Whether we are just seeing the "Bobby Hoying effect" or the start of something really good, the praise for Eagles rookie QB Nick Foles has begun to come in hot and heavy today. Foles' performance may not have been the first where the young backup did some good things and got everyone excited about his future, but at least as far as the Eagles go it may be the most dramatic.
Coming from down 2 TDs in under 5 minutes on the road and throwing a last second TD pass to win would have been impressive for any QB, let alone a rookie. So while it still may be early to anoint Foles as our savior, it's not early to heartily congratulate him for that performance. And that's exactly what has been going on.
SI's Peter King says Foles "looked like a starting NFL QB" Sunday and thinks the "seeds planted" with Foles are starting to bear fruit.
I think -- and I don't care how much of an Eagles homer this makes me sound like -- I was happy to see the delight on the Philadelphia sideline as the seconds ticked off on the win in Tampa. That's not an eight-game-losing-streak team, and it doesn't mean Andy Reid is suddenly a lousy coach. It's football. And it's good to see the seeds planted with a young quarterback like Nick Foles bear fruit -- he improvised on the winning drive, inventing a fourth-down-conversion pass in the huddle.
SI's David Sabino says you may not want to go scrambling to pick up Foles for your fantasy team just yet and reminds us that the Bucs are as bad as it gets in terms of defending the pass.
Nothing cures a struggling quarterback more than the Buccaneers' weak pass defense. The rookie's 251 yards [ed. it was actually 381] Sunday were the most for a first-year Eagles passer since Scott Tinsley threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns as a replacement quarterback during Week 4 of the 1987 players' strike. Before you think about using Foles in the fantasy playoffs, realize that the Bengals are tough on opposing quarterbacks and Foles has a short week to prepare for them.