Adding insult to injury, reports have surfaced that the Philadelphia Eagles may not view Nick Foles as their long-term answer at the quarterback position. The negative whispers come just days after Foles went down with a broken collarbone, while the rumors suggest Philly was already “soured” on Foles as it’s franchise passer before the injury.

Foles, No More?

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Eagles GM Howie Roseman was starting to lose faith in Foles even before his week nine injury and is “looking at quarterbacks” according to a league source.

It’s an interesting development, but at this point not an overly shocking one. The team has been in search of it’s next franchise passer ever since trading Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins several years ago. Once they realized neither Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb were the right successor, the team pulled the trigger on Foles, an Arizona pocket passer with the ability to attack defenses deep.

Serious Regression

Foles came on strong in relief of an injured Vick in 2013, displaying solid pocket presence and a penchant for big plays. His willingness to take chances helped him put up a remarkable 27:2 touchdown to interception ratio, but a significant regression dating back to the summer has many thinking his stellar play from a year ago is a direct result of head coach Chip Kelly’s high-octane system.

That could easily be the case, especially considering veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez stepped up in relief last week and tosses two touchdowns along with 200+ yards in roughly a half of play.

Foles, on the other hand, struggled with timing, accuracy and turnovers throughout the year before getting hurt and suddenly didn’t look like the realiable starter he was a year ago. Going into a contract year in 2015, analysts are now wondering if Foles will receive a new contract from the Eagles at all. Should Philly decide Foles is indeed not the answer, that doesn’t seem likely.

Cue the Draft Rumors

If the Eagles truly are done with Foles, the buzz around the 2015 NFL Draft will be ablaze fairly soon, especially since Kelly’s former stud at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, will without a doubt be the top quarterback prospect in the draft. He’d be a great option for any team in search of a quarterback, but he’d be a perfect fit for Philly, since he ran their offense in college under Kelly. It might take a huge trade for the Eagles to move up and secure Mariota, but it’s something that could be in the cards come May’s draft.

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