In honor Nick Foles being named #70 on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players we'll dedicate #16 of the ChipWagon Top 25 to our newly crowned franchise QB. Of course until Nick can prove for another season, and earn a long-term contract with the Eagles, the debate around Nick Foles' 2013 season will rage on. Seems Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com is the latest of doubters:
If you want to crown Nick Foles now, then crown him. But he is not who you think he is. Not yet anyhow.
After 11 starts, we know that Foles has great numbers. But he often doesn't play to his box score when you turn on Game Rewind. Foles benefited from fantastic pass protection and a quarterback-friendly scheme around him. He took advantage of his surroundings with good decision-making and a surprisingly accurate deep ball.
Foles was usually not the primary reason Philadelphia won games. One typical example: TheEagles beat a very good Arizona team despite Foles not being sharp. (Carson Palmer was mostly better that day.) Foles was a cog in the bigger Eagles offensive machine, which is a sign of good coaching. The Eagles tried not to ask him to do too much.
I'm not sure naming Nick Foles #70 after the phenomeonal 2013 season he put up is "crowning him". There are still 10 QBs yet to be named on that list. QB is the premier position in the league. Of course guys that register 27 TDs and 2 INTs in 10 starts are going to get some recognition. Rosenthal is acting as though Foles made the Top 10 on this list.
Also, anyone who finds that 2nd paragraph a little contradictory, raise your hand. I also like how he used one game as a "typical" example. So does that mean I can use the Raiders game to simply counteract that argument? Also, should I point out that the Cardinals had a top 10 defense last year, one of the best run defenses in the NFL, and an excellent pressure defense. The Cardinals defense was Top 10 in points allowed, run defense, sacks, and INTs. The held Lesean McCoy to one of his lowest outputs of the season all day and Foles got pummeled for 5 sacks.