The Eagles are likely to get a good look at rookie quarterback Nick Foles for at least the next game, if not longer.
Michael Vick suffered what head coach Andy Reid said was a significant concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, meaning that Foles is likely to start on Sunday against the Redskins. Reid said Vick would be his starter once he’s healthy; it’s uncertain, however, when that day might come.
There has been plenty of speculation that Reid is anxious to get a look-see at Foles because of Vick’s continued struggles with the offense. So now the coach can get a closer look at Foles in Vick’s absence.
“We’ll go through the [concussion] protocol here,” Reid told reporters today at his news conference. “I’ll just tell you, though, that it’s a pretty good one.”
Reid said he’ll try and get Foles up to speed as quickly as possible.
“Preparation is very important,” he said. “We’re going up against a good football team, the Redskins. Again, another NFC East rival and a loud place [at FedEx Field]. It’s important that he has the silent count down and understands that, which he got to work on during the preseason. Then, that he has his fundamentals down and he knows the game plan.”
Reid said Foles “did a nice job of keeping his eyes down the field when he was under pressure” against the Cowboys. “He had a couple of nice plays there. There were a couple of plays there that he’d like to have back, but I thought he did a pretty good job with that. I thought he got the ball out on time. He handled pressure well when it was in his face and he didn’t move.”
Foles was 22-of-32 for 219 yards, but he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown and fumbled after being sacked near the goal line in a play that resulted the Cowboys’ final touchdown of a 38-23 win in Philadelphia.