Based on the flurry of media hype and the fans’ overly-excited response to his two touchdown performance last Thursday, Nick Foles has rocketed up the Training Camp Darling tote board. I swear to God, the Eagles Ministry of Truth must issue directives to the local beat writers designating the topic and tone of their articles. Here’s your daily propaganda from Paul Domowitch.
Don’t get me wrong, I love these types of articles, but we have to keep all this in perspective. If Nick Foles gets any level of extended playing time this season, it will have likely been because the Eagles season crashed, burned, and sank to the bottom of the ocean.
However, buying long-term on the kid seems like a good idea. Marty Mornhinweg sure likes what he’s seen so far:
“He’s got an opportunity to be a heckuva quarterback at some point,” said Mornhinweg, the Eagles’ offensive coordinator. “He’s smart. He’s talented. He picked the offense up at a pretty good rate here.
Holy shit, he dropped a ‘heckuva’ there, this kid must be friggin’ good. I’ve also heard he’s a tough sumabitch. More from Mornhinweg:
“His accuracy has been really good. If you see an errant ball on occasion, in most of those cases, it’s because he was unfamiliar with the play and he wasn’t staying true to his read or his progression, and then all of a sudden, he has to throw the ball away or the pass-rush gets to him and he’s errant because he wasn’t quite quick enough. But I have felt very comfortable with him when he knows exactly what he’s doing in a particular play. I think he’s executed at a high level. His challenge is the whole offense and getting all those reps, because it appears he’s quite a natural player.”
I like to have a couple pops on Saturday nights during the college football season. Getting drunk while listening to Brent Musburger do play-by-play drunk. Well, I caught a number of Foles-led Arizona games over the past couple years, and I always was impressed with the guy. He passed the early eyeball test (scientific!) in ways Kevin Kolb and Mike Kafka never did. Mornhinweg sums up the sentiment I have for Foles in the following comment:
“I liked him before we drafted him,’ and in the first minicamp, I liked him even more. And when we started this (training) camp, I liked him even more. And after his first preseason game, I like him even more.”
Here’s to hoping the like-fest will someday turn into a full-on sloppy love-fest.