Fans, analysts, and writers have made their cries heard about the status of Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles. Many were looking for Foles to take over the reigns of the Philly offense after Michael Vick turned the ball over excessively during the first three games of the season. Andy Reid stuck with Vick and it paid off in week four against the Giants. Vick played effective football that led to a win (Vick did not turn the ball over once). Vick earned his starting role in week four, which lead to the question "what will become of Nick Foles?"
One needs to understand Foles' past to get a better understanding of his talent. He was a third round pick who had a solid collegiate career. At the University of Arizona, Foles stepped in and commanded respect immediately. After transferring from Michigan State, Foles battled for a spot and earned it with a stellar performance against Oregon State. Foles finished that season with 2486 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.
Foles got Arizona off to a 7-1 start during his redshirt junior year. During that season the Wildcats knocked off the 9th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Unfortunately Foles suffered a knee injury against Washington State that forced him to sit out for two weeks. Foles had a monster season the following year in 2011 (4,334 passing yards, 28 touchdowns).
This summer, Foles earned praise from coaches, analysts, and fans with stellar pre-season play. Against the Patriots, Foles went 18 for 28 on passing attempts, amassing 217 yards and two touchdowns. After the game Andy Reid said "I credit the kid. He's a young guy, and you can see him progress and get better every opportunity he has." Foles entered the pre-season as the third string quarterback. He earned the backup role through perseverance and excellent play.
Foles may not be playing on Sunday (or anytime soon), but he can be a quarterback for the future... and the future can be closer than fans expect. Michael Vick is 32 years old and physically worn down. For the time being, Vick is the best bet. He still has explosive big play capabilities, however Vick has taken a beating. One can only reasonably assume that Vick will seek retirement within the next five years. Vick also is aware that he needs to continue to produce. If the Eagles were to part ways with Vick (hypothetically...say he tanks this year) before next season they would only owe him three million dollars.
For now the Eagles need to instill their faith in Vick. He's won crucial games and earned the players' trust. Fans and players should give Foles their trust as well. It is inevitable that he will one day step on the field and attempt to run the Eagles offense. Foles should cherish the situation he is in. He has offensive weapons at his disposal that will ease his transition into the league (when his time comes). Michael Vick earned the starting job for Sunday against Pittsburgh, but he knows that it is his job to lose. Foles probably understands that he is one injury or mistake away from starting too. For now Foles can sit back, analyze the offense, work hard, and await for his moment to shine.