Sensing a few people jumping off the Foles bandwagon. He had a rough game against a good defense, but let’s not get crazy (i.e. suggesting a trade for Kirk Cousins.) Figured I’d add a little perspective on what rookie QBs often look like. Below are the first year QB ratings and TD/INT ratios for each QB (first year = first year with significant playing time).
Alex Smith – 74.8 rating, 16/16
Peyton Manning – 71.2, 26/28
Drew Brees – 76.9, 17/16
Joe Flacco – 80.3, 14/12
Eli Manning – 75.9, 24/17
Obviously there are first year QBs that have done much better, but the point is that it really isn’t rare for QBs to improve dramatically from their early performance. I’m not suggesting Foles is going to be Manning/Brees, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that giving Foles the starting gig next year is a smart play (not just because he is the only real option).
At this point, here’s what we know:
Foles has prototypical size for a QB. He is very accurate on short-medium throws. He has trouble spotting his deep throws. He’s very slow but moves very well in the pocket.
It’s not much, but it’s enough that I’m intrigued to see what he can do with an upgraded line and starting-caliber weapons. He’s obviously going to be a focus of the Game Rewind the next two weeks, but for now there’s no reason to be anything but hopeful about his potential.