Originally written on Eagles Eye  |  Last updated 11/11/14
The dream is over for now...the Andy Reid era has definitely run its course... And for those of you who held out hope that Nick Foles might be the next Dan Marino or Joe Flacco..."fagetaboudit".... The Eagles (3-7)  are toast going through the motions now.  Foles is terrible. Mike Vick is virtually finished as a professional athlete due to horrendous concussion symptoms that may medically terminate his NFL career. The Eagles need a complete makeover. Even All-Pro running back Shady McCoy is under observation as we speak for concussion syndrome... We are done in 2012.  Expect a house-cleaning very soon. Oh, you can keep throwing Foles out there to "gain experience", but the results will be the same or similar to the drubbing given to us by the Redskins on a Waterloo afternoon at FedEx Field... The Eagles are officially a very bad team. And Nick Foles is a joke. And don't blame the Birds' offensive line for Foles' horrible performance against a weak Redskins' defense--- Foles just didn't and does not have what it takes to size up the required moves to win in the NFL. He just isn't that good.       Foles thrown to the turf again...and again... and again...             McCoy knocked out in a meaningless series at the end of the game... Washington's rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, was 14-for-15 for 200 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 85 yards on 11 carries. Griffin is a spectacular player, there is no doubt, and he likely won you your fantasy football game this week if you started him. But his performance against the Eagles' defense was par for the recent course. Over the past four games, since the Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replaced him with Todd Bowles, opposing quarterbacks are 76-for-97 for 901 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions against the Eagles' defense. Fact is, Griffin made some horrible decisions in the pocket, and got away with some horrible mistakes...basically because the Eagles defense was even worse than Griffin was... Griffin completed touchdown passes of 6, 17, 49 and 61 yards in the game. The 49-yarder to Aldrick Robinson was an embarrasing breakdown in coverage between Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and safety Nate Allen, who left Robinson incredibly alone in the end zone. The 61-yarder was a heave-ho into double coverage on which Santana Moss made a great, tough catch and fought his way into the end zone against overmatched Eagles safeties Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen. Griffin was smart and skilled enough to spot major weaknesses in the Eagles' secondary, and he took advantage of them...I guess. No, I take that back---Griffin was lucky...he should have been picked at least three times in this game... The Eagles' corners and safeties were always just a beat off the coverage and definitely a beat off in communication. Third-round pick Nick Foles made his first career start at quarterback for the Eagles, who were playing without injured starter Michael Vick. Foles looked like a shaky third-round rookie, throwing two first-quarter interceptions and struggling for rhythm and consistency against one of the worst pass defenses in the league. It sounds as though Vick will be out for a while, so Foles is likely to get another start next week against Carolina, and at this point it would seem sensible for the Eagles to get him some experience and find out what he can do before they make a decision about where to go at quarterback in the offseason. But I've already seen enough of Foles.  He is not worthy. I remember watching every game of Joe Flacco's rookie season in Baltimore in 2008. Flacco had his moments of doubt and pain, but he always seemed to have a grasp of game situation and down and distance. Foles has neither. Flacco dug himself out of holes in his rookie year; Foles will just dig them deeper. Foles is simply not up to the task of playing behind a protection scheme that is not pristine. Welcome to the NFL, Shaggy...Nothing personal, but it takes a special mindset to figure things out fast enough to survive and thrive at the NFL quarterback level of competence. Foles, you just don't have it. Nice try, though...But using  the excuse that your OL protection is lacking is just a tool of incompetence, as Mike Tomlin would say.  You made horrible throws and horrible plays based upon horrible decisions--- and that is on you, not your O-Line. When Foles did manage to get a pass off uncontested, it was usually too far to the left or right of his target---leaving Eagles receivers defenseless against the hit that was about to come---or worse, leading them right into a collision. Hang 'em High, as Clint Eastwood would say... This was probably the worst exhibition of QB play I have seen from an Eagles offense since the days of ...wow, I can't go back far enough.  I could go back as far as Pete Liske in 1971...but even he was better. Team Stat Comparison   PHI   WSH   1st Downs 16 15 Passing 1st downs 10 7 Rushing 1st downs 2 7 1st downs from Penalties 4 1 3rd down efficiency 7-19 5-11 4th down efficiency 0-1 0-1 Total Plays 71 51 Total Yards 257 361 Yards per play 3.6 7.1 Total Drives 11 13 Passing 177 192 Comp - Att 21-46 14-15 Yards per pass 3.8 12.8 Interceptions thrown 2 0 Sacks - Yards Lost 4-27 2-8 Rushing 80 169 Rushing Attempts 21 34 Yards per rush 3.8 5.0 Red Zone (Made-Att) 0-1 2-4 Penalties 9-70 13-80 Turnovers 3 0 Fumbles lost 1 0 Interceptions thrown 2 0 Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0 Possession 31:24 28:36  
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