Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles entered the NFL record books by throwing seven touchdown passes and putting on one of the best-ever all-around performances by a quarterback.
406 yards passing. Seven touchdowns. Completed 22 of 28 passes. Perfect QB rating of 158.3. Averaged 14.5 yards per attempt and over 18 yards per completion. And all of this was done before the end of the third quarter!
Foles was confident, decisive, and accurate as he absolutely destroyed an Oakland defense that was ranked 10th overall in yards and 12th in points heading into Week 9.
However, amid all of the excitement over Foles’ record-tying performance, there are some folks out there who are trying to minimize it by saying it’s a product of NFL rules that favor offenses and handicap defenses.
I mean, when Peyton Manning did it in Week 1 this season, everyone chalked it up to that just being Peyton Manning.
But when some guy named Nick Foles does it there must be something wrong with the NFL rules and the direction the game is headed. If Nick friggin Foles can do it, anyone can, right?
Today, while basking in euphoria of Foles’ performance and debating whether or not to do my weekly WTF and WTG awards for the game, I had the displeasure of scrolling past two articles on my Twitter feed…
While Manning’s achievement didn’t raise eyebrows, Foles’ record effort should.
While football fans – and fantasy players, in particular – tend to love the big numbers produced by the passing game, there is a point where this goes from obscene to meaningless. Sure, Foles is a nice prospect and perhaps one day he will prove that he’s this good.
Somehow I doubt it. Instead, these kinds of games are a product of rule changes and adjustments that make the art of offense more rudimentary than expert. Manning throwing seven touchdown passes makes sense. A second-year man who lost to Michael Vick in training camp and got hammered by Dallas two weeks ago … that shouldn’t happen.
Then there is this gem from “NFL National Lead Writer” Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report:
Foles’ Record Means Nothing. It’s Garbage. Because Defense in the NFL Is Garbage
In tying the NFL record for touchdowns in a game with seven, what Foles did was take advantage of today’s NFL. That isn’t hard. You know why it isn’t hard? Because Nick freaking Foles did it.
These are some of the quarterbacks who have thrown seven touchdowns in a game: Y.A. Tittle—Hall of Famer. George Blanda—Hall of Famer. Joe Kapp—only player to quarterback in the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl and Grey Cup. And Peyton Manning—future Hall of Famer. Maybe you’ve heard of him.
Then Nick Foles. Which name doesn’t belong on that list?
My initial reaction to Freeman’s article (which I saw first) was: You know why writing drivel for a web site whose only goal is page views is so easy? Because Mike freaking Freeman can do it!
<sorry, I used to actually write for Bleacher Report and while there are some decent writers on there, my experience with them led me to believe they cared more about shock value and page views more-so than meaningful content>
Jason Cole? He is a nationally known writer and I actually really like National Football Post.
Okay, these guys make fair points because I’ve often questioned all of the rule changes made by the NFL that completely favor the offense. I’ve also worried that these changes will eventually water-down the sport.
However, we shouldn’t use Foles’ performance as the catalyst for such discussion. Foles deserves his moment in the sun.
He is only the seventh QB in NFL history to accomplish such a feat and is in some pretty good company with the others who have done it (except for Adrian Burk, an unknown QB who, coincidentally, did it while playing for the Eagles in 1954).
If this was “so easy”, why haven’t players like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees done it yet? These guys have had all-star casts at the skill position at one point or another and yet they’ve never done it.
No matter what these crap-on-Foles’-parade nimrods say, this was nothing less than a great game by a young player who had the ability to catch lightning in a bottle for at least one day. He was “in the zone” and the stars aligned for such a performance.
Why minimize it? Enjoy it for what it is and give some credit to the guy who accomplished a rare feat.
It’s almost the equivalent of the folks who point out that, when Dez Bryant shows emotion on the sideline it’s seen as an immature tirade, but when Tom Brady does it it’s “leadership.”
So when Peyton Manning throws seven TD passes it’s just because he’s that good, but when Foles does it it’s a product of the NFL rules. If that’s the case, then I actually think this feat proves to be more impressive by Foles.
These same rules apply to every quarterback every single week. Manning is in the argument as the best QB to ever play and has an all-star cast in Denver…why isn’t he throwing seven touchdowns every week?
Hell, if Nick freaking Foles can do it, surely Manning, Brees and Brady should be doing it almost weekly if you use the logic of Mike Freeman and Jason Cole.
Look, at the end of the day, I’m not saying Foles is the next Hall-of-Fame QB and that the current NFL rules don’t favor offenses. I’m just saying stop crapping on his parade. Give credit where credit is due and allow Foles to enjoy his time in the sun.
In reality, things will get back to normal this Sunday when the Eagles take on the Green Bay Packers. Or maybe they won’t, maybe if we listen to Cole and Freeman we can expect Foles to throw another seven TD passes.
Because, you know, it’s easy.