“This kid is in this league for a reason,” Hall said in the locker room at Redskins Park. “He’s waiting for his chance to get out there and play. It just so happens to come against us…. Our coaches coached him in the Senior Bowl. They definitely told us the kid can make every throw. It’s not like we’re going out there against a guy that can’t throw the ball at all.
“Like I said, we’ve still got to go out there and execute against an NFL-caliber quarterback. We just haven’t seen a lot of film on him. But we’ll go out there and we’ll treat him like he’s an NFL quarterback, like he is. It’s nice not to have to worry about Mike [Vick] running around a little bit, extending some plays. So that will be a little bit to our advantage.”
Foles appears set to make his first NFL start Sunday against the Redskins at FedEx Field, with Vick likely to be sidelined by the concussion he suffered during last weekend’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Redskins have lost the last eight games they’ve played against rookie starting quarterbacks, dating to 2006. The list of rookie quarterbacks to which the Redskins have lost includes Vince Young, Bruce Gradkowski, Trent Edwards, Joe Flacco, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton and Christian Ponder. If Roles starts, this will be the first time this season that the Redskins face a rookie starter at quarterback.
“I have no idea,” Hall said when asked to explain the run of futility. “But like I said, that goes back to… how do you get motivated [to face a rookie quarterback]? It’s not hard. We haven’t had the greatest success against young guys. If anybody in this locker room is not going out there treating this guy like he’s an NFL starting quarterback, then they’re crazy.”
The Redskins, who are coming off their bye week, are ranked 30th in the league in pass defense.
Coach Mike Shanahan has said the team’s coaches spent part of the bye week evaluating schemes and personnel. Shanahan declined this week to say whether changes will be made as a result. But Hall said no major alterations are needed to the defensive system.
“I don’t know schematically what we would change,” Hall said. “I mean, we’ve got to finish games. We’ve got to make plays. I’ve made the comment a couple times–we’ve had some great calls. It’s just, we just blew it. You know, we blew it personally. And so a lot of that re-evaluating goes back to just re-evaluating yourself, seeing how you can get better, seeing what techniques you can brush up on and work out and get a little better at.
“I feel like we’ve done that. We’ve done that personally. Guys have sat down with coaches and had one-on-ones to try to figure out what they can do to get better… And hopefully you’ll see it. Hopefully you’ll see it this week. You’ll see it through the rest of this season. Even if we’re not auditioning for this team, we’re auditioning for somebody.”
The team’s secondary can use the remainder of the season to restore its reputation, Hall said.
“Every time you step out there is an opportunity to do that,” Hall said. “Guys aren’t out there trying to give up plays. They’re out there trying to make plays. Every game is an opportunity to go out there and try to leave a better taste in your mouth and everybody else’s mouth. When you win, it cures a lot of things. Hopefully we can go out there and get this win and keep on marching.”
The Redskins and Eagles are tied for last place in the NFC East. But this game begins a run of three straight games against divisional opponents for the Redskins. In all, five of their remaining seven games are against NFC East foes.
“We’re in a good position,” Hall said. “Not a great position. Not a position we wanted to be in at the beginning of the season. But all things aside, being 3-6 like we are, we’re in a pretty good position.”