Foles Secure In His Bubble

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.There was a moment against the Lions a couple weeks ago where it looked like Nick Foles might go in. Michael Vick was slow to the sidelines and the training staff had gathered around him to assess the damage. Foles circled nearby and as time ran short, he dipped into the circle to see if he was needed. He was not. Vick was going to be OK. Foles slowed his pace and resumed his normal sideline routine.

The routine itself  is interesting to watch. Foles is pretty active. He’ll walk over to give the offensive line a pat; will have a quick word for an assistant or one of the players coming off the field. He’ll peek over Vick’s shoulder as he and Marty Mornhinweg look at the stills. Back and forth. Waiting, watching, waiting.

It has to be an odd existence, being the backup — and all the more being a backup for Vick. Especially this season.

“I just make sure I prepare the best I can,” said Foles, explaining his approach. “If you’re not prepared you’ll feel bad but I always feel good, we always work hard together, we prepare on our own and we prepare in meetings together. I just have to do that to the best of my ability.”

The noise surrounding the Eagles’ quarterback position has been loud and inescapable the last few weeks, though the 6-6 rookie out of Arizona says that he has been able to successfully block it out.

What if you’re sitting around watching SportsCenter?

“I don’t watch SportsCenter,” he said.

Well the paper, then.

“Don’t read it. I’ll see Yahoo! or something. But other than that, if I see anything that has to do with that I won’t mess with it because you don’t want to start reading a bunch of stuff. I haven’t read the news since I was in high school — like the sports news that has to do with me. I’ll read the news in general. But when it has to with anything I could be involved in I don’t like reading it.”

OK, but you have to be getting calls from family members and such asking you about it.

“Yeah,” said Foles. “But my family knows not to speculate.”

Locked securely in the cabin, Foles seems to be unaware of the rough seas outside. A coach and a star quarterback teetering on the edge; a franchise half-eyeing a new plan — one that may even prominently feature Foles himself.

He does not let these kind of thoughts in.

“I’m just studying the game film for the Saints,” said Foles, “and preparing like I always do.”

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  • DEFROE81

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FOLES YOU’LL GET YOUR CHANCE

    • Kimble

      Like Kafka got his?

  • Vick Supporter

    Not this year. Stay on that bench. You ain’t better than Vick

    • Charlie

      HAHA… Sarcasm… I see what you did there.

    • gmot44

      You clearly don’t know football duesch. Foles is way better then vick. The only thing vick is better at then Foles is running

      • FMWarner

        Are you serious? Foles might eventually be better than Vick. But a few good games in the preseason do not make you better than a seasoned veteran.

      • Vick Supporter

        I don’t know football? Foles has never played! We’re 3-4 and you want a 3rd round immobile rookie to save the day lol. Watch the Trent Dilfer MNF breakdown and you’ll see for yourself as to why this is not all on Vick. Our line play had been horrible. Are your eyes sprained? lol. Know what you’re talking about before you post woman. Also, Matt Ryan’s uniform was still white…what about that? It’s a team game. Get your eyes fixed.

  • xlGmanlx

    He says all the right things. Whether Vick is here next year or not, one thing I think we can all agree on is that 7 leaves it all on the field. You also have to like the head on the rookies shoulders. Those are the kinds of things that get a fan base excited.