What It’s Like To Be Nick Foles Today

foles_400_102913When Nick Foles finally got a chance to review the tape, a full week had passed.

A week where Foles went from potential starter for one of the NFL’s 32 franchises to the target of criticism after his clunker in Week 7 against the Cowboys.

He’s spent his days recovering from a concussion – the second one he’s ever sustained. Foles rested, received treatment and went through the league-mandated protocol before being cleared to return to the team.


As he watched, he saw throw after throw - behind receivers, in front of receivers, high, low, misses every which way. Yards and touchdowns left on the field with first place in the NFC East on the line.

"I was by myself two days ago," Foles said. "Was able to just go through it and break it down. I had some notes from the coaches and was able to see what they saw. I'm already critical of myself. You play this game long enough and you kind of can coach yourself, and I was able to see why I wasn't accurate.

"I didn't execute like I needed to. I was inaccurate on certain throws that I'm usually very accurate on. And just watching the film, there's big plays that I missed, and I see. It's one of those things where I had a little bit longer because I didn't play last week obviously so I didn't have the next game to move on to."

Foles stood at the podium in his red No. 9 practice jersey with a white long-sleeve shirt underneath, grey sweatpants and black Nike cleats. He began the session with reporters with his arms folded, making no excuses, accepting blame and looking forward to moving on.

Life in the NFL goes week-to-week with different emotions and storylines. It was merely 13 days ago that Foles was named NFC Player of the Week for his performance in Tampa against the Bucs. The Cowboys game was a test of sorts. Playing well and passing with high marks might have meant Foles being named the starter for the rest of the season.

In the end, it was an opportunity missed. When Foles was away from the team, he probably wondered about when and if another chance would come. But that's where the whole week-to-week thing comes in once again. Today, Foles and Matt Barkley split time with the first team. With Michael Vick sidelined, Foles appears likely to start Sunday against the Raiders.

It will be another chance with not as much on the line. But Foles has to be anxious to show things will be different this time around.

As for what exactly happened against Dallas, the question of pressure was brought up. With so much on the line for him personally, was the moment too big?

"No... I just didn't play well," Foles said. "I saw it on film. I'm so critical of myself. There's also things there during the game that I saw the reason I didn't go places with the ball, and sometimes you feel like you see things. I was able to watch film and see why I didn't do it. I saw what I did, and then I'm able to correct, like maybe I can throw the ball like this or different things. Sure, it was tough, but the pressure wasn't a thing. It was just I didn't play well. I've gotta make sure in those games… I've gotta be very accurate with the ball, and I wasn't. And that's on me.

"It's hard to watch those games, but like I've said, you treat wins and losses [the same]. Like when you're watching the game, you've got to be critical, so I'm always very critical of myself, and I see the mistakes. I did not play well. But one game has never defined me and it never will. I'm gonna continue to work and get better. And that's what today is for."

Foles usually has a 24-hour rule. That's the amount of time he'll allow himself to think about the previous week's game. Then it's time to move on. But this was an exception. Foles said his confidence is at the same level it was a couple weeks ago, even though that will be hard to believe to observers.

Physically, there was no other injury other than the concussion that knocked him out of the game. Psychologically, we'll likely find out where Foles is at on Sunday.

"After a loss, it is tough," he said. "That's why there is that 24-hour rule. Cause when you lose and you have a tough game and stuff like that, you do feel emotions. You're human. You played bad. It creeps in that you let everybody down. But then you've gotta get back to it and you're like, 'Hey, I can't mope. I can't do this.' You've gotta study the film and you've gotta man up and get after it. So that's why I approach it that way, and I feel really good, confident throwing the ball today."

From a mechanics standpoint, the issue Foles kept coming back to was accuracy. He completed 11 of 29 passes on a day where receivers ran free all game long.

"My big thing I saw in that game was there were some throws that I wasn't accurate on," Foles said. "And I feel like if I completed those, it would have gotten us moving in a better direction.

"There's a guy running that way and it's right here [points to his back hip]. It's really hard to catch. If I put it right here [in front of him], it's a big play. And that was the difference in a lot of plays. I was inaccurate. And I take pride in being an accurate quarterback, so that's something I've really gotta get back to and really focus on this week."

