Donovan McNabb: Nick Foles is not a franchise QB

Nick-Foles-EaglesDonovan McNabb hates giving current NFL quarterbacks credit for anything they do. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who is a double whammy for McNabb in that he is an NFL quarterback who plays for Donovan’s old team, is the latest target of the Fox Sports 1 analyst’s criticism.

Despite the fact that Foles threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his first full season as a starter last year, McNabb does not believe he has what it takes to be the Eagles’ cornerstone. During an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic’s Harry Mayes and Brian Baldinger on Tuesday, McNabb was asked if he believes Foles can be a franchise quarterback.

“I can’t answer that but if I had to give a take, I would say no,” he said, as transcribed by NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo. “I think what he will do, he won’t do what he did last year, that just won’t happen. I see him being maybe a 25 touchdown, 8-10 interception guy. They’re trying to have in the mind of Nick Foles, you don’t have to take chances all the time.

“There’s nothing wrong with checking down to the tight end, to your running back. It’s not the kind of offense that we’re going to score on the first play of the drive and get off the field. The big thing is, don’t worry about what you did last year. Things are going to change. Defenses are going adjust to you.”

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Foles had to have done something right to throw just two interceptions in 13 starts last season. You can’t get that lucky, can you? While we’re not saying the former Arizona star is the next Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers, he is only 25. McNabb seems to be writing off the franchise QB thing a bit early.

“Foles isn’t known for his ability to get out of the pocket,” McNabb added. “I told him on my radio show, I said to him, ‘Does anyone tell you you have the speed of a turtle?’ But with his size he does a great job moving in the pocket and getting the ball out, getting it to his guys quickly.”

Kelly’s offense involves a lot of quick passes and delivering the ball in a short amount of time. Foles seems to handle that well. Will he duplicate last year’s numbers in 2014? Probably not, but I’d like to see another season before passing judgment on whether he is the Eagles’ quarterback of the distant future.

Connor Barwin: Nick Foles has the biggest baby maker on the Eagles

Nick-Foles-EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin held a very entertaining Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Monday. Many fans who participate in AMA’s love to litter the chats with inappropriate questions, though the subject doesn’t have to answer them all. Barwin did his best to host an uncensored Q&A.

Crossing Broad highlighted some of Barwin’s best answers for us, but one of them stuck out above all the rest. You might say it stuck out as far as a certain part of Nick Foles’ body allegedly sticks out. We’ll let Barwin and the “lifelong Eagles fan” take it from here.

Question: Lifelong Eagles fan here to the point of being able to rattle off strength and conditioning coaches, practice squad lineman, etc. One factoid I’ll never have access to: Biggest weiner in the locker room? My sleeper picks are Alex ‘Moose Knuckle’ Henery and Nasty Nate Allen. Your astute clarification would be appreciated.

Barwin: Doesn’t the internet know it’s Nick Foles?

I guess the internet knows now. This could either be Barwin’s way of pumping up his young quarterback, or it’s true. Either way, Foles’ lovely fiancee probably isn’t going to be happy. He’s already an NFL quarterback. Now he’s going to be beating girls off of him with a stick. Or…never mind.

Nick Foles and girlfriend Tori Moore are engaged


Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is engaged. He recently proposed to his longtime girlfriend Tori Moore, who played volleyball at Arizona from 2008 to 2011. Foles and Moore met when he was a quarterback at Arizona.

Moore posted a photo on Instagram after Foles proposed, which was passed along by Barstool Sports.


It goes without saying that Foles is on an incredible hot streak after having cemented himself as the Eagles’ starter of the future with an excellent season in 2013. Things appear to be going as well in his personal life as they are on the gridiron.

Foles has two more years remaining on his rookie contract, but the Eagles will likely look to extend him before it expires. At that point, he and Ms. Moore will be very, very wealthy.


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Nick Foles’ dirty block negates DeSean Jackson touchdown (GIF)

Nick-Foles-blockQuarterbacks are very rarely fined in the NFL, but Nick Foles will likely earn himself one this week for a dirty block he threw against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Foles negated a Philadelphia Eagles touchdown when he was called for a crack-back block on Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson.

Coaches often tell quarterbacks not to throw blocks because they could hurt themselves. The block Foles threw is the type that can end a defender’s season. Henderson had no chance of catching the speedy DeSean Jackson, who sprinted into the end zone.

