Another Honor For Nick Foles

Nick FolesIt’s been a pretty good month for Nick Foles. 

It started with a seven-touchdown performance in Oakland, and finishes with him atop the depth chart as the Eagles prep for a final five-game push. A little icing on the cake came his way Wednesday when he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.

The second-year signal-caller was a perfect 3-0 in November with wins over the Raiders, Packers and Redskins. Foles completed 51 of his 72 passes in November (71 percent) with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He is the fourth quarterback in franchise history to receive the honor, joining Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.




He has won NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season as well despite starting just five games. How is Foles handling this small taste of success?

"Nick is the same," said offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. "I prefer it in a quarterback: He is very business-like, very matter-of-fact. Players and coaches at times, their emotions go up and down. And somebody, somewhere has to keep calm and I think that's what Nick does. He has a calm presence, although he has the ability to express his emotions of happiness or displeasure in ways that sometimes aren't obvious and I think that's important, too. I don't think you'll see anything different from Nick."

Foles posted a passer rating of 152.8 in November. According to the Eagles, that was the highest rating by any quarterback in a single month in NFL history.

"He's approached it the right way," said Shurmur. "And if you have a chance to be a good team I think you need that from your quarterback."

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  • Andy124

    Ok guys. Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Time to give thanks Birds 24/7 style.
    Tell us what you’re thankful for. And everybody’s grateful for their family, health, alcohol and a playoff chase. Nobody cares.

    I’m grateful for Nick Foles and what his play has done for the Eagles on the field, their draft options, and most importantly, what his play has meant for the postings in these threads.

    I’m grateful my job hasn’t blocked this site yet and for the Edit button.

    I’m grateful I can go back to the threads after the Dallas game and see all those stupid enough to think that one game is enough to make up your mind on someone (It’s the motherload). And also for ctrl-v – ctrl-c that will allow me to share those with you when I get bored enough.

    And I’m grateful for beer.

    • Richard Colton

      grateful for the “Foles Train” that some posters here couldn’t wait to crash.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Holy crap, this is classic, did you make it?
        Meco should be somewhere in there, D deserves some credit anyways

        • Richard Colton

          stole it from Twitter

      • Adam

        This is way better than the Gus Bus.

      • Andy124

        Love it!

      • nicksaenz1

        Might save this to disk and take it to Target to have printed and framed.

      • Joe from Easton

        This just became my desktop at work. Thank you.

    • G_WallyHunter

      “job hasn’t blocked this site” Amen to that brother

    • jabostick

      Ha good one. I’m thankful for Chip mostly. He has a refreshing philosophy, I’m excited about this year but even more so going forward, and hoping he picked a good staff around him. And as much as he deflects praise (i.e. it’s not scheme, it’s execution), I’m thankful he took a QB who most thought had a ceiling of ‘really good backup/spot starter’ and he’s now in the mix in the franchise QB conversation.

      As kiss-assy as it sounds, I’m also thankful for this site.
      1) For the articles – good analysis, lots of it, and I think Sheil and Tim complement each other well; and
      2) For the discussion/comments – I know lots of folks here aren’t from Philly (let alone the States) and don’t have Eagles fanatics to talk shop with.

    • Adam

      I’m thankful I got to have my Canadian Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, where I didn’t have to suffer through Cowgirls football.

      I’m also glad to have a place to talk about the Eagles, as I’m one of maybe 4 Eagles fans in my province.

      And beer, always.

      • G_WallyHunter

        I’m right with you here. How I wish I had tomorrow off to watch football.
        Thankful that Coors (banquet) is finally in Canada, great brew, unlike that water piss they call Coors Light, drink a 12 of that crap and you’re stuck looking for more.

        • nicksaenz1

          At least you can’t get a DUI after those 12.

          • G_WallyHunter

            lol pretty much, last time I drank that crap was the last time I bought a 12 and didn’t catch a buzz. I don’t even drink that often either

          • nicksaenz1

            Buying a 12 won’t get you a buzz. You have to drink it :)

          • Andy124

            Such a wise-a$$.

