Jaws Ranks Foles 15th; King Has Eagles 8th

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

A couple quick afternoon notes…

Ron Jaworski recently wrapped up his annual QB rankings for ESPN and had Nick Foles coming in at No. 15:

People may be surprised that I have Foles this high, but he had an unbelievable 2013 season and deserves this spot. He dropped back over 400 times last season and threw only two interceptions. In the red zone, he threw 16 TDs with zero picks. Foles reads defenses well, knowing both where his receivers are going and where defenders are relative to those receivers. Chip Kelly’s system makes the reads easier, but Foles did a terrific job running the Eagles’ up-tempo offense and excelled against the blitz. His QB rating was 130 when there were five or more rushers.

The following quarterbacks (starting at the top) were ranked ahead of Foles: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton.

Foles is ranked just ahead of Matthew Stafford, Alex Smith, Andy Dalton and Jay Cutler.


National media opinions are starting to trickle in, and one writer who seems pretty high on the Eagles is Peter King of The MMQB. He’s got the Birds No. 8 overall in his Fine 15:

Chip Kelly, with a year to study. That’s dangerous. Also think Nick Foles wasn’t a fluke.

Ahead of the Eagles (from the top) are: the Seahawks, Packers, 49ers, Saints, Colts, Broncos and Patriots. Four of the top five teams in King’s rankings are on the Eagles’ schedule, and the top four are all in the NFC.

King doesn’t have any other NFC East teams in his top 15.

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  • If I was drafting a QB to start my team today, there are only 3 guys on that list I’d take ahead of FOles: Rodgers, Wilson, Luck.

    • BleedGreenJames

      I agree.

    • Breakerdog

      I would add Cam Newton that list. It would be a coin flip for me between Big Pole Foles and RG3. I like what Nick did last year obviously. Just need to see it for more than 12 games.

      • I go back and forth on Cam. Maybe if he was a little more consistent. I doubt we’ll see anything from him this year with that O-line and that receiving corps. Bonus points for the NFL Play60 commercial though. Instant classic.

        • anon

          you gotta put him in this system. think him rw, luck, rgiii would be great guys in the system. however cam is going to have a tough year this year. ron rivera not helping him at all.

          that doesn’t take away anything from foles just that there are other talented young qbs.

    • Jason

      I still take Brady, Brees, and Peyton. Even if they only have 4 years left.
      Hard to take any of these lists that serious when they are only an annual ranking that doesn’t take into account money, health, age, system, etc..

      Edit; That is why I like lists like the one Bill Barnwell is doing on Grantland. Despite having Ryan Tannehill ahead of Foles.

      • you think Peyton will still be playing at 42? Or Brady at 40?

        • Jason

          Look how long Farve played, I don’t doubt any QB staying a year or two longer then they should.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          yeah, what else does Brady have to do? his home life seems pretty crappy to me. and good lord, if Peyton plays 4 more years, his back and body might be so messed up, he’ll have to jump up and down just to chew.

          • BuddyBall

            Yeah, his home life seems terrible. I’d much rather shower with Vince Wilfork than Gisele.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            it’s all realitve as when it’s weird to be willing to shower with another man…24-23 and Brees picking up 4th and 1’s with QB sneaks, i’d of played rubber ducky soapy bubbles with VW in a tub to have him play NT that last drive.

          • Travis Papa

            You know what’s even more sad is Tom isn’t even the breadwinner in that family. Gisele makes way more money than him. I wish I had a sugar mama like that.

          • nice. you know what gets me about Brady? he dumped his pregnant supermodel girlfriend and hooked up with another supermodel. nobody ever gives him crap for it.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            underrated movie…ah, pic of ‘Tom brady could do that’ from ted isnt posting.

          • we’ve all been there, then again, we aren’t NFL football players and highly paid Movado spokesmen.

          • anon

            the guy does uggz commercials he clearly has no shame.

    • MagatBrackendale

      Good list. Rodgers seems to have patience and common sense, Luck has talent and coaching. (Hate the beard, though.) I live in the Seahawks market area and see Wilson off the field a little more. He has a real grasp of reality and never takes himself too seriously.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    what is Jaws smoking to have Eli at #11

    • Jason

      Two Super Bowl Rings. Same with Big Ben and Flacco

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        neither of them just tossed 398 ints last yr. circus catch by a guy who got pushed out of league 2 yrs later and Chung, F’N Chung and his Jr High angles! cant believe i was rooting for Giants in both, just hate Belicheck that much more for cheating our SB away.

        • Jason

          Ha, that is awesome. A buddy of mine is a Giants fan, we were watching one there games last year together that Elli played exceptionally bad in. His phone would buzz anytime a score or turnover would happen. He stayed afterwards to watch the afternoon games. Midway thru the 2nd game he got a text, it had the same buzz, so I asked him if Eli threw another pick?

          • Charliefoxtrot

            Truly it was a great year to know some Giants fans. Delicious, the tears were.

      • MediaMike

        Two fluke passes.

      • dislikedisqus

        Is this a career rating or a 2014 projection? No one has a 2014-15 ring.

  • Javi Echie

    Eli, Kaepernick, and Wilson ahead of Foles are you kidding??..Eli is on a definite decline, Kaepernick can’t make a read after his first option and is not an accurate thrower, and Wilson just doesn’t throw the ball enough. I know Wilson has a ring but cmon I would take Foles over them three as a pure passer in this offense.

  • MediaMike

    Kaepernitwit and Scam Newton ahead of Foles is a joke. Those guys are bums with little or no ability to read a D.

  • MediaMike

    Can we cut Keelan Johnson already? Anybody who doesn’t obey bar security and / or law enforcement is a huge pile of human excrement.

  • dislikedisqus

    King is closer to the mark than Jaws. Foles is a top 10 QB. The 2013 data are not flukes. Even in 12, Foles was good.

  • After this season we’ll know for sure what we have and there’ll be far less debate over Foles, I think. Right now some say he’s top 5, top 10, top 15. Still others ask whether or not he’s even special:

    • Clamdigger

      Your writing is awful.

  • Lake

    Fair assessment. Needs another year to show that he can move past the Big Bens, Flaccos, and Eli-s of the world. At times, he has Top 5-8 stuff.

  • Fly High

    These lists often times seem way off to some of us, and I think one of the reasons is, because a list can measure several things which would lead to pretty different evaluations, and they often don’t specify which they are measuring. A list could measure – 1. what the QB has accomplished up to this point in his career, 2. who will be seen as the best after they complete their careers, 3. Who had the best last year (or two or 3 years) 4. Who will be the best next season (or two or 3 seasons(, among other things.
    If we are measuring what a QB has accomplished up to this point in his career, it makes sense to rate Foles behind a lot of current QB, If the list is, who will be the best in the next 3 years, I personally would say top 5.
    What is Jaws measuring?

  • Behind Flacko, seriously? You can’t take Jaws seriously! Foles top 10 fo show!