Chip: Foles Has Grown From Mistakes

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Chip Kelly said that they didn’t dwell on Nick Foles‘ bad outing against the Cowboys the first time around. They try to give each game equal value regardless of outcome so they looked at the mistakes, attempted to correct them and moved on.

That’s different than saying the memory of that game was quickly extracted and stored in some dark, forbidden place. You can carry the experiences of past failures with you and be either guided or crippled by them, and it appears Foles is choosing the former.

“He’s very analytical of himself, he’s very critical of himself in a constructive way, of how do I improve on this,” said Kelly. “But the first part of it, and kind of the whole thing we talk  to our team about all the time, is that we don’t make excuses. If we don’t do something right, you’ve got to admit to it first before you can correct it. If you continue to make an excuse then you are not acknowledging you made a mistake in the first place. I think our guys have a healthy dose of confidence in themselves and understand that you do have to make mistakes to continue to grow and continue to get outside your comfort level.


"One thing with Nick is I think he's very critical of himself but in a constructive way, and I think that shows up in the little teeny details that I think separates you from being good to going to great."

Foles, as you will be reminded many times this week, had the worst performance of his professional career against Dallas back on October 20, going 11-of-29 for 80 yards in a 17-3 loss. He was knocked out that game late with a concussion, and Michael Vick was back under center the next week . It was unknown how long  Foles would have to wait for his next opportunity. The answer was not very long at all, as Vick re-injured his hamstring against New York, giving Foles a shot at redemption in Oakland just two weeks after the Cowboys debacle. He responded by throwing seven touchdowns.

"I just know about his performance when he went back on the field against Oakland...I think it was really his performance that made a statement to everybody," said Kelly.

What has happened from that moment on has been pretty astonishing.

Over the last seven games, Foles has a 126.6 passer rating, which is the highest ever by an Eagle over a seven-game stretch. His overall quarterback rating of 118.8  ranks third in NFL history behind Aaron Rodgers (122.5 in 2011) and Peyton Manning (121.1 in 2004). Sunday night was one of his best outings of the season.  His 84 percent completion rate was a team record since single-game statistics started being tracked in 1960.

The Eagles are 6-1 since Foles took the reigns in Oakland. Kelly said quarterback stability has been a big reason why.

"There's a lot to that. And when we did stumble there was a lot of instability at the quarterback position. When you have a guy and you can get settled at it, I think it helps because people are going to know where he is going to be, when the ball is going to be released, what his makeup is and where we are going to be as an offense. I think it's been a huge part of our success over these last couple of games."

More from Kelly's day-after press conference:

-- The head coach was asked if a team can carry momentum into the next game following a big win.

"You'd like to say that but not in this league," said Kelly. "I think you better get rid of it, whether it's a win or a loss, very quickly. I'll give Dallas credit, they give up a 23-point lead to Green Bay the week before and the sky is falling and then they come back and beat Washington. This league will test you from the standpoint of, it's not what you did last week it's what you do this week and it's about how you prepare, so when we get back to work here tomorrow we better understand that."

-- On the team's mindset heading into the Dallas game: "As I told those guys last night, for us the playoffs just start this week. If we are fortunate enough to win on Sunday then we get an opportunity to play again. If we don't win on Sunday then we don't play again. It's very black and white to us. I don't think I have to hammer that home in terms of that this is the biggest game, because it is."

-- Kelly will adjust the schedule to ensure that the players get some down time for the holiday. They will get a little extra work in on Christmas Eve and December 26 to make up for a lighter day on Christmas.

-- Earl Wolff re-aggravated his knee injury early in the second quarter and did not return. Kelly suggested the decision to not re-insert him into the lineup was more precautionary. "We got a lead and we felt like we didn't need to put him back out there," said Kelly. "We'll see how he goes this week."

-- Tony Romo has received a lot of criticism over the years for his shortcomings in big games late in the season. How does Kelly view him?

"Fourth-and-six, game on the line, scrambles, keeps the ball alive, hits DeMarco Murray and they win the game [against Washington Sunday]. I'm always on what you did last and what he did last was pretty special. The way he avoided the rush, kept drives alive. I think he is as talented of a quarterback as there is in this league," said Kelly. "He's one of the really, really good quarterbacks we've seen, and I said that the first time we've played him. If you're a fan of just quarterback play, he's pretty special. We've got our work cut out for [us] but it's a challenge we're excited to go against."

  • RIP illa

    ROMO RULED OUT FOR THE SEASON!!!!!!!!!

    • cloisterwater

      circa 11:45PM on Sunday 12/29/13

      • Joe from Easton

        I think circa right now. Shefter just reported that he’s out for the Eagles game.