          • nicksaenz1

            Well played, sir….well played.

        • theycallmerob

          The Banquet Beer always gets an upvote

          • G_WallyHunter

            Saw a commercial for it the other night, hilarious.

            “Coors, the banquet beer” in that voice.. classic American beer commercial. Happy it’s finally across the border (albeit, pretty pricey, 2.35 for a tall can)

          • Andy124

            Wouldn’t you rather have a Labatt Blue?

          • G_WallyHunter

            Oh god don’t even go there. I can safely say I’ve never bought a 12 of that crap

          • Andy124

            I had no idea.

          • theycallmerob

            no one would rather have a labatt

          • Andy124

            It was my first beer. I like it. I also like cheap beer in general. Also like not as cheap beer. And red wine.

          • theycallmerob

            went to jazzfest in montreal a few years back, got in a bar fight after too much whiskey (brought my own American in a flask) and talking too much smack on Labatt and canadian club.

          • Adam

            Montreal is full of assholes. It’s Canada’s America

          • theycallmerob

            cheap beer, eh? gotta try this on for size….”from the land of pleasant living”

          • Adam

            Why is What underlined? Is it not actually a beer?

          • theycallmerob

            Debatable

          • nicksaenz1

            I hate Natty Boh, but I do love passing by the brewery in Canton.

          • Brian

            Was just in Canton. The airport at least.

          • Chris

            Yes! Baltimore in the house!

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Just moved to the Baltimore area last year. Wife is from the area. Had my first & last Natty Bo this summer. No thanks! Not a huge drinker anymore but still prefer me a lager (that’s a Yeungling) for those not from southeastern PA, as a local beer. But I tend to like Belgian Wheat Ales.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            But I love the area! Living in Harford Co. Been down to this area quite a bit in my late teens through mid-20s as my dad would frequent the Bel Air Auto Auction buying cars for his small used car lot up in Philly. Always loved the area & by chance married a girl from the area & eventually settled here.

          • theycallmerob

            Yea its poo….miss yeungling country too.

            But welcome to bmore!

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Thanks brother. I’m enjoying it, love the area, but hating being out of market for my local sports network coverage. Being a displaced sports fan can be COSTLY. Especially since being out of work since April. But alas, good news is we’re expecting our first girl to go with our two boys.

          • Adam

            Do you guys get Alexander Keith’s down there?

          • theycallmerob

            Yes!! very very hard to find, only 1 store in Bmore.
            I’d make my previous GF (a canuck) bring back a case every time she went home

          • Adam

            Awesome.. the Pride of Nova Scotia (where I hail from). Great stuff.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Don’t forget Moosehead!
            Ultimate cottage beer

          • Adam

            Moosehead lime is my summer beer.

          • G_WallyHunter

            I must try it when summer rolls around again in July

          • theycallmerob

            yea, IMO way better than moosehead and boreale. unfortunately, she ruined a lot of canada for me….but must say, I’ve never had a bad experience in halifax.

          • Adam

            Well if you’re ever in these parts again I’ll show you a true Nova Scotian kitchen party. I had a buddy come up from St. Louis once who wanted to see how it goes down. We had him up on the kitchen table dancing, playing the fiddle, and drinking homemade moonshine till he fell off the table. For some reason he had a chocolate bar in his back pocket. He was so drunk he thought he shit his pants when he hit the ground. I almost passed out laughing.

            He’s been coming back every year since.

          • Andy124

            He was so drunk he thought he shit his pants when he hit the ground.
            I llol’d (literally lol’d).

          • G_WallyHunter

            LMAO, Sounds like a Maritimes story to me, complete with a fiddle and homemade moonshine

          • theycallmerob

            yes, yes, and yes. be back up this summer.
            though customs may have me on watch at this point….3 times now they “busted” me for trying to smuggle bourbon up there.

            the most recent trip, last summer, I had 2 handles of Evan Williams. cranky after driving all night. when he tried to gimme grief, I said “what do you expect? I’ll be here for a week, and your whiskey isn’t good enough for me to disinfect with”.
            apparently, he felt otherwise. stupid body cavity searches….

