No, the Eagles Should Not Trade Nick Foles Now

No, the Eagles Should Not Trade Nick Foles Now

You may have heard the chatter on talk radio or in some shallow corner of the internet. Rich Hoffman wrote what I’m sure is a thoughtful piece (behind a subscriber wall) on the topic today for the Daily News.

Since Nick Foles failed to overtake Michael Vick in the Eagles’ quarterback competition, the team should just trade him.

Hofmann seems to believe Foles’ value will never be higher, and since nobody thinks the Birds are contenders this year anyway, the organization might as well cash in their chips so to speak. I suppose the logic for others is Foles had his shot, he lost, so Chip Kelly should pass him over in favor of Matt Barkley for the next opportunity.

Any of which seems incredibly short-sighted. But just for starters, where does this idea Foles has such tremendous trade value come from?

Perhaps this is a case where people have a tendency to overrate their own players. I can’t imagine there is a front office willing to surrender more than or even as much as the third-round pick the Eagles used on Foles last year, not for a largely unproven quarterback with one career win in the NFL , a quarterback who just lost an open competition at that. If he wasn’t worth that pick to teams in 2012, what has he done to demonstrate he’s worth it now?

Even if a head coach or GM sees some promise in Foles, or they’re simply desperate for a QB, would they actually be able to get the kid ready to start by Week 1? We’re not talking about some veteran who’s been around the block a few times, just hand him the playbook and send him out to the field. That sounds like a surefire way to ruin a young player to me. With a developing player like Foles, ideally you'd want him to go through camp and learn the offense first. And if he’s not going to be ready to play right away this year, why is anybody giving something up for him then?

That just doesn’t seem like a realistic option to me, short of giving Foles away – which I can’t imagine why anybody would want to do that.

Oh, sure, Vick is the starter right now. We’ll no doubt ride a wave of excitement leading up to September 9, with talk of how perfectly he fits Chip’s offense, what an amazing athlete is, how he was able to reinvent himself once again. The optimism around the Birds will feel like a breath of fresh air to be honest.

But how soon until Vick is injured again, and the next man has to step up? How soon before Vick begins to get sloppy with the football, when defenses start figuring him out?

Maybe neither of those scenarios plays out this time. Maybe Vick finally has everything figured out.

Maybe, but history suggests otherwise. The 30 snaps Vick has played during the preseason are not enough to erase 10 years of a career. The Eagles need to have another quarterback ready

From what I’ve seen, that’s not Barkley. I’m not sure what his future holds, but right now I see a kid who is clearly a few steps behind Vick and Foles. He’s made some nice throws, but it’s not like he’s been chewing up defenses – not at practice, not against backups using vanilla schemes in exhibition games. The game still moves a bit too fast for him right now. There is no sense in rushing him into action this season. He’s not ready. Maybe he never will be.

So why shouldn’t Foles get another opportunity if the situation comes to that? It’s not like he played himself out of the job. Vick has been explosive, nearly flawless, whereas Foles has merely looked capable. Capable is good though. If he gets on the field and the offense starts clicking, Kelly may never be able to pull him out of there.

It doesn’t have to be over for Foles in Philadelphia. If there were a team that was willing to knock their socks off, of course Howie Roseman has to listen. I don’t envision Foles is that much of a commodity around the NFL though, perhaps less so in August than he would be during the offseason. Plus, the Eagles will be in real trouble when it doesn’t work out with Vick and they only have Barkley to turn to.

Keep Foles around. At the very least, he is a competent backup. Who knows, he could be more. Chances are nobody is giving up a valuable draft pick for Nick Foles at this stage, so what is the advantage to moving him exactly?

No. 16 Villanova vs. No. 23 Albany: With or without Bednarczyk, can Wildcats rebound?


No. 16 Villanova vs. No. 23 Albany: With or without Bednarczyk, can Wildcats rebound?

No. 16 Villanova (5-2, 3-1) vs. No. 23 Albany (4-2, 1-2)
Villanova Stadium, Villanova, Pa.
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Fresh off a rare loss, Villanova looks to get back on track during its homecoming game against another nationally ranked foe. Here’s a look at the matchup:

Scouting Villanova
The Wildcats saw their five-game winning streak snapped in resounding fashion as they were shut out for the first time since 2004 in a 23-0 loss to Richmond. Sophomore quarterback Zach Bednarczyk left the game in the second quarter with an injury, a big reason why the Wildcats finished with just 222 yards of total offense. But despite the final score, Villanova’s defense played well again with Austin Calitro and Rob Rolle each hitting double digits in tackles. The unit is ranked fifth in the FCS in scoring defense (16.3 points per game) and sixth in total defense (237.9 yards per game) and has scored four defensive touchdowns.

Scouting Albany
After winning their first four games, the Great Danes lost their next two, a 36-30 triple-overtime heartbreaker to Richmond followed by a 20-16 setback to Maine. Sophomore quarterback Neven Sussman led Albany with 187 passing yards and 75 rushing yards. But for the season, their offensive strength has been with sophomore running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, who’s second in the CAA in rushing, averaging 105 yards per game. Albany’s defense is only behind Villanova in points allowed per game (19.3) in the CAA, but interestingly enough is last in total defense (420.2 yards per game). The Great Danes lead the league in turnover margin (plus-15), led by linebacker Michael Nicastro and safety Mason Gray with three interceptions apiece.

Series history
Villanova has only played Albany twice, beating the Great Danes, 48-31, in 2014 and steamrolling it, 37-0, last season. 

Storyline to watch
The big question going in is whether Bednarczyk will play with Villanova saying it will be a game-time decision after the QB suffered a concussion last week. If he can’t go, Adeyemi DaSilva will get the start in his place after replacing him in the second quarter vs. Richmond. DaSilva is a promising player but Bednarczyk was coming into his own this season and his absence would naturally be a difficult one. Of course, the Wildcats have been through this before with Bednarczyk taking over as the starter last season when star John Robertson went down with an injury of his own.

What’s at stake?
Villanova still has a chance to win the CAA but probably can’t afford a second loss in the league. And of course, there’s nothing better than winning in front of a homecoming crowd.

A lot depends on whether Bednarczyk can play … but even if he doesn’t, the Wildcats’ dominant defense may be enough to get the job done. 

Villanova 20, Albany 17

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

MIAMI — A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

The singer was identified by the Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear if she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.

Heat players and coaches stood side-by-side for the anthem, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.

"We felt as a basketball team that we would do something united, so that was our focus," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue. We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand for its playing. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports -- and many levels, from youth all the way to professional -- have followed his lead in various ways.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in New York earlier Friday, at a news conference following the league's board of governors meetings. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."