The film has been reviewed, and the Eagles are back on the practice fields getting ready for their trip to Oakland. The last two weeks have brought ups and downs for the second-year quarterback. The way he's viewed by fans, teammates and the organization is different. But now he'll get a chance to show he can bounce back.

"It's tough, it's very tough," Foles said. "There's a lot of adversity, but I've always had my family there. They were great, supporting me. A concussion's not something that you want to go through, but they were great to support me. My teammates were great in supporting me, coaching staff. So a week later, I feel great, feel healthy. It was great being back out there, and I'm excited to just keep going."

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  • Johnny_P

    I don’t think alot of people stop and think that maybe Foles just had a bad game. I went back and watched the Giants & Bucs footage and he strung together two very solid games. His performance against the Cowboys has befuddled every analyst interview I’ve listened to. Nobody can answer the question: WHY was Nick so bad against the Cowboys. Give the guy another chance.

    • DEBO 215

      Part of the problem is he can’t answer that question either…I would’ve almost rather heard that he was hurt or something.

      • Will

        Foles hesitated to pass and when he did throw the passes were off target, a blimp on the Radar screen chalk it up to one bad game.

      • HowboutdemIggles

        Neither could Vick when he had the fumbling problems, sometimes the ball just doesn’t go the way you want it to, and it happens.

    • 1972

      Are there fans picketing outside the linc calling for foles to be cut or something? You said give him a chance, guess what? He is getting his chance!!!

    • #7

      He was scared to throw it. Not trying to be negative. Hopefully he can recover against the Raiders

    • DirtyWaters

      People say he looks like Napoleon Dynamite. He looked more like Uncle Rico out there.

      • Chris

        how much you wanna make a bet i can throw this football over them mountains?

        • Mike Flick

          Maybe we can get a time machine and send him back to get those throws to Avant and Celek right.

  • Will

    Foles Flash or Flop your on the clock and we’re watching are you the QB future or not…

  • BHOtheLiar

    He has a great opportunity.

  • Will

    Oakland’s Defense is ranked 21th overall DVOA this is another good test for Foles and the Offense.

    • GEAGLE

      Yeah but they play significantly better at home(something we know nothing about in Philly lol)…I just watched them play a damn good defensive game at home against the steelers…they were playing hard, playing fast, playing together, and boy were they hitting hard,,,I remember thinking that I hope to not see them hit our boys like that….they are also a defense that practices against zone reads every day….This will be a very stern test for our offense that needs to get back on track…can the kid rally our struggling offense and actually find a way to win in a place where we ALWAYS lose?

      From now til the bye week, FOles will be given the very best opportunity he has ever had, since coming to philly. Its not an easy stretch of games and it’s coming at a time when we are on a serious slump…but it’s very exciting to find out what he can do with this opportunity..rooting for the kid

      • Will

        I also hope Foles does well for him, to increase his trade value and the team needs a lift after the last two games.Oakland is no joke dusted the Chargers by 10 and pounded Pittsburgh real physical game. Foles play will decide weather he is Philly’s QB of the future or do we go after one in the next draft.

  • DEBO 215

    He could’ve avoided the concussion if he didn’t freeze up like a deer in headlights…That was ugly. Dude was standing like 5 feet from the sidelines too. Run out of bounds, throw it away…do SOMETHING! Don’t just stand there and let them tee off.
    On the road, in the black hole, against an Oakland team that isn’t great or terrible either…it’ll be a good test for Foles this week. That said, we always have trouble with the Raiders. Always.

    • Johnny_P

      I feel like the Raiders and Cardinals have historically been a thorn in the Eagles side…

      • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

        Cardinals are going to be a pain the @ss. There defense is serious.

        • Andy124

          Yup. Glad to see Bowles bouncing back. Really wasn’t dealt a full hand of cards last year.

    • EaglePete

      ha, the black hole aint what it used to be. Hasnt been in a long time and even now that they are playing just a tad better still shouldnt scare many teams. At this point they are like a halloween parody.

