How Will The Patriots Plan For The Multiple Versions of Nick Foles?
The backup QB can be unpredictable.
On paper, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is the definition of inconsistency. He replaced Carson Wentz in Week 14 after Wentz suffered a left-ACL injury that took him out for the rest of the season. During his first full outing, Foles threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns, a 34-29 win over the Giants. But then, he completed just half his passes for 163 yards in a 19-10 defeat against the Raiders and had a horrible first half in a 6-0 loss to the Cowboys: 4 of 11 passing, 39 yards, one interception. But then, he completely turned it around with a 15-10 divisional-round win over the Falcons, completing 23 of 30 throws for 246 yards. And of course, he played the best game of his life against the Vikings, securing the Eagles a spot in Super Bowl LII. His whole career has shown these inconsistencies, which is partially why teams made him a backup QB. But the scouting report on Foles, until Sunday, has been straightforward. But on Sunday, Foles threw a 53-yard touchdown to Alshon Jeffrey. And then there was an 11-yard completion to Zach Ertz on third-and-10 when Foles quickly climbed a crumbling pocket against a zone blitz. All this will complicate Bill Belichick’s plan for the Patriots. Belichick must decide: how much does he game-plan for the Foles he’s seen most often and how much for the Foles he’s seen most recently?
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