Though he has only been in the NFL for a few months, Sunday's game won't be the first time rookie quarterback Nick Foles will have seen the Redskins' coaches. Head coach Mike Shanahan and his staff coached Foles during the Senior Bowl in January. Shanahan was impressed with what he saw.
"He's big, very strong, got great arm strength," Shanahan told reporters after practice Wednesday, via CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir. "Looks like he reads defenses very easily and can make all the throws."
Working with Shanahan and his coaching staff was a big moment for Foles. It was his first time working with NFL coaches. Even spending a week in Mobile, Ala. with them made Foles a better quarterback.
"They helped me grow as a player," Foles said Wednesday. "I was there for a week and I learned a lot from them just fundamentally and practicing. It was my first time practicing with NFL coaches so just learning from that was my first taste of it. So, I'm thankful for them for helping me in that situation in the Senior Bowl and it was a good experience for me."
Foles figures to make the first start of his NFL career against the Redskins this Sunday. And on paper, the matchup could be a good one for the rookie. The Redskins are ranked 30th in passing yards allowed per game, and are 27th in points allowed, surrendering 27.6 on average per game. The Redskins have also allowed 20 passing touchdowns, the most in the NFL.
In relief of the injured Michael Vick last Sunday, Foles went 22-of-32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Foles also showed impressive accuracy, completing 68.8 percent of his passes. Foles would certainly like to use the knowledge he picked up from Shanahan against the coach this Sunday.
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