          • Adam

            Hahaha yeah that’s one thing we’re not polite about.

          • Adam

            The only thing that goes through me faster than Mexican food

          • nicksaenz1

            Sam Elliott’s voice is awesome. The only good part of the entire Coors brand.

          • theycallmerob

            ….pretty fitting for this conversation

          • Andy124

            That content is blocked by my organization. But by cheap beer I mean Bud Light and Bud Light Platinum. I wouldn’t turn my nose up at Miller Lite or Coors Light. I wouldn’t pay for Natty Light or Keystone Light.

            Probably drinking ABC’s Mountain Lager tonight.

          • Andy124

            I swear I was replying to the post where rob said, “cheap beer, eh?”. Oh well.

          • nicksaenz1

            Such a great movie. A Road House clip or two wouldn’t hurt either…

      • macadood

        I’m here in Ontario with you brah. Throwing a good ol’ fashioned american thanksgiving dinner tomorrow too.

    • theycallmerob

      -bourbon
      -witty commenters to banter with at work (looking at you, captain ctrl key)
      -not seeing #7 and BBaS on the threads anymore! (do miss Dutch)

      • nicksaenz1

        any bourbon in particular? Angel’s Envy guy, myself.

        • theycallmerob

          go to is Bulleit, they make a great rye too.
          When the zombies come, I’m sticking to Evan Williams. I can put down a 5th of that and still shoot straight.

          • nicksaenz1

            Bulleit is very good, too. I enjoy the rye more than the bourbon, but both are very good.

          • DirtyWaters

            Wanted to like the rye more than I did. $13.05 a bottle for Evan Williams Black. That’s my house bourbon. Love it.

      • Andy124

        Ditto bud.

      • cliff henny

        where is Dutch, like him to explain the 70k at Linc Sunday who are inpersonating empty seats, cause no one will pay to see charlie checkdown play ineffective losing football. wonder what his subway conversations are like now?

        • Brian

          Where the hell is he?

          • cliff henny

            in my best Uma Thurmon, Kill Bill Vol 2 impression….Where’s Dutch?!

          • Brian

            ^^

          • knighn

            Honestly, he is waiting and hoping for Foles to fail or get hurt so he can come back and say, “Told you so.”

        • nicksaenz1

          He might be busy, considering he’s at every major sporting event in the tri-state area… when he’s not down in The Delta, that is.

        • Andy124

          BS, he should have never been selected in the 3rd round. He is more a 6th rd project. Chip Kelly is getting this Foles nonsense out of the Fans system, as if they’ve not seen enough of Foles in 2012. Let’s stop pretending we have something in Foles, because we don’t.

          All Foles can offer the Eagles is heartbreak and disappointment

          You can cancel out Foles coming back he can not run this offense.

          He looked today exactly as he looked last year in those 6 starts. At this point it’s not we shall see, it’s a definite that we don’t have a starting quality back up QB.

          It should have been Humiliating for anyone that thought seriously and suggested that Foles could run this offense or, and this offense would be just as efficient with Foles under center as a more mobile QB who is a threat to rip off 20 yd runs.

          • Brian

            Wait… maybe I don’t miss him.

          • nicksaenz1

            You love going back through his old posts. I love that you love to do that. These put smiles on faces.

          • Andy124

            I’ve got some of the threads from after the Dallas game open. Lots of people declaring case closed on Nick. None more often than #7, none more stupidly than Dutch.

          • nicksaenz1

            Yeah, now #7 is acting like an Eagles fan and all supportive of Foles. Funny we all see right through it and he’s so self-unaware that he doesn’t get why we call him out on it every time. I thought Dutch would have been man enough to stick around and try to use his idiot logic to make us think he never said those things. Maybe he’s training for the Couch Olympics.

