23-year-old Nick Foles now has the opportunity of a lifetime--- a starting QB gig in the NFL. It's an amazing development, considering previous QB#1 Mike Vick had taken a huge beating at the hands of opposing defensive pressures, but was not knocked out on a TKO until Sundays' tough loss against Dallas.
Now at 3-6, what do we have to lose? The Eagles' Brain Trust seems to believe now is the time to find out about Shaggy.
I wish Shaggy well..
Coach Andy Reid announced Monday that Vick sustained a "pretty significant concussion" in the second quarter of a 38-23 loss to Dallas. Vick still had a headache as of Monday afternoon and will not practice when the team reconvenes at the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday.
Unless Vick is able to make a remarkable recovery, rookie Nick Foles will make his first career start at Washington next Sunday. If he does, Foles would become the first Eagles rookie quarterback to start a regular-season game since Donovan McNabb in 1999.
"We'll probably know (Vick's status) in the next couple of days," Reid said during his weekly news conference Monday. "We'll go through the (NFL) protocol, but I'll tell you that he's got a pretty good headache and he's tired. The thing I'll tell you now is I think it's a pretty significant concussion.
"I don't see Michael being back by Wednesday, so it's important (Foles) gets in there with the starters (during practice). If he ends up being the starter (against the Redskins), he's going to need the work."
"Michael is our quarterback and I don't want to slight that part. At the same time, I have confidence that Nick will do a nice job if given that opportunity. If the kid has an opportunity to start, I'm excited to see him play."
Foles, the Eagles' third-round draft pick out of the University of Arizona, has not taken any practice reps with the starters since the end of the preseason. And until Vick got hurt in the second quarter against the Cowboys, he had not played in a regular-season game.
He made his debut with 7 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in the first half against the Cowboys. Vick was forced to leave the game on the previous series after his helmet smacked against the turf after a hit by former Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims.
Despite the lack of preparation, Foles delivered a decent performance that was marred by a pair of turnovers that resulted in Dallas touchdowns. He completed 22-of-32 passes for 219 yards. He threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin that gave the Eagles a 14-10 lead, and he led them on another scoring drive the next possession that ended with Alex Henery's 40-yard field goal.
But he made some costly mistakes.
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr returned Foles first career interception 47 yards for a touchdown. Later in the game, Foles fumbled when he was sacked by Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher recovered it in the end zone for another TD.
"It doesn't matter who the quarterback is, the team has to keep working hard," Foles said Sunday after the game. "There are tough times in life and this is a tough time. We just have to keep fighting. I didn't get the job done, but I'm going to keep working every single day to get better and I know our team is going to do the same thing."
Reid cautioned that if Foles does start against the Redskins, however, it should not be taken as a sign that Vick's days as the starter are over. As soon as he is healthy enough to play again, Vick will be back in the lineup.
"I can't project the future," Reid said. "I'm just telling you that Michael is hurting right now. Nick is going to step in and be the quarterback and we'll take it from there. Mike is the quarterback, Nick comes in and he is a relief pitcher and does his thing."
One of the reasons Reid would resist turning the offense over to Foles is that he still believes the Eagles have a chance to save their season.
The loss to the Cowboys - the Eagles' fifth consecutive defeat - left them at 3-6. But despite the setback, they didn't lose any ground in the NFC East standings. The first-place New York Giants (6-4) also lost Sunday, leaving the Eagles 2 games behind them.
A wild-card berth would be much harder to attain. Only Carolina (2-7) has a worse record than the Eagles among NFC teams.
"I absolutely believe we can still make the playoffs," Reid said. "You don't count anybody out in the National Football League. I feel good about this team. We just need to tighten some things up."
Tightening up all the problems would require a giant wrench.
The offense got off to a great start against the Cowboys by scoring on its first series for the first time this season but failed to sustain the momentum. Offensive tackles Demetress Bell and King Dunlap combined for four of the Eagles' six total penalties. Dunlap also forgot to join the field goal unit during Henery's kick.
