Andy Reid talks up Nick Foles


Eagles coach Andy Reid thinks rookie quarterback Nick Foles is going to be a valuable commodity in Philadelphia some day. The only question is whether that will be on the field in an Eagles uniform, or in a trade.

Foles has been working with the No. 2 offense while Michael Vick’s primary backup, Mike Kafka, is out with a broken hand. Reid said he likes what he sees from the third-round draft pick.

I think what you look at with any rookie is, are they getting better every day?” Reid said. “He seems to be doing that and is more comfortable. We’ve got a load of plays in for him and he’s able to recite those properly. Now it is just making sure he’s got everybody down and that comes with reps but I would tell you we knew he was smart coming in and he hasn’t disappointed us in that area. He’s a pretty sharp kid, very diligent, works hard, and all of those things.”

Reid may genuinely be impressed with Foles, but that doesn’t mean he’s planning on Foles contributing on the field for the Eagles some day. As Reid has shown again and again and again in Philadelphia, he knows how to find value in quarterbacks by trading them to other teams: In Reid’s time in Philadelphia, the Eagles have received a second-round pick from the Dolphins for A.J. Feeley, a sixth-round pick from the Vikings for Kelly Holcomb, a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick from the Redskins for Donovan McNabb, and a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Kevin Kolb. The Eagles ended up getting the better end of all of those trades.

So when Reid speaks highly of Foles, he may just be getting the word out early that teams looking to overpay for a quarterback in a trade should keep him in mind.

Or Reid may genuinely believe Foles is the Eagles’ next starter, whenever Vick’s time is done. In which case it’s just a matter of time before Reid fleeces some team in a trade for Kafka.

46 responses to “Andy Reid talks up Nick Foles

  1. All I know is he will finally see what perfection at the QB position looks like when he faces the Redskins and RGIII sweeps his team this season brother!

  2. Foles was projected as a late 1st round pick had he come out during his junior season. His senior season was up and down and really hurt his stock but he still was highly thought of at one point and he’s still the same guy that many had projected so high.

    He’s got great size, a good arm, decent athleticism. If he works as hard as Reid says he does, perhaps Reid is looking at Foles as the next starter for the team. Michael Vick is clearly entering his last effective seasons as a starter and now is the perfect time to start grooming the starter of the future.

  3. Amazing what this organization can do with quarterbacks. Based on the trade values they get, and their success while IN the Eagles system, they’re truly able to maximize a QB.

  4. If you asked Reid about the water coolers at camp, he spend five minutes telling you how great they were. Then he would trade them to the Redskins for a second round draft pick and they would all leak.

  5. All this talk. We have to see much more of Foles. However, no can say he didn’t look good in his first game ever. Personally, I love his size and arm strength. I ll go out and say, I think the kid is the real deal in the forseeable future. What improvement has Kafka made? I guess we will find out. So far not much if any.

  6. hollywoodhulkhogansays says:
    Aug 17, 2012 8:26 AM
    All I know is he will finally see what perfection at the QB position looks like when he faces the Redskins and RGIII sweeps his team this season brother!

    Hey, I don’t fault you for having dreams Hulk, as a Redskins fan who’s watched his team finish last every year for the better part of a decade and a half, I’d dream too if I was you.

  7. The horse swindle will be when they trade Vick after next year like they unloaded McDunce. He was too stupid to pick up either Minn/Wash offenses, and too lazy to study. Oh yeah where is McSlob now????? Four teams wanted him, camps over and so is his career. Hahahahahahahaha

  8. monosylab1k says:Aug 17, 2012 8:22 AM

    I’d rather have Foles in two years than Vick.

    I’d rather have Foles THIS year than Vick!! :mrgreen:

  9. udontknowjacku says:
    Aug 17, 2012 8:18 AM
    Dream Team!!!

    My God, that is so funny…….12 months ago! I’m afraid if your looking for the 2013 “dream team”, we’ve handed that title back to it’s rightful owner….THE REDSKINS! HAIL TO LAST PLACE….AGAIN!

  10. What they didn’t include in the article were the remarks Reid made toward the end of the interview, directed towards the Arizona Cardinals:

    “So Ken, I hear that Kolb kid isn’t working out so well for you, tough break. Anyways, I’d be happy to set you up with Foles, all it’ll take is Patrick Peterson and two first-round picks, trust me, this is the quarterback for you: sharp kid, hard worker, low mileage, and he only had one previous owner… James Bond.”

  11. Can we please not trade Foles?

    He looked really good through camp and the first preseason game.

    Granted, Im not ready to name him heir apparent yet…but if he can learn for 2 seasons he has some tools that we havent seen in Philadelphia in a looong time.

    I have zero faith in Kafka or Richardson. Im almost ready to name Foles #2 just because Kafka has shown almost nothing to keep him around.

  12. Only question is which idiot GM is going to be the next one to be snookered by Reid? The fact that GMs keep trading away picks for Reid’s table scraps is hysterical. Hysterical until my favorite team is the one getting snookered.

  13. Andy Reid is smart, he will trade this kid like he did loser Kolb. Some confused organization like the Cardinals will pay for a Ford Focus for the price of a Vette. You play one good game and now you are the next hot QB. Kolb showed you that. At least he is getting paid well as a backup.

  14. Does any one really believe anything Reid says about a QB anymore? Kolb was awesome, remember? The most potential of any QB he’s seen.

    You can tell Reid lying when his lips move.

  15. Actually Kolb was very good in relief role. Dont know what your talking about how he was bad in a relief role? Thats where he made Andy think that McNabb was expendable

  16. Attn: Arizona (or any team that is QB needy) – Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  17. This guy is no Kevin Kolb. He’s a big, strong kid with a big arm and can get the ball out fast without making the line hold their blocks alll day. Not a big runner, but the Reid offense is for a pocket passer. Foles could succeed Vick, either sooner or later. Kafka’s injury was timely, since, with Reid’s stubborness, he would have started Kafka when Vick is out, rather than put in Foles because Kafka knows the offense better right now even though he can’t play the position. Foles has the ability to be a starter one day. Reid only gets rid of guys who he knows can’t play. A master manipulator and spin doctor.

  18. you know what Andy Reid can’t do with a quarterback? win a superbowl.. and for all the foggy headed fans who think this is the year

  19. Kafka for a fleece – that’s about right. Vest or pullover will do.. Let’s see if we can get one in Foles’ size….

  20. Bait & Switch Andy, when somebody comes around looking for a QB, talk up Foles, but at the last minute give em Vick!

  21. Sure with Skins would have drafted this guy instead of RGIII – we may be in for a rough few years. brother.




  24. Maybe everyone should let foles play more than 1 quarter. he had a td against a def where the receiver fell down and a nice pass against a receiver who’ll be asking regular or super sized in a week. he ‘s not very mobil. think kafka with a better arm. they both stink but one of the turds just smells less.

  25. Kafka has a better arm? Your an idiot. Kafka will be cut because a 2 year old can throw harder.

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