          • Andy124

            Because he’s probably lurking, the #7 Special:

            The “just want something different” and “want to see the unknown” even though we all saw that the “unknown” is a backup at best yet he’s “puffed up and forced on people” on here to pretend that he’s a franchise QB. I pulled for Foles to do well, but not surprised that he flopped

            Re: The Dallas Game
            Well this is what you would see every week

            Foles is a very very competent backup. Foles has done well for himself being a 3 rounder project. I like Foles, he just not a starting QB.

            It was inevitable that Foles would be exposed. Foles did his job as a backup QB. We can’t be surprised by games like this from him because he’s..well..a backup QB. It has been proven

            Just couldn’t listen to all of the hype that was created on here and was not on the hype train and I’m still not on it.

            No one fears Foles and I’ve said it for months.

            I like Foles, but he’s proven who he is.


            We’ve seen this before from Foles. This is what Foles is when a team can gameplan for him. I like Foles, but the man can’t throw the football effectively to be a franchise QB.

            I spoke of the “hype train” last week and that train did exactly what I predicted. Didn’t want it to crash, but I felt people on here were trying to force people to get on the bandwagon. Expectations should have been kept at a reasonable level instead of putting Foles in Canton* after 2 wins against winless teams.

            Oh, and there was A LOT OF GLOATING last week by a bunch of people that I could name (DICK COLTON) but I’ll leave that alone. There’s no doubt ( or there shouldn’t be but there will be some made up anyway) that Vick Is The Starting QB for this year. Thank God. Watching Foles is brutal.

            No need for me to gloat like the “folezies” were last week. We “vick folk” as we’re called predicted all of this and it is of no surprise that Foles wilted under pressure

            There’s a lot more, but this is getting long.

            *Editor’s note, this was written before Foles was in Canton. Reverse psychic?

          • nicksaenz1

            Brilliant…. I shared some other posts above. It’s SOOOO tempting to go back and reply to them, but, I don’t want to encourage them to come back.

          • Brian

            It was hard to read the comments that week. Probably the least time I spent on 24/7 since before the draft.

          • cliff henny

            oh, i did…know i posted, was 99% sure drafting qb in preseason, am 100% now. but, i’ll own my flip flopping

          • cliff henny

            tremendous…boy i would like to hear him explain these today. probably same arguements bbaas uses. bad defenses(well afterwards, but before, they always predict it’ll be the week foles folds), only beats under .500 teams. this is particularly stupid, cause the only teams that beat over .500 are the elite teams. you dont get to be 9-2, 8-3 by losing to inferior teams. we all agree eagles are probably the better of the mediocre teams.
            .
            need to find the doozies on how the linc would be empty, no one will pay to see him. he knows this from riding the subway.

          • nicksaenz1

            See: Above.

          • Andy124

            The comments don’t persist forever. I think he mostly said that kind of stuff during the preseason, and those are long gone.

          • cliff henny

            those were my favorites, Dutch’s tales of rubbing elbows with the locals on the subway, and in his section.

          • nicksaenz1

            I found one for you. This is a response to me on the Zone Read after the Dallas debacle. Ahem… :

            “Tampa is a train wreck, no matter the sentiment on this board, Tampa caught a couple struggling offenses and as a result looked good, Fools Gold. It was incomprehensible to remotely mistake Tampa Bay for a solid defense. Dallas had a week to prepare for Foles, took away Shady McCoy and the short passing game and forced Foles to look over the top to connect with receivers, when he took a shot on DJax he came up a few inches short on this long ball.

            That was pretty consistent with my projections on what Foles had or does not have and what disqualifies him from being a legitimate NFL Quality QB.

            I still would like to know where some of the participants in here saw any accuracy in Foles, or an ability to make quick decisions with a quick release. When given ample time, protection and space in the route Foles suffered from plain old Fashion panic and fear.”

          • nicksaenz1

            “Foles is garbage, it’s not like I had not forecasted this disappointment some of you Foles backers are feeling today……… I’ve been telling this board about Foles since he dawned an Eagles Jersey.

            It’s delusional to make believer he’s ever shown any NFL Talent because he doesn’t have any, I said the same about Kevin Kolb.

