Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed Mark Sanchez, there is growing speculation that Nick Foles could be traded – possibly to St. Louis.
Foles took the NFL by storm in 2013, throwing for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 13 games. He followed that up, however, with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in eight erratic games this past season.
What’s an honest evaluation of Foles outside of a Chip Kelly offense?
“I think he’s a backup,” Yahoo! Sports NFL analyst Shaun King said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I don’t think he’s an average starter. When you look at the Arizona film and you take into account his entire career there, you knew he was playing far above his true talent level when he came in two years ago and had that run. You knew he was going to regress from that. I think I see the same things this year that I saw in Arizona: a hesitancy to throw the ball in rhythm and on time and an inability to really take chances and capitalize when plays are there. It’s something that really jumped off the tape for me at Arizona, and it’s something that I think I saw a lot of last year, and it’s why people were kind of excited that Mark Sanchez got the chance to play.”
Foles and Sanchez had remarkably similar stats last season. In 309 attempts, Sanchez completed 64.1 percent of his passes, averaged 251.9 yards per game and had 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In 311 attempts, Foles completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 261.1 yards per games and – as mentioned – 13 touchdowns and 10 picks. The one glaring difference was sacks; Sanchez took 23, while Foles took just nine.
Still, King believes that Sanchez is “absolutely” better than Foles.
“I don’t think Sanchez is one of the top 30 quarterbacks in the NFL, (but) I think Sanchez is better than Nick Foles,” King said. “I think he brings a little more athleticism. I think he throws a better deep ball. And even though he’s as inconsistent as Foles, I just think those two things make him a little bit better. But I don’t think you have a chance to win a championship with either one of those guys as your starter.”
The same could probably be said for Sam Bradford – mainly because he’s missed 15 games in the last three seasons. If Bradford, 27, can stay healthy, what’s his ceiling?
“Well, I don’t believe he can get healthy,” King said. “He struggled with injuries a lot at Oklahoma as well, so this isn’t something that popped up just since he got to St. Louis. I think the alarming thing for me is if you take away the injuries and just evaluate the actual time he’s been available, you still are unsure.”
Bradford played all 16 games in 2013. He completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 3,702 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
“It’s not like he’s been Andrew Luck when he’s healthy and then he’s gotten hurt,” King said. “Even though he’s had a couple stretches of games where he’s played well, he’s backed it up with a couple of stretches where he does some puzzling things. So I think if you’re St. Louis, you’ve done such a good job of creating a talented roster in other places, you need to have a legitimate competition for him. I don’t think that’s Nick Foles, but I think you need to go out and find someone.”
That someone, King said, could be Michael Vick, who turns 35 in June.
“People laugh at Michael Vick,” King said, “but I’ll tell you this: When Vick played in Philly with Chip Kelly before he got hurt, he was playing at a pretty high level. So I think you got to go and find someone that allows you a chance to actually win games if Bradford gets injured again.”