought back against one of pro football’s hottest teams in the Washington Redskins. But, as has often been the case in 2012, Philly fell short. Nick Foles contributed to the loss — particularly with a big first-half fumble caused by Ryan Kerrigan — but he also competed his tail off, completing 32 of 48 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown. Is Foles the answer in 2013? Maybe. You can’t doubt that some of the traits he brings are superior to those of Michael Vick, starting with accuracy. Unfortunately, Foles has played his last game of the season, as a broken hand will keep him out of the finale.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 29th:

Now it’s back to Mike Vick for one last game. Andy Reid and Mike Vick, together on the train out of town.

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com thinks the Eagles should keep Andy Reid and let him develop the team’s young talent:

The Philadelphia Eagles may be a game away from making a coaching change after 14 years of quality work by Andy Reid. I think it’s a big risk to take for a franchise that has a proven winner in Reid. So the Eagles have had a few poor seasons. But did you watch the game this weekend against the Redskins? There is a lot of promise on that roster right now as Reid and his staff develop a young group of new players.

Rookie QB Nick Foles threw for 345 yards. Run his numbers from his six games out for a whole season and he would be projected for 4,500 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. There’s something to develop in Foles.

Also, Riley Cooper, Colt Anderson, Brandon Graham, Dennis Kelly, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Brandon Boykin and Bryce Brown are a very interesting group of young men who could be the core to rebuild this franchise. It’s going to be a shame if someone else gets the opportunity instead of Reid.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com likes what he sees out of Nick Foles:

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles keeps showing something every week. There is enough to work with at least for this offseason, and it will be very interesting to see what the next coach in Philadelphia thinks of him. You could do a whole lot worse, seems to me, and I am not sure you are going to be able to do much better in what looks like a watered-down draft class and given the limited options in free agency. Get that offensive line improved (maybe Jason Peters is back at left tackle), stick with a more balanced offensive approach and give the kid a full 2013 to show what more he can do.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports offers his take on the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins:

Sad to see Andy Reid go out on such a low note as he coached what was likely his final home game with the Philadelphia Eagles after 14 seasons. After taking an early 7-0 lead, the Eagles were once again relatively uncompetitive and lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Seven of those losses have been by a touchdown or more. The Eagles are one loss from finishing with the worst record in Reid’s career (he led them to a 5-11 record in 1999, his first season).

Football Outsiders ranked Foles’ Week 16 performance 19th among quarterbacks:

Red-zone passing: 3-of-9 for 27 yards, two first downs, no touchdowns, and two sacks. Keep in mind the Eagles lost this game by seven points.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles 29th in his power rankings:

The good news?  Mike Vick has another chance to improve his free-agency stock.  The bad news?  Mike Vick has another chance to hurt his free-agency stock.

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  • Johngiam

    I think that the is a lot to like about Foles…I also think its impossible to know what you have in him, unless you give him next season, in a much healthier environment, with a coaching staff that will actually do him favors, instead of asking him to throw 48 times behind a historically bad offensive line..
    Projecting at 4500 yards 16tds 13tds would have been a helluva rookie campaign….I honestly don’t believe any qb could have done significantly better in this environment, that is far from indusive to success….I think just the fact that you ask a rookie to throw 48 times, and it’s not a complete and utter disaster IS VERY ENCOURAGING….The only type of qb that could have done a significantly better job then Foles would have been an extremely mobile qb capable of running for dear life behind this line..

    How can anyone have anything positive to say about Reid after he asked a rookie to drop back 48 friggin times? The ANNOINTED one, ANDREW LUCK isn’t asked to do that, and his supporting cast DWARFS ours! RG3 is been ANNOINTED asthe second coming. And he has never been asked to throw more then 20times in a game…Rossel Wilson is doing great with a team who’s supporting cast VICSIOUSLY HITS EVERYTHING THAT MOVES! Sad to say, but even Tannahill is in a significAntly healthier situation… Don’t know how much more anyone can elastic a,ly accept out of Foles, so early into hs career….like I said, I honestly do believe there is something to be said, about Foles keeping us in every game, and it not being a complete Disaster. When you realistically factor int he injuries, and atrocious game planning, the fact that Foles even looks like he mite have a chance at becoming a starting nfl QB, to me that is more impressive then anything TE stat sheet could tell me, and it’s very encouraging in my eyes… I really do believe that this situation is so darn dysfunctional and screwed up, that better QBs could potentially get engulfed, and it could ruin young QBs careers……..Foles handled it admirably, and it’s very encouraging, and much m ore important, the. y wide open RECIEVER that he misses…..look, the kid can make every single throw onthe football field..eyes always down field while he is running for dear life, just like he came small on the throw to Macklin, he also came up HUGE in Tampa…Not to mention, already his 2 minute drill is probably consistently bettert hen any QBs two minute drill in Philly int he past 20 years…..he is far from ready to take ustothepromised land, but it’s very encouraging, and he flashes a lot of traits that we can definitely work with

    • http://profiles.google.com/acplusha Alex Plushanski

      Luck has thrown 48 or more passes 4 times already this season with 3 more games between 44-48 attempts. Completely false statements make your posts unreliable. Oh yea Winston Justice starts on Luck’s line… we all remember how awesome he is.

      • theycallmerob

        Alex, you’re right, but keep in mind coach Mudd ran those guys out of town for HIS system (hence our complete lack of O-line depth). Most of all, what you forgot Johngiam….all those other rookies got ALL the snaps in training camp, played with the 1′s, and have improved over the WHOLE season. Foles came in cold, playing basically with our backup team in a losing environment, with coaching that did him no favors. Forget stats- what he showed in just his intangibles speaks to his potential.
        And at the end of the day, we can always say “at least we’re not Arizona!” (can’t we all already say that Foles>Kolb?)

        • Johngiam

          Rob…I have already tried hammering that point home abut coming in cold, after the wheels already fell off, as opposed to the continuity of being the man starting from training camp. I made that point a million times already in previous posts and I completely agree… Considering what Foles had to work with, I’m not exactly sure what more could have been expected of him…Alex, I’m not really sure what you have to bitch about regarding my post. I haven’t ANNOINTED Foles as a franchise qb, and I have called him a bust…I simply said, what I have seen has been encouraging, and that it’s impossible to know exactly what he can be until we see the jump he makes in year two, in a much healthier environment? Telling me that Luck threw 40 times behind his starting line…as opposed to Foles throwing damn near 50 times behin king Dunlap, Mathis, Dallas won’t be in the nfl next year Reynolds, Scott who hopped of his couch and jumped into a game, and Dennis Kelly…..is no where near the same thing. just the fact that you scoff at Winston justice, discredits you….he hasn’t been that bad at all, post eagles….and he would be our best lineman if he was on the eagles right now…

          God forbid you mention luck or RG3 around here, and you get crucified…Before I swing on a young qbs nuts, I would like to see what happens in year two, you know the year that traditionally tells you what you have in a QB…see a few rookies have some success early around the league, and fans no longer know how to act….just cause a kid hasn’t lit the world on fire in his first 5 games, that does not mean they can’t grow into a darn good starting nfl qb….THE JURY IS STILL OUT! Anyone who claims to know what fOles is either way, is a fool!

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    I’m not sold on Foles yet, but he’s all we have. Luckily we have some great backs, and hopefully a new head coach will use them more to take pressure off of Foles while he develops.

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  • GoBirds1

    I always thought Kirwan was a dope. Now he has proved that. If he thinks Cooper and Colt are part of the core to build around, and is right, we are all screwed!!!