            I pretty much disagree with lots of people on this board when it comes to talent, there are still a number of you in love with Kendricks, and Ryan. That’s another round of disappointment waiting to come off the tracks.”

            Guess who’s response:

            “See…you guys take it that way but what Dutch is saying is fact. You guys expect us to take your criticism of Vick as fact and you people don’t want anyone to challenge you on your thought/opinions. Not sure why this bothers you so much if everything he’s saying is true”

          • Andy124

            That response definitely sounds more like white vick than big butt.

          • nicksaenz1

            Yup, first one was Dutch, as was the prior post.

          • Andy124

            Went without saying. :)

          • JofreyRice

            brings a tear to your eye. WHERE ARE YOU, DUTCH!?!?

            (Music Emoji)It’s so haaaaaard to say goodbye…to yesterdaaaayyyy..eeeeee(/Music Note Emoji)

          • cliff henny

            Dutchie Dooby Doo,Where are you
            You’ve got to spew some crazy (now){- quite sure
            .
            Dutchie Dooby Doo,Where are you
            We need some walking with folks info
            .
            Come on,Dutchie Doo,I see you
            pretending you got some knowledge
            .
            But you’re not foolin’ me,cause I can see
            the way you shake and backtrack
            .
            You know we got a mystery to solve and Dutchie Doo,be
            ready for your post
            Don’t hold back!
            .
            And Dutchie Doo if you come through you’re gonna have
            yourself a
            Dutchie oven !
            .
            Dutchie Dooby Doo,where are you
            You’re ready and you’re willing
            .
            If we can count on you Dutchie Doo
            I know we all miss the crazy!

          • Andy124

            Bwahahahahaha!!!!

          • nicksaenz1

            Awesome!

      • Jerry Pomroy

        For those of you browsing at work and don’t know, you can keep your “work” open and a separate browser session with Birds 24/7 open & when someone comes walking or glancing over hit Alt +Tab to flip between.

    • GEAGLE

      I’m thankful that after about 6 months, I finally get eagles coverage that doesn’t include:
      1) we don’t have talent on defense so we will be historically bad again
      2) our DC is an idiot
      3) FOles is a career backup
      4) we have to draft a QB in round 1
      5) thankful to finally have a QB who’s strength is throwing the ball..
      6) thankful that our secret sports science Voodoo has us so healthy so late in the season

      but I’m MOST thankful for Howie,Chip,Gamble,Billy Dee,Lazor,Azzinaro..

    • cliff henny

      i’m thankful Eagles have a coach that RUNS THE F’N BALL! plus, picks up 2nd/3rd/4th and 1’s at a rate better than 25%, or whatever pitiful percentage Reid was.

    • Andy124

      Since I’m quoting everyone else, may as well do myself.

      I’m grateful I can go back to the threads after the Dallas game and see all those stupid enough to think that one game is enough to make up your mind on someone (It’s the motherload).

      Oh yeah.

  • Joe from Easton

    I’m grateful for meaningful football after Thanksgiving and the prospect of a future franchise QB on our roster.

    I’m also thankful for bleeding heart liberals, puppy calendars, and the wonderful art of Miley Cyrus.

    Happy thanksgiving everyone.

  • Green Mug

    “although he has the ability to express his emotions of happiness or displeasure”

    I’m excited about having a robot play QB for us.

    • Andy124

      Awesome.

    • sprawl

      Nick’s voice acting abilities are above reproach in the weekly flash promo cartoons.

  • Brian

    I’m thankful for Nick Foles, 6-5 coming out of the bye, Birds 24/7, and Jerruh promising to be the GM ’til death.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • nicksaenz1

      I’m also thankful that the redskins have no first round pick next year as ransom for their average qb.

      • theycallmerob

        ….and ’15! thankful for the division-mates in general :)

        • nicksaenz1

          I’m not thankful for Jon Beason.

  • JofreyRice

    mere chatter on blogs in Phila.

