Eagles might have QB to build around

Posted Dec. 10, 2012 @ 1:16 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

It wasn’t always pretty, but Eagles rookie QB Nick Foles’ late-game heroics — and eight straight quality quarters of football now — have the team thinking it might have something for the present and the future.

Foles has impressed the Eagles with his toughness and brains, and his poise at the end of the 23-21 victory in Week 14 also stood out. And the fact that Foles led two late TD drives without LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson or Brent Celek; with a tired, shorthanded offensive line; and with the Buccaneers having taken Bryce Brown out of the game, it stood as a notable moment in Foles’ young career.

Decisions still must be made on Andy Reid's coaching staff and on QB Michael Vick, which clearly will have a major say on what happens with Foles and whom the projected starter will be at the position. But his coming-out party at least has quieted the talk of need for a young QB for now.

Foles’ footwork and timing need work, but the former at least appeared moderately improved in Sunday's victory. He’ll have an entire offseason to keep honing his skills, and the fact remains that he probably will have to learn an entirely new offensive system. But late success in the wake of a lost season might be what propels him and the team to bigger things down the line.