Will loss of QB coach affect Eagles' Nick Foles?

Will loss of QB coach affect Eagles' Nick Foles?
January 18, 2014, 10:00 am
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws the ball during warm ups prior to the Eagles' game against the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Nick Foles proved a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, taking over the starting quarterback job when Michael Vick got injured. Foles finished the 2013 season with a 119.2 QB rating, almost 3,000 yards passing and 27 touchdowns, not to mention taking the Eagles to the NFC East title before falling to the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round.

Expectations will be high for Foles in 2014, but he will be without his quarterbacks coach. Bill Lazor, who served in that role for the Eagles, left Philly to take the offensive coordinator position in Miami. Chip Kelly runs the Eagles offense no doubt, but Lazor worked every day with Foles. With Lazor in Miami, could Foles development be slowed?

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Lazor worked briefly in the Redskins organization before coaching at the University of Virginia prior to taking the job in Philadelphia. The question for the Eagles now turns to who will work with Foles next season. Reports suggest the Eagles lack a natural internal candidate for the promotion, and Lazor's departure marks the first defection from Kelly's staff. 

In his second year in the NFL, and his first in Kelly's offense, Foles production was tremendous. Not only did the Eagles score at an impressive clip, but Foles only threw two interceptions. If he puts up similar numbers in 2014, another Eagles quarterbacks coach might get a promotion. 

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