  • GEAGLE

    FOles is a BAWSS!!!

    • JofreyRice

      shut up.

      • cliff henny

        family must be in town or on it’s way, little unnecessary hostility, still deserves upvote

        • JofreyRice

          haha! you got me! on the money.

        • JofreyRice

          haha, yeah, you’re right!

  • Mr. Magee

    Folks, I’m sure this has been written other places, but I haven’t seen it so I’m throwing it out there on thxgvg eve….

    Much as I want Nick to continue on his current trajectory, it just isn’t gonna happen. He’s gonna have some bad patches, some bad throws, a fumble or two, and even a few interceptions before the season is over. He’s gonna come back down to earth, in short.

    But that’s o.k. Doesn’t mean he is not the QB of the future. Just means that we all need to have realistic expectations and some perspective going forward. I still expect good things from down the stretch… just not gonna be surprised if the TD/INT ratio flips around one of these weeks.

    And let’s also keep the whole playoff thing in perspective as well… the chase is fun, and so would be having a game or two to watch in January, but we’re not going anywhere this year and still have a ways to go to catch up to the big boys!

    • Brian

      Thanks, Debby Downer:(

    • knighn

      That was a great posting…

      …for me to poop on!

      • Andy124

        Did ICDogg give you express written consent to say that? :)

        • sprawl

          It was implied fecal consent

        • knighn

          Yes, his express written consent was concise, well-written, and overall just amazing…

          For me to poop on!

    • Stephen Stempo

      I’d also like to add that the day we are born we start to slowly die… Most of us will have to bury our parents.. and our dogs and cats won’t make it past the age of 15.

      There is also no santa claus and Bacon probably isn’t very good for you..

      Also… all that time you’ve listened to Nickelback… you’re not getting back.

      Time’s yours.

      • Mr. Magee

        Awesome response from Stephen… Good stuff!

        All I’m saying is calm down – way too soon to be hanging from the rafters. Do what Nick does… Don’t get too high, and don’t get too low. Even keel will do just fine for now..

  • DirtyWaters

    I am thankful that this year brought great new comments. The remarks during last two years of the Big Red Regime were about as fresh as Andy’s schemes. I am thankful that people have moved on and are excited about the future.

  • Guest

    Foles coming up at 1:30 on 94 wip.
    Edit – 1:45 (team meeting)
    Re-Edit – 2:00 (mandatory weight lifting)

  • dislikedisqus

    Congratulations, Nick!

    Now go win the next 8 games in a row, please.

    • cliff henny

      you wanna lose in SB again? that was a rough night

      • nicksaenz1

        Weekend, for some of us. Arguably the worst and most degrading weekend of my life. Lots of self respect went down the drain.

        • cliff henny

          i was dating a pat fan girl, didnt watch game together…woke up next day, found 3 dominos empty pizza boxes, 1 for me, 1 for my dog and 1 for roommates dog (know this cause i walked both, hungover, for at least 4 hrs the next day), a note on my pillow from her (no clue she ever came over) saying yeah Pats 24-21…i only remember 24-14…was a rough one for all.

          • nicksaenz1

            I can’t actually share my weekend. It was THAT less-than-reputable.

          • cliff henny

            lol…well, gawd knows what i did to her, but she never came over after midnight again.

          • nicksaenz1

            I was in my 3rd year of college. So, you can make all the bold assumptions you want, something is bound to be in the ballpark.

          • cliff henny

            your’s might be worse, yet more understandable. being 21’ish i guess, in college surrounded by many Eagles fans….i was 33 in LA no eagle fan within earshot acting like a deranged drunken lunatic…good times!

      • dislikedisqus

        Well, I was thinking 11-5 would get a bye, although I realize it’s debatable.

        But it’s funny: if my wish came true, Eagles would make it to SB in 2013 – and people are unhappy about that? Remember where we were in Sep and Oct.

    • knighn

      I think Cliff is saying that Nick would really need to win the next 9 games in a row, as a 11-5 record would probably not get the Eagles a bye week.
      Carry on.