The Philadelphia Eagles were finally inching towards clarity before Oct. 20. It seemed that the Eagles would either make Nick Foles the starting quarterback for good with a win over the Dallas Cowboys, or Michael Vick would take it back with a loss. But not only did Foles lose his chance while Philadelphia lost to Dallas, Matt Barkley couldn't seize his first chance either, making all three Eagles' quarterbacks as iffy as ever.
The Eagles never expected to lose a 17-3 game to the Cowboys, or to anyone else under Chip Kelly. Yet for once, it was the defense that kept Philadelphia close instead of the other way around. While Dallas struggled to score, Foles could barely get any rally going, due to various missed passes and dropped balls.
Foles' best chance came in the third quarter when the Eagles were down by 10-0. He threw to a wide open Jason Avant in the end zone, yet the pass was so low that Avant accidentally threw the ball up to the Cowboys' J.J. Wilcox. But replay concluded that the nose of the ball barely hit the ground first, reversing the interception and leading to the Eagles' only three points of the day,
Even when the Eagles scored, there was an asterisk and missed opportunity attached. To make matters worse, Foles got hit right before the field goal attempt and had to be tested for a concussion. This allowed Barkley to take his first professional snaps -- and three of them ended in interceptions during the fourth quarter.
Two potential quarterbacks of the future collapsed for the Eagles, leaving Vick as Philadelphia's only winner of the afternoon. He should be fully healthy and favored to start against the New York Giants on Oct. 27, as Vick may have yet again managed to save his career in Philadelphia -- at the expense of the Eagles' long term future.
With Foles hurt and exposed and with Barkley failing his first audition, the Eagles are as lost as ever in deciding a full time quarterback beyond 2013. But now that Philadelphia isn't leading the NFC East anymore and will likely have to go back to rebuilding after all, it can afford a few more experiments. What it can't afford are too many more failed ones like this.