Film breakdown: Nick Foles’ pocket presence

At the 2012 NFL Combine, Nick Foles ran a 5.14 second 40 yard dash.  Of the 14 quarterbacks that participated in that drill, Foles finished dead last.  Yesterday against the Buccaneers, we saw Foles’ complete lack of speed on his 10 yard TD run in the 2nd quarter.  Foles’ snail-like run prompted some funny reactions on Twitter, with these two being my personal favorites:



Nick Foles will never be mistaken for Michael Vick in terms of foot speed.  However, foot speed should not be confused with mobility and pocket presence, which Foles displayed yesterday afternoon in Tampa.  Let’s look at 5 plays from yesterday’s game when Foles did a good job evading pressure and making a play.

Play #1:

The first play was on 3rd and 4.  Foles takes a 7 step drop, and both DEs gain the edge on OTs King Dunlap and Dennis Kelly.  Foles drop may have actually dropped too deep here, but for now we’ll let that go:

Foles 1

The two DEs converge on Foles, but look at Foles’ head.  It never comes off the action down the field:

Continued at the Allentown Morning Call…

Also, Tommy and I recorded a show this morning.  We recapped the Eagles-Bucs game, talked about a few head coaching candidates, and debated whether or not Nick Foles would win 10 Super Bowls, or just 7-8.


  1. Todd B says:

    Very encouraged by the game.

    So this makes the rest of the games very interesting. Pat Kirwan on NFL’s moving the chains repeatedly says that 4 games of game tape is all NFL DC’s need to find your strengths and weaknesses.

    So from here on out, teams will be focused on expoiting those weaknesses. How he reacts in these situations will answer whether he can be the QB of the future.

    For instance, one common factor in his game yesterday is that he wants to step up and move to his right.

    I imagine he will see blitzes coming from the right from here on out to see if he will also step up and move to his left and if he is as effective when he does so.

    1. deg0ey says:

      “For instance, one common factor in his game yesterday is that he wants to step up and move to his right.”

      I noticed that too. And we all saw what happened to Vick when teams stopped him from rolling out to the left. Let’s hope Mr Foles handles things a little better.

  2. TylerD says:

    LOL I heard David Wilson was ok yesterday

  3. Dan in Philly says:

    Agreed. his pocket presence was very impressive. I think that’s all mental preparation and training, and its great to see when its your qb doing it.

  4. Matt says:

    Was there a late game in the NFC East yesterday?

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:


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