Nick Foles and the Future of the Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles suffered a crack in his collarbone against the Houston Texans Sunday, leaving the team in purgatory between playoffs and an unsuccessful season.

The injury makes Foles unable to play for the next 6-8 weeks, according to ESPN.com. Mark Sanchez, notorious for the “butt-fumble” that put him number one on SportsCenter’s “Not Top 10” for 40 consecutive weeks, replaces him as the starter. (video of the butt-fumble below)

       Foles isn’t the only player on the Eagles, but he plays a key role in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense. Players like running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will look to help Sanchez in the next upcoming weeks.

However, Eagles fans shouldn’t look to the past when thinking of the team’s future success. At least, when it comes to making the playoffs this year. After Foles was injured, Sanchez completed 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards, threw two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.

These statistics aren’t terrible for a quarterback that hasn’t started a game since 2012. However, the last time Sanchez started, he was benched by Jets head coach Rex Ryan after throwing three interceptions. Another distinct fact about the last time Sanchez started, he had the worst QBR in the NFL at 25.8, according to ESPN.com

So, is it time to worry for Eagles fans?

Not quite yet. The Eagles sit at the top of the NFC East division with a record of 6-2, right in front of the Dallas Cowboys who are 6-3. The Eagles play the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football Nov. 10. It will be a key game on how Sanchez can handle the speed of Chip Kelly’s offense as a starter.

Key Career Quarterback Statistics

Nick Foles                                                                                                    

  • Completion Percentage: 61.6%
  • Passing Yards:  6,753
  • Career Touchdowns: 46
  • Career Interceptions: 17
  • Career Fumbles: 10
  • Quarterback Rating: 94.1

Mark Sanchez

  • Completion Percentage: 55.2%
  • Passing Yards: 12,294
  • Career Touchdowns: 70
  • Career Interceptions: 71
  • Career Fumbles: 26
  • Quarterback Rating: 71.9

*All statistics according to ESPN.com

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