by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — With Michael Vick suffering from a “significant” concussion, it appears likely rookie Nick Foles will be under center Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles face the Washington Redskins.

That’s good news for a defensive unit that ranks 30th in the NFL against the pass and is notorious not capitalizing on home field advantage. The potential return of safety Brandon Meriweather may also help swing the pendulum in the Redskins favor.

The question, however, is whether facing an unfamiliar quarterback will present a challenge for the Redskins.

According to injured defensive end Adam Carriker the short answer is ‘no.’

Foles did help lead a short-lived Eagles comeback against the Dallas Cowboys after Vick exited, but also showed rookie inexperience. The latter is something Carriker believes the Redskins can prey upon.

“The fact is, the guy is a rookie,” Carriker said on his daily radio show, 4th & Pain. “I watched a lot of the Eagles-Cowboys game . . . I’ll give him credit for young guy, a rookie, replacing Michael Vick on the fly.”

Once passed the pleasantries, Carriker pointed out Foles’ end zone fumble and interception returned for a touchdown were directly attributable to his inexperience.

“The kid’s got some skills and some talent, but he’s got that raw inexperience as well,” he said. “We can use that to our advantage.”

Washington’s three-game losing streak is trumped by a five-game Philadelphia skid. However, a win on Sunday would thrust either team back into the playoff picture in an under-performing division.

“You never know what can happen in this league,” said Carriker. “Never, ever, ever throw in that towel.”

4th & Pain airs each weekday at noon on and Sunday mornings at 8 o’clock on 106.7 The Fan.


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