Beating Nick FolesDecember 6th, 2012
Fresh from Arizona in the Pac-12 last season, rookie quarterback Nick Foles will start for the Eagles against the Bucs on Sunday. Mike Vick is out.
The Super Bowl Buccaneers, who will be honored during the game, used to eat young quarterbacks for lunch and leave them bruised and humiliated and dying to get out of town. Hopefully, the New Schiano Order will have similar success.
Foles was the losing quarterback in Dallas on Sunday night, but he didn’t play like a loser, going 22-for-34 for 251 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions. If you watch this video from the Eagles website, you’ll see — and hear — a big (6-6), poised quarterback who can make all the throws. But accuracy has been an issue with Foles during his time this season, despite the strong outing in Dallas.
Joe has to imagine the Bucs will blitz at least as often as they have all season, and likely much more. In Dallas, Foles had the luxury of flashy rookie Bryce Brown rushing for 169 yards and two touchdowns to help keep him comfortable in the pocket. The Bucs’ diet of blitzes and No. 1 ranked run defense should be enough to force Foles into a rookie-like performance, which hopefully translates into interceptions.