Foles might have faltered in front of pressure
In the NFL, a young quarterback is almost always given a second chance to redeem his honour. First games for them don’t go as planned and it takes times to learn the ropes and get used to the major league. One game is never enough to fully analyse a player and decide whether he has a future or not.
But this might not be the case for Foles. The Eagles will play the New York Giants on Sunday and Foles won’t be playing because of a concussion. Michael Vick has healed sufficiently to hit the field again and will be resuming his starting quarterback position. This means that Foles will have to wait much longer to get another match to redeem his terrible game. This also puts his future with the team under question.
Shurmur said that he wanted to see Foles again at the field as soon as possible but had to go by the rules.
"I'd like to see him out here as quickly as possible but there is protocol,” he said.
As said before, one game is not enough to make a decision on a rookie’s future with the team. Shurmur said that he wanted to see Foles in the practice more often so he could see what he was made of. Only under pressure does a player show his true colours and exhibits his ability to withstand stress. And Foles faltered badly.
"It was less than his best game. I wouldn't call it a step back. We just correct and move forward. I think that's what you do. You don't make much more out of it than that.," Shurmur said.
But Foles isn’t a bad player if we look back at his history. He carried the game last December against Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the Eagles needed a crucial touchdown in the last three minutes. He also carried the game when Vick was injured against the Giants. So he might still have a chance to impress the brass.
"I don't think it had anything [to do with the moment]. That's my feeling, but I haven't spoken to him about it,” said Chip Kelly, coach for the Eagles. “But Nick never struck me as the guy that the moment kind of catches him. . . . I saw him play in college, and I don't think any time in college did I ever see Nick get overwhelmed by the moment."