With a million and one storylines on deck for fans in regards to the upcoming 2014 NFL season, one of the biggest is how well Nick Foles’ play will carry into the season. After taking the place of an injuries Michael Vick–surprise, surprise–Foles managed to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Now the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback hopes to one-up his season and be a better quarterback than he was the year before.
“All those throws that happened last year, the TDs, whatever, it does absolutely nothing,” Foles said. “It probably hurts me more now than it did last year because I did it, so now you’ve got to do it even better.
“In my mind, I want to do even better. But I know in reality some things can happen. There could be a game where I throw two interceptions. I threw two interceptions all last season and it’s like, ‘Oh, gosh.’ But that happens.”
Taking over completely in Week 5, the Nick Foles experiment shocked the world. By seasons end, Foles finished the season with 2,891 yards, 27 touchdowns, a 64% completion rate, an impressive 2 interceptions total, and the league-high quarterback rating with 119.2–four points higher than Peyton Manning’s passer rating–all while leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs. These aren’t easy stats to replicate, but the right dedication and full off-season with Chip Kelly game-planning for Foles at the starting position is the perfect way to kickstart his chances of doing so.
While Foles wasn’t asked to fully carry the Eagles, he did a much better job of managing the offense, at least opposed to what his predecessors had done before him. But now Foles will have a chance to prove how good a quarterback he really is. In first seasons, it’s much easier for players to seem better than they actually are, but after a full off-season of defensive coordinators breaking down game footage of roles, they’ll have a bigger grasp on his tendencies, what he does well, does, poorly etc.
With the NFC in a flux (Giants improvement, Romo and RGIII health issues), Nick Foles is in prime position to lead the Eagles and land atop the NFC East, returning to the playoffs in the process.