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Marty: Foles 'tough man' with great strengths

It's unlikely that Marty Mornhinweg will continue to be entrusted with the development of Nick Foles beyond this week, but the Eagles' offensive coordinator made it clear Thursday he feels the rookie quarterback has promise.

Marty: Foles 'tough man' with great strengths

The Eagles´ Nick Foles picks himself off the turf after getting sacked<br />against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, December 23, 2012. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
The Eagles' Nick Foles picks himself off the turf after getting sacked against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, December 23, 2012. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

It's unlikely that Marty Mornhinweg will continue to be entrusted with the development of Nick Foles beyond this week, but the Eagles' offensive coordinator made it clear Thursday he feels the rookie quarterback has promise.

"You have to give him great credit" for throwing for 188 yards in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Redskins with a hairline fracture in his throwing hand, Mornhinweg said. "If you've tried to throw a ball with a broken hand, you know what that feels like. So he's a tough man. He's got some great, great strengths. He got some great experience this year, which is invaluable ... I know this -- he's got an excellent future in this league, because of all of these strengths that he has."

Foles will miss the season finale at the Giants because of the injury. Mornhinweg said Michael Vick, scheduled to start for the first time since suffering a concussion Nov. 11, looks "sharp, crisp. I suspect he'll play at a high level" against the Giants.

Asked to autopsy the season, Mornhinweg referred to close losses, and then snowballing injuries. "There's a line you cross" with injuries, he said.

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"It looked like we were a pretty good football team" at 3-1, Mornhinweg said. "Then some things happened."

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Special teams coordinator Bobby April said Bryce Brown was just OK in his second outing as kick returner, last week against the Redskins. April said he thinks Brown can be good with experience.

April said kicker Alex Henery, who made 22 field goals in a row at one point, probably didn't get more Pro Bowl consideration because he hasn't had chances to make long, dramatic game-winners.

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Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said he felt rookie DT Fletcher Cox was really coming on when he suffered a concussion Sunday that almost certainly will keep Cox out of the season finale.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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