Nick Foles Quarterback Tendencies: Screen Passes Galore

Ronald Martinez

A closer look at Nick Foles' style.

Pro Football Focus wrapped up their "QBs in Focus" series this week with a look at quarterback tendencies. With the interest of the Philadelphia Eagles in mind, let's take a look at how quarterback Nick Foles performed. This data also gives us insight on the tendencies present in Chip Kelly's offense. Numbers in parentheses represent the NFL average.

Dropback Type

Did you know Foles scrambles more often than the average QB?

Standard dropback - 87.3% (89.8%)

Rollout - 4.7% (4.9%)

Scramble - 8.0% (5.6%)

Shotgun vs. Under Center vs. Pistol

Foles lined up in the gun more than any other QB in the NFL. To no surprise the pistol was never used.

Shotgun - 92.5%* (75.1%) - League high

Under center - 7.5* (24.9%) - League low

Pistol - 0% (3.5%)

Play Action

The Eagles run a lot so play action is expected.

Play action - 32.7% (21.0%)

No play action - 67.3% (79.0%)

1st down play action - 38.6% (28.1%)

vs. Blitz, Pressure

Foles generally faced pressure/blitz near the NFL average. Teams tended to blitz him less on third down. More on Foles and the blitz in this column from last week.

vs. No Pressure - 65.7% (64.5%)

vs. Pressure - 34.3% (35.5%)

vs. Blitz - 29.4 (30.8%)

vs. No Blitz - 70.6% (69.2%)

vs. Third-Down Blitz - 33.0% (37.5%)

Dropback Depth

When Foles drops back, it's usually deep.

1-3 Yard Drop (Now) - 1.4% (1.1%)

4-6 Yard Drop (Quick) - 11.4% (16.8%)

7-8 Yard Drop (Intermediate) - 44.3% (52.1%)

9+ Yard Drop (Deep) - 38.5% (24.6%)

Pass Depth

Foles ranked last in short throws and led the league in throws traveling at least 20 yards.

1-10 Yards - 36.8%* (49.3%) - Low

5-10 Yards - 16.2%* (26.9%) - Low

11-20 Yards - 21.0% (21.9%)

21-30 Yards - 10.7% (6.9%)

20+ Yards - 18.9%* (12.7%) - High

31-40 Yards - 4.8%* (2.7%) - High

30+ Yards - 7.9% (4.6%)

40+ Yards - 3.1% (1.9%)

Time to Throw

Foles wasn't always quick to get rid of the ball.

<=2.0s - 15.5%* (26.4%) - Low

2.1-2.5s - 23.3% (24.6%)

2.6-3.0s - 19.9% (19.4%)

3.1-3.5s - 12.7% (11.2%)

>=3.6s - 26.6% (17.0%)

Time to Pressure (How fast does pressure get there?)

These numbers show pressure didn't get to Foles very quickly. His protection was good.

<=2.0s - 6.6% (9.3%)

2.1-2.5s - 13.6% (14.0%)

2.6-3.0s - 8.3% (8.8%)

<=3.0s - 28.5% (32.1%)

3.1-3.5s - 5.0% (3.2%)

>=3.6s - 5.5%* (2.0%) - High

Pass Location

Foles threw to his right more often than the average QB did. He also threw outside the numbers more often than most.

Left - 23.0% (22.3%)

Middle - 45.4% (53.3%)

Right - 31.6% (24.4%)

R/L Ratio - 1.37 (1.09)

Outside the Numbers - 54.6% (46.7%)

Pass Distribution

The Eagles spread the ball around so Foles wasn't just throwing his WRs.

WR (by alignment) - 67.0% (72.4%)

WR Slot (by alignment) - 31.3% (29.2%)

Outside WR (by alignment) - 35.7% (43.2%)

Throws to TE

Foles liked to throw to his tight ends, and for good reason.

TE (by player) - 22.3% (20.4%)

Inline TE - 13.1% (10.2%)

TE Slot (by alignment) - 7.2% (8.2%)

TE Wide - 2.1% (1.9)

Throws to RB

Expect these RB numbers to go up with the addition of Darren Sproles.

RB (by player) - 21.0% (19.6%)

Backfield - 19.6% (17.3%)

RB Slot (by alignment) - 1.4% (1.3%)

RB Wide - 0% (1%)

Routes

Foles threw a league-high 16.2% crossing routes and league-low 3.1% slants. Foles threw below the league average in every category except for crossing, ins, and corners.

Quick outs - 6.2% (6.7%)

Crossing routes - 16.2%* (10.0%) - High

Slants - 3.1%* (7.7%) - Low

Outs - 6.9% (10.3%)

Ins - 6.5% (5.9%)

Hitches - 11.3% (14.1%)

Posts - 5.2% (5.8%)

Corners - 4.5% (2.3%)

Go Routes - 8.2% (11.5%)

HB non-screens - 12.7% (13.4%)

Comebacks - 1.7% (2.4%)

Screens

Foles threw screen passes on a league-high 17.5% of his dropbacks. Almost double the NFL average.

Screens - 17.5%* (9.7%)

RB Screens - 6.9% (3.8%)

WR/TE screens - 10.7% (5.9%)

Non-Screens - 82.5% (90.3%)

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