      • theycallmerob

        While that may be true, it’s hard to look at another team (besides JAX) and talk of parody or belittlement. In fact, they even have a better record. Their fans are pry saying the same

  • Weapon Y

    It would take a lot for Foles to regain my trust, but it could be done. The room for error is very small. If he plays very well in the next few games and clearly becomes the best quarterback on the team, he could be back in my good graces. Vicks had second, third, and fourth chances and blown them all. It’s only fair to give Foles a second chance and see if he can redeem himself. Unless he plays lights out, though, I’m still on board with drafting a new starting quarterback next year.

    • southy

      Second chances are rare in this league. It helps that the other two guys have basically handed him back the football. We don’t have any other options, really.

      As a fan, I’m glad he can go out and prove the Boys game was just a bad game. I WANT him to. The realist in me is sticking to my prediction that at best he’s a Schaub type: good qb, gamer, but going to have his bad days and can’t carry a bad team.

  • Will

    Really the Blessing in all of this is we get to answer the question do we draft a QB next year. Foles clearly found favor with the football God’s and gets a shot at redemption.

    • 1972

      We need to draft a qb next year lol

      • Will

        If we do I hope they pull out all the stops and go for Mariota and build a team around him…

        • RIP illa

          If “your” pulling out all the stops…wouldn’t you aim for the best QB in the draft and not the potentially 2nd best?

          • Andy124

            Cost/Benefit analysis.
            Washington sold the farm for the second best QB in the draft. I don’t think they regret it at this point.

          • RIP illa

            Cost benfit analysis is thrown to the wayside once you decide to pull out all the stops. That was the emphasis I was trying to make. I get what your saying tho. Still think if you’re going to go…then go big.

            Personally I believe that whoever is determined to he the #1 QB prospect, which is right now Teddy B, that they should pull an Archie and Eli and tell the Jags that they won’t play for them if drafted by them. Makes zero sense to go to a team that is severely lacking talent throughout the entire organization, a city that’s not all that great, and to a team where your basically entering NFL purgatory. By the time that franchise turns the corner, Philly might actually win a Super Bowl :-)

          • Andy124

            I understand your view point. But I would say that “going big” should be the result of a thorough cost/benefit analysis.

            The ultimate “benefit” is winning the super bowl. If you think Player A gives you a better chance to win the super bowl than Player B + (what you give you to get Player A) then you do it. But in your evaluations, Player A better be that much better than Player B.

            I love the draft and really dislike the idea of a player refusing to play for the team that drafts him unless that team is Dallas. I could see an exception if a franchise is just run ridiculously poorly like Oakland under senile Davis, but I don’t think that’s the case with Jax. Remember they just got new ownership.

          • Will

            I do not think the Jags give up the 1st pick and go QB….Bridgewater….

  • defroe81

    lol he played so terrible im all for tebow now ha! redeem your self buddy.
    set that oak D on fire baby do it!!!!!!!!!!!

    • defroe81

      hey you aholes are a lil bit to serious on here just mention something no one wants to agree with like tebow and they crucify you. get it crucify… lol

  • DirtyWaters

    He’s a Cowboy fan. Don’t tell me growing up in Austin that he wasn’t.

  • GEAGLE

    Had he destroyed Dallas, it wouldn’t have meant much in the grand scheme of things…so a horrible game, while very dissapointing is being seriously overblown considering every QB in the history of the NFL has had pathetic performances just like FOles had… That Bucs game was too easy for him..having to overcome some serious adversity isn’t the worst thing for the young man,,,obviously as a fan I prefer seeing him hang 30 every time he steps on the field, but in terms of who will Nick FOles grow to be, the Dallas game was minuscule speck of intel…this week he gets the chance to make everyone forget about Dallas,,,we always lose when we travel to Oakland, and at home, the Oakland defense is getting rowdy! hitting hard! playing fast! hard and tough defense which provides a really good opportunity to show that he can rally this offense thru some tough times and get a win In a place that we rally ever win in….even if he is the NFC player of the week again, it will mean very little in the grand scheme of things…he needs continuity, he needs to be the man, and have the team focused on him for an extended period of time, and the fact that it looks like he will ATleast get a 3-4 week stretch, it’s extremely exciting knowing that finally we can get some real intel..

