Big & Tall Swap

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was taken in the third round with the 88th pick of the draft. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Did you get tired of watching short, stocky defensive linemen knock down Eagles passes at the line of scrimmage earlier this season? Yeah, us too!

Probably won’t have that problem anymore, now that Andy Reid has handed the keys to the player we believe is the tallest quarterback in Eagles’ history: 6-foot-6-inch Nick Foles (left). He will be standing in for Michael Vick, the shortest QB under Reid at 6 feet even.

At 243 pounds, Foles is also the heaviest of the Reid-era QBs, so he should be better able to absorb the punishment that can come from having an offensive line taped together by Bounty.

For those seeking historical perspective, the tallest QB in league history is presumed to be the Seahawks’ Dan McGwire, Mark’s brother. He was listed at 6-8 ... and who’s to argue that with him?

Below are the 14 quarterbacks who have played for the Eagles since 1999 (as well as Trent Edwards, who might yet before the season is over), listed in descending order by height, according to the Eagles’ media guide of their most recent season:


 Quarterback  Season(s)  Hgt.  
 Nick Foles
 2012  6-6  243
 Vince Young
 2011  6-5  232
 Trent Edwards
 2012  6-4  230
 A.J. Feeley
 2001-02, '06-07  
 6-3  220
 Andy Hall
 2005  6-3  218
 Mike Kafka
 2011  6-3  225
 Kevin Kolb
 2007-10  6-3  218
 Doug Pederson
 1999  6-3  216
 Mike McMahon
 2005  6-2  215
 Donovan McNabb  
 1999-09  6-2  240
 Jeff Blake
 2004  6-1  223
 Koy Detmer
 1999-06  6-1  195
 Jeff Garcia
 2006, '09
 6-1  205
 Tim Hasselbeck
 2002  6-1  211
 Michael Vick
 2009-12  6-0  215