Background On Foles When He Was a Prospect

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Jim Z. Rider / USA TODAY Sports

In the latest installment of his podcast, Move the Sticks, NFL Network analyst and former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah detailed the process for gathering information on college prospects, and he settled on an interesting example: Nick Foles.

Jeremiah went through his assessment of Foles when Foles was preparing for the 2012 NFL draft.

Some of this might be information you’re already aware of, but knowing what we know about Foles now, we thought it was interesting to take a look back.

Below are some of the things Jeremiah shared from his research.

On Foles’ work ethic:

“Outstanding worker, sets the tone for everyone in the weight room. Coaches had to back him off so he doesn’t get too big. Has a girlfriend from Texas, but they aren’t too serious. All about football. Always at the facility. He was there when I was visiting the quarterbacks coach. He wanted to see one particular play that bothered him from practice, so he showed up, came right in with the ice bag on his shoulder.”

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Eagles Offseason Outlook: Quarterback

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

Nick Foles and Matt Barkley are under contract, while Mark Sanchez is scheduled to become a free agent.

Foles has become a polarizing figure around these parts. Critics will point out that he completed just 59.8 percent of his passes (26th), averaged 6.96 YPA (26th) and had 10 interceptions to go along with four fumbles in eight games. He was 19th in Football Outsiders’ DYAR metric that ranks quarterbacks.

Supporters will argue that he was playing with a banged-up offensive line, didn’t have the benefit of a quality run game and has already shown in 2013 that he can play at a high level. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: What the Eagles Want At Safety

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes from reader/commenter Nick via e-mail:

As I’m sure you’ve noticed in the comments, I’ve been discussing at length how we passed on Jairus Byrd (and, with hindsight and knee injury aside, probably shouldn’t have) because we wanted a more “complete” safety to have the mirrored look, but ended up playing a lot of single high. What’s the root cause of the change there? Seeing a lot of 3-WR seems like the obvious answer, but I wanted to know if it was adjusting to what we’re facing or an outright change in philosophy. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Here is a rundown of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

ESPN.com teamed up with Pro Football Focus to figure out how close each team is to competing in the Super Bowl. Despite the Eagles missing the playoffs, the analysis suggested the team is just two players away from getting to the title game. Phil Sheridan notes the positions the Eagles could improve heading into next season:

Secondary: The Eagles’ pass defense truly broke down in the last month of the season. Opposing quarterbacks completed 61 percent of their passes for 1,177 yards and six touchdowns in December. During the three-game losing streak that knocked Philly out of the playoffs, the Eagles allowed 14 pass plays of more than 20 yards, the second-most in the league. Half the secondary starters — CB Bradley Fletcher and S Nate Allen — are scheduled to become free agents. A third, cornerback Cary Williams, could be on his way out, thanks to his $8.1 million cap number. Whether it’s through free agency or the draft, this beleaguered unit is in need of a major overhaul. Seattle’s Byron Maxwell would be worth a look. Read more »

Wake Up Call: Could Foles Be Trade Chip?

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes via email from reader Matt:

I had a question about the Eagles drafting Mariota (you’ve heard of that possibility right???). I’ve seen the arm and a leg scenarios about what we’d need to give up to go from 20 to the top five. I’ve heard the names Cox and McCoy most often when talking about adding in current players in addition to draft picks…What I don’t think I’ve seen yet is Foles’ name mentioned as a bargaining chip. He has to have value around the league, right? Wouldn’t one of these teams at the top like the Bucs, Titans or Jets want to hedge their bets a little on drafting a quarterback and instead take Foles who has shown some success, plus our 1st round pick and maybe one more or a 2nd round? That would cut down on the amount of picks for us to give up, while still giving that team a viable starting option from Day 1. I know it’s a big gamble to give up on Foles, but if we think Mariota is the answer, there’s no point in having 2 QB’s right?

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Gruden: A Lot Of Teams Would Trade For Foles

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Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

Last night, some Eagles got to show off their talents in Glendale, Az., albeit a week earlier than they would have liked. Nine players ended up getting selected to participate in the Pro Bowl, but because of injuries and other reasons, six actually played in the game.

Below is a roundup of Eagles-related news and notes from the event.

Before the game, Jon Gruden gave Comcast SportsNet’s John Clark his thoughts on Nick Foles’ future as the Eagles quarterback:

“Foles can execute and make plays in this offense if he’s healthy,” Gruden said. “He’s been hurt two years in a row. That’s the number one obstacle with Foles, staying on the field. Chip Kelly is sure going to be looking for quarterbacks [in the draft], we all do, and I’m sure that he has Marcus Mariota on his speed dial. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Did Foles Miss Lazor?

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Kirby Lee / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — Today’s question comes from reader Ricky, via e-mail.

I’m starting to think a big reason for Nick Foles’ decline in 2014 was the change at QB coach. Bill Lazor led Ryan Tannehill to a career year in 2014, while Bill Musgrave led the Eagles to a league-high 21 interceptions. Is it possible that the Eagles need to rethink their current QB coach heading into 2015?

I may need to make Ricky an official source for Birds 24/7. His e-mail came in at 2:03 p.m. About seven hours later, news broke that Musgrave was headed to Oakland to become the Raiders offensive coordinator.

As for the question, evaluating position coaches can be a difficult task. Basically, all we can go on is results and what the players tell us.

In one season under Lazor, Foles completed 64 percent of his passes, averaged 9.1 YPA and threw 27 touchdowns against two interceptions. In two seasons under other quarterbacks coaches, he completed 60.2 percent of his passes, averaged 6.7 YPA and threw 19 TDs against 15 interceptions. Read more »

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