Dunlap could be benched this week. Guard Danny Watkins, who has missed the last three games with chronic ankle soreness, is due to return to practice this week. If he plays right guard against the Redskins, rookie Dennis Kelly could slide over to replace Dunlap at right tackle.
The special teams surrendered a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown by Dallas' Dwayne Harris. Harris became the first player to return one for a TD against the Eagles since Miami's Ted Ginn Jr. in 2007. The defense played better, allowing 17 points, but also failed to protect the lead on two occasions.
"It seems like it's the same problems every week," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said Monday morning. "We've just got to keep working."
New offensive lineman
The Eagles added some experience to their offensive line Monday by signing eight-year NFL veteran Jake Scott to a one-year contract.
Scott, 31, started 121 regular-season games and nine playoff contests with Indianapolis (2004-07) and Tennessee (2008-11). He started all 16 games in each of the last seven seasons.
While with the Colts, the 6-foot-5, 292-pounder played for current Eagles offensive line coach Howard Mudd. He was part of the Colts' team that won the Super Bowl in 2006. He could wind up starting at right tackle for the Eagles at Washington on Sunday.
To make room for Scott on the 53-man roster, the Eagles released guard Julian Vandervelde again. Vandervelde is expected to be re-signed to the practice squad today.
Extra points: Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (strained hamstring) is not expected to play against the Redskins. Tackle Jason Peters (ruptured Achilles' tendon) won't practice this week.
Broz,....is more amped for this Warshington game, that any game, in quite some time.
As one who in his gut, knew, that the Vick years, were pointless years, after his hot start faded in 2010,.....this upcoming game actually feels like it matters, in the grand scheme of things.
Who's the best Joker? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAWlKvYNoEg
Welp,....5 comes quite early these days,..as tasks await yur GK,..tamale. BTW,..i prepared another Tofu dish today,.and quite frankly,...i'm hooked and believe that I should consider myself a random vegan. Whos wiffme?......nite ladies.
I will never give up my carnivorous ways. Enjoy your tofu, it means more burgers for me
@EagleNut792 @briview I now picture Bri as the lil old lady from the Wendy's commercial... Screaming "Where's the beef!" HAHA
Did youse see that trade the Marlins made with Toronto? That's a shame for that Marlin fan base... All 1,500 of them
how many players were sent from south beach to freakin Canada? like 5?
I'm beginning to tink,....that as poopy as our o-line is,.....that we very well may expend some of ourn top picks on da secondary....
I been really zero-ing on other teams 2ndary's lately.
And I've come to the conclusion that....when you have a really good 2ndary, that it's harder for the other team to complete passes. That makes it easier to win.
@Brozer8 never thought of it that way,..
@briview like me Grandpappy used to say: "if you don't stop them,....they're going to score"....
in betwixt telling me "you don't know nuttin' about nuttin'"
But looks who I'm telling. You prolly heard that a million times too.....when ur side of the family was visiting him. RIP.
as in 2 of our 3 top picks.
We could possibly get a top 15 caliber corner,....AND....my Boy Eric Reid....
And still get a good o-lineman or 2 in the first 3 or 4 rounds.
Nutty buddy,..not sure if there is really a generally accepted consensus,..about alot,..since there are still numerous,..known unknowns,..and perhaps even more unknown unknowns.
@atvcar I saw Jimmy Eat World play The Middle live once, does that count?
@atvcar So he's somewhere in the middle?
@Brozer8 I always sucked in that category in trivia pursuit anyways
@atvcar like you could expect brozer to pass on a joke like that
No sir,...men ( and other homo saps) generally think first,...and knows follows. SEX ..age irrelevent. Then there is the beleagured ATV,..who fits in somewhere between ape and boll weevil. Not shore where!
@atvcar I'll prolly get is "women and children think, men know" speech again anyways
Me tinks in this upcoming Mulch10,....you'd do well to get 2 right.
I mean, sure, I'll prolly get 5 right again.........but 2 would be a good target for everybody else to shoot for.
Afterall,....your competing against yourself,....not me. As long as you do the best that YOU can do, then you shouldn't be ashamed of yourself.
Your family has plenty of shame for you already.
at least i agree with the iggles fans on most accounts