You Don't Just Patch & Fill at QB

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles passes during NFL football practice at the team's practice complex, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Tonight's game is huge for Nick Foles, and by extension, for Eagles fans.

Whether Foles is a potential franchise quarterback or just a guy is the key question that will determine how far away from contending the Eagles are, under whatever coach Jeff Lurie hires in January or February. (Please, God, let it be January. Early January would be best.)

This is pretty obvious stuff, but I feel the need to restate it after listening to a lot of people hypothesize over the past week or so about picking up some fill-in quarterback from somewhere for 2013. (Matt Flynn, etc.) I don't see the point.

So, you might get to 9-7, or something, with a guy like that. Is 9-7 the goal now? I thought it was to win the Super Bowl. You win the Super Bowl with a franchise quarterback. Period. Not so much with a defense that reminds fans of the Buddy Ryan days, or a great running back, or any of that stuff. FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK. Peyton Manning. Eli Manning. Drew Brees. Aaron Rodgers. Ben Roethlisberger. Tom Brady. These are the QBs who have won Super Bowls in the last nine years.

So, either Foles has that potential, or the Eagles need to draft one. If there's not such a talent available in this year's draft, then they are really in trouble. But bringing in some guy who's sort of OK is no solution. All that might do is get you farther away from a draft position where you might be able to find your key ingredient in 2014.

You know, before I'd expend precious resources on some stopgap QB, to very little purpose, I'd consider keeping Michael Vick another year, if he'd do a little contract adjusting. Behind a better offensive line, which you have to project,. becaause next year's offensive line can't very well be worse, I think Vick is at least as good as Matt Flynn.

But if I were an Eagles fan, I'd be pulling really, really, really hard for Foles tonight. If he's legit, all things are possible for the new coach.