Nick Foles Has Fan in ESPN’s Trent Dilfer

Chip Kelly Nick Foles SnowNick Foles and Chip Kelly gave a glimpse in 2013 of what the future could look like for the Philadelphia Eagles, a future that ESPN's Trent Dilfer believes is bright. (Image courtesy of

Trent Dilfer knows a thing or two about playing quarterback in the NFL, having won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, and he's a big fan of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles

During a conference call earlier this week previewing the NFL's Divisional round of the playoffs, Dilfer praised Foles following a historic second-season for the Eagles quarterback which ended with a wild card weekend loss to the New Orleans Saints

"I look at Nick Foles having a tremendous career in Philly," Dilfer said. "Not just a good one, a tremendous one."

In his second NFL season, and first under head coach Chip Kelly, Foles accounted for 30 total touchdowns this season including two touchdown passes in his first career NFL playoff start, 27 during touchdown tosses during the regular season and only two interceptions. By year's end, Foles finished with the highest quarterback rating in the league at 119.2.

By the way, Foles' passer rating is the third highest in the history of the NFL. 

"I don't believe this year was a fluke by any stretch of the imagination," Dilfer said.

Because of his sound decision making, efficiency, quick release and general football acumen, it isn't surprising to see Foles succeeding in Kelly's uptempo offense. In fact, Foles appears most comfortable when the Eagles are operating at a near torrid pace. 

"So much of this offense is about having a quick mind," Dilfer said. "Nick does a great job with that."
Dilfer says that Foles should be considered the Eagles franchise quarterback moving forward, but that there is always room for improvement, especially under the watchful eye of the coaches film. 

"If there's a hole in his game, it's that he can be methodical at times," Dilfer said. "If he can get a little more twitch, the term I always use is sudden, a little more suddenness in his game, it'll just help him that much more."

Matt Lombardo is the Editor-In-Chief of Eagledelphia and also an on-air personality on 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Join the conversation and follow Matt on Twitter.


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