Editor's Note -- This column was written before the Philadelphia Eagles played the Cleveland Browns Friday night.
Forget Michael Vick. We've now got Nick.
Sometimes discoveries are made in preseason that amount to ones like finding Noah's Ark or finding out that the world is not flat.
The Philadelphia Eagles have made a find of historic proportions: Rookie quarterback Nick Foles is the real deal.
As Michael Vick tries to stay in a football game more than two series, Foles has shined like someone who could be the next Dan Marino or Joe Montana.
When all "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden -- who knows his stuff -- does is blush about Foles the entire game, you know there's something special about this big lug from Arizona.
After all, Gruden got to watch Brett Favre grow up in Green Bay.
It's one thing when a rookie impresses in the first preseason game, as Foles did. But the poise he showed coming off the bench to fill in for an injured Vick Monday night was something we're used to seeing from Peyton Manning or Steve Young or Roger Staubach.
Foles looks that good.
This time, Foles played with the starters and ran the first-team offense like he'd been doing this for years. (The man is no Kevin Kolb. And who cares how well Mike Kafka might know the playbook.)
Forget Foles as a No. 2.
Coach Andy Reid should name Foles the starter for the season immediately.
After all, other teams like Cleveland, Indianapolis, Washington and Miami are going with rookie QBs.
Why go through games with Vick starting and then coming out for an injury. It will stall the offense and kill any momentum.
Vick has played a full season once in his career. He's already banged a thumb on a helmet and got crushed in the ribs against the New England Patriots Monday night.
He's played in two games. And his leading stat? Two X-rays.
Maybe the Michael Vick Experiment is really over. Chances are, you won't see him again this preseason. So having Vick shake off the rust against the Brownies won't be good for any Birds fans.
Give Nick Foles the job. He could be the answer.
He also could be the missing ingredient for a championship.
Yes, this talk may sound crazy. Two preseason games do not make a career. But watch Foles play and tell me otherwise. This guy has talent; he's something special.
And, so far, Foles has shown he is something special.
So go buy a Nick Foles jersey. It might be the best investment you ever make.