    These past two weeks have been hard, I was starting to lose excitement especially knowing we were about to go to Oakland where we never win. Vick playing wouldn’t have excited me, Barkley would have excited me a tad bit more, but FOles getting some real evaluation time has rejuvenated my season thru some hard times…fly Folesy fly!

    • HowboutdemIggles

      If he just had maybe 5 more completions he would have won, including that touchdown he missed to Jason Avant, and Jackson.

  • Bullwinkle

    Eli Manning took a while to get himself established in the NFL. He looked very bad at times during his first few seasons. He has won 2 SBs. Even so, after all these years, he still has bad games where he looks lost like the “deer in the headlights.” I’ll take a QB like that if it means at least 1 SB win.

    • GEAGLE

      Yes sir..it’s like FOles 8th game, and he has never been given the continuity the successful QBs were given…he never spent more then 7 weeks with continuity of first team reps…go look at how bad Peyton was in his 8th game..go look at how pathetic Brady looked in his second season on the road against Miami and the bills..,if you put Aaron Rodgers in the game at this point in I his development he would have been horrible….drawing a conclusion about the kid after the great performance against the Bucs was a mistake, but judging the kid after his horrible game against Dallas is equally a mistake…nothing to do,but sit and wait to see how he progresses from one week to the next while getting continuity as our leader,,,Spot appearences from such an inexperienced kid tell us nothing…we won’t know what we have until we play him extended time…and even if he looks like Andrew luck the rest of the season, he will still be years away from reaching his full potential…but it’s certainly exciting to start getting some real intel about who this kid can grow up to be…
      ..
      People forgot just how bad Eli was, and for how long,,, we can bring in teddy Bridgewater, Marriotta, whoever, I promise we will still have to sit through a pathetic performance or two during the first few years of their development of whatever QB we bring in. FOles doesn’t have to be the franchise guy this year…what we need is for him to prove that he can be a stop gap guy who can win games, so that we aren’t in the position of having to trade away all our assets because we don’t have anyone that can play next year…FOles proving to ATleast be a stop gap who can win games, allows us to go the Pete Carrol route…stack this roster up, until the day when you are sitting in a draft, it’s your time to pick, and their is a QB that you love available, without mortgaging your draft to go up and get…

      • Kev_H

        The one thing you can conclude from a great game is that he can play a great game. There are many QBs drafted, some very high, that never do. They ALL have bad ones.

  • GEAGLE

    Btw, Barkley can learn a thing or two about being a leader of men from Nick FOles…Barkley needs to learn how to man up! and not throw coaches and teammates under the bus, trying to excuse his bad play

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      Foles is no leader of men…you truly are delusional

  • Andy124

    Barkley could learn when less is more in regards to answering media questions.

    • Andy124

      And this comment really belongs in the Barkley never ran that play thread. D’Oh!

  • Loke1988

    Still no mention of the groin injury.

    • theycallmerob

      Physically, there was no other injury other than the concussion that knocked him out of the game.

      • Loke1988

        I’m sure you checked it personally.

        • Andy124

          They’re never going to tell us anything different. Frankly, if I’m going to undisclosed injury, I’m going with a concussion on the first series that he hid from the team, not the groin. Can’t prove anything so why harp on it?

          • Loke1988

            Because the majority of Philly gave up on the kid because of one game and that annoys me. Meanwhile, back at the ranch so to speak Kelly and Vick are given all the rope in the world.

          • Andy124

            I know it’s annoying. But the only thing that’s going to change their tune is if Nick proves them wrong on the field. And even then, that won’t be good enough for some.

  • Will

    Foles will most likely start sure he is pumped who wouldn’t be…..a chance to put that ugly Dallas game in the rear view and move on…

  • daggolden

    Oaklands defense is very underrated. There front 7 is physical and aggressive. I have a very bad feeling this week. This game may be the most important game all year for the Eagles. If Foles sucks again his confidence may be shot. This week will determine the Eagles going 4-12 or 6-10.