If it’s a dirty play when Ndamukong Suh does it, it’s a dirty play when Foles does it. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

GIF via FanSided

Michael Vick: Nick Foles should remain Eagles’ starter

Nick-Foles-EaglesThe Philadelphia Eagles have been a better team with Nick Foles as their starting quarterback this season. Over the past seven games in which he has appeared, Foles has thrown 16 touchdowns and not a single interception. He has successfully put to rest any speculation about a quarterback controversy when Michael Vick is healthy again. Even Vick himself realizes that.

“In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing so well?” Vick said Thursday during his weekly appearance on 94 WIP radio, via CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank. “I’ve been in this stage before, and I know what it’s like. I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction or put our team or our coaches in a position where they feel like they’re not doing the right thing or I feel like they’re not doing the right thing.”

Foles has made the decision easy. Many people — myself included — thought Chip Kelly’s offense would be better suited for a running quarterback like Vick. Instead, Foles has proven to be far more effective with his accuracy and ability to connect on the deep ball to DeSean Jackson. The incredible play of LeSean McCoy has also helped open things up.

“I thought Nick went out and put on a great performance against the Redskins,” Vick said. “He went out and did everything the coaches asked him to do, and that’s what you want in a must-win game, and that’s what the magnitude of that game was.

“He can potentially be a starter in this league for a long time. It’s just about timing, as of right now. As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to continue to build that case.”

The Eagles have a bye this week, which gives Vick more time to get healthy. It won’t matter, as Foles is in no danger of losing his job against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. Remember all that stuff Marcus Vick said on Twitter when the Eagles struggled against the Dallas Cowboys last month? That was merely a blip on the radar, and Marcus is still an idiot.

Week 10 fantasy pickups include Nick Foles, Rashad Jennings, Aaron Dobson

Nick-Foles-EaglesAs we mentioned last week, you have probably reached or are nearing the trade deadline in your fantasy league. That means the only way to acquire players who can help you down the stretch is by working the waiver wire. We’re here to help out with that as best we can, and there were a couple of players who had breakout performances in Week 9 that can certainly give you a boost in the coming weeks. Here are your Week 10 fantasy football pickups.

Nick Foles, QB, Eagles: The Eagles have had an unprecedented revolving door at quarterback this season, mostly because of injuries. With a seven-touchdown performance against the Raiders on Sunday, you can bet your bottom dollar Foles has secured the job for the immediate future. Foles’ game against Oakland will likely be his best of the season, but he has plenty enough weapons at his disposal to produce at a high level in fantasy formats. DeSean Jackson is having his best season as a pro and LeSean McCoy makes it so teams can’t commit to defending the pass. Philly’s next five games are against the Packers, Redskins, Cardinals, Lions and Vikings. Those matchups lock Foles in as a fantasy starter.

Rashad Jennings, RB, Raiders: Stop me if you’ve heard this before — Darren McFadden is battling a hamstring injury. Run DMC tweaked his already tender hamstring in the second quarter against the Eagles and did not return. Jennings stepped into the feature back role and carried the ball 15 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. He also added 74 yards receiving on seven catches. Philly’s defense is very soft, but Jennings will be handling the bulk of the work for Oakland going forward. The Raiders are unlikely to rush McFadden back this time, as we see what happens when they do.

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Week 7 fantasy pickups include Nick Foles, Joseph Randle, Keenan Allen

Nick-Foles-EaglesA number of fairly significant injuries across the NFL in Week 6 should lead to a fairly hot waiver wire in fantasy football leagues heading into Week 7. With offensive approaches becoming more clear, we are now able to tell which sleepers are for real and which ones will likely turn out to be duds. We’re hoping the players on our Week 7 fantasy pickups list turn out to be studs.

Nick Foles, QB, Eagles: Michael Vick missed Philadelphia’s Week 6 game with a hamstring injury, and as many expected Nick Foles filled in admirably. Foles and Vick split most of the first-team reps throughout training camp, so Foles is plenty familiar with Chip Kelly’s offense. He doesn’t have the running ability that Vick has, but he can compensate for that with his superior passing ability. Foles threw for a combined 497 yards and five touchdowns against the Giants and Buccaneers over the past two weeks. More importantly, he has not thrown an interception. He has a good chance to put up solid fantasy numbers in Chip Kelly’s video-game offense. He should make for a great bye week filler if nothing else.

Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys: Surprise, surprise — Demarco Murray has gone down with an injury. He could miss several weeks with a sprained MCL, and backup running back Phillip Tanner is also injured. As a result, Randle is in line to handle most of the work for the foreseeable future. The rookie out of Oklahoma State ran for just 17 yards on 11 carries Sunday night, but he should make for a viable flex play from a pure volume standpoint. The Cowboys move the ball. Any running back that receives most of the carries in an offense that moves the ball is worth rostering.

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