        • cliff henny

          nfl live just put it up…no romo, back. not good, paid him a crapload and back injuries linger.

          • Goombachiphi

            No Lee either

          • cliff henny

            pepper needs a new pair of shorts!!!!

        • RIP illa

          Screw Shefter…he’s got nothing on me!!! I just broke that story. LOL!

          • cloisterwater

            Gotta go with RIP, I heard it here first.

    • cloisterwater

      Just realized you were serious. Damn!!

    • Joe from Easton

      In other news; birds/boys flexed back to 1:00. haha, that one is a joke.

      • RIP illa

        Lol…perfect.

  • Chris

    I quickly read the title as “Chip Foles”, as if they got married and Chip changed his last name, or there was some cyborg created that merged the two. That would be awesome. Isn’t that a thing to say, the “Kelly-Foles marraige”, when talking about a QB/offensive coord or head coach pairing?

    Anyway, love the amount of articles being churned out today. Gotta feel like the Cowboys are a little nervous about the game after last night. I hope Wolff can get in for a decent amount of snaps this week as well. It’s a fun time to be an Eagles fan!!!!

  • Mikeq

    MildEagsFan MildEagsFan • 2 days ago −
    I’ll make sure to check back in when the Bears drop a 50 burger on our secondary
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    Just catching up with some older posts- so has this guy “checked back in ” yet?

    • cloisterwater

      In his defense, the conditions for him to check back in have not been met.

      • Mikeq

        LOL. I was just thinking the same thing- guess he really wasn’t obligated to check back in.

    • Andy124

      He has. Took credit for getting the 50 burger part right, just had the wrong team. I’m hoping he lets us know that Orton is going to pull a Cassel on us, so we can feel a little more confident that won’t happen.

      • Mikeq

        Thanks Andy. I’m about 10 posts back and probably wouldn’t have found out if he showed post game until about Friday at my pace.

  • Joe

    Ruben Amaro Jr. sighting at game last night

    • theycallmerob

      he needs to stick to screwing up just 1 philly franchise. No need for that bad ju-ju around the birds.

  • RIP illa

    Romo was the only player on the entirety of the cowboys that could beat us. He was the guy we had to take away w/ pressure and containment from the front 7!!! The only ways in which we lose this game is if we have a complete Cassel like letdown, or if Dallas and Orton plays outta their minds!!!

    Their D is horrible, Scandrick is there best CB, which is not a compliment, and they have good tackling safeties…too bad they’re normally make tackles 5-10 yards downfield.

    Dez is still good but has not shown the ability to take over a game, Miles is a shell of his former self, and although we lack the personnel to stay deep w/ Williams, I still think we can keep him in check. Pretty much we need to just keep Murray in check, and Big Ced and Barwin will handle that nicely and Boykin will lockdown Beasely!!! GAME…BIRDS!!!

    • cliff henny

      not only all that, but Romo is great at avoiding rush, buying time and delivering downfield. dallas’ defense is so bad, that people overlook how bad their o-line is. i hate dallas as much as anyone, but have to give Romo his props. they arent much more than 3 win team without him.

      • Andy124

        Right, but it’s December. And Orton is a pretty darn good backup. I’m not sure this improves our odds.

        • theycallmerob

          ha, those were my thoughts.
          Few QBs I’d choose to play with the game on the line in Dec. Romo tops that list.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Exactly! Romo means comfort as an Eagles fan in December! Orton equals unknown and has flashed in the past. Need to jump on them early and take thier hearts out.

          • cliff henny

            ok, not to defend romo, but his real issue is that he has no margin for error ever. clutch/choking, i dont get into all that, but there’s absolutely no doubt orton would have lost to skins by 20. romo can play, and i hate the guy.

          • theycallmerob

            You’re sounding like Barnwell a bit.
            I don’t think there was a way Romo would win. Less of a chance with Orton.

            And he shouldn’t have a margin, since his owner forces that disgrace of a team down our throats every year with the media behind him. I hope Romo loses every game the rest of his career, and still cashes those checks.

          • cliff henny

            i was 60/40 eagles with romo, now in the high 90′s. doesnt change the fact that romo hides alot of the flaws of the cowboys. kyle orton is going to expose just how truly awful the o-line is. everyone points to defense, they have just as bad o-line right now. romo just houdini’s every 3rd or 4th play. i think romo is 6-8th best qb in nfl, but they act like he’s manning or brady.
            .
            trust me, like i said about AP, will have no issue seeing him in sweats sunday

          • Mike Calabrese

            Dallas O line has been better than in last few years this year. That is why running game is better along with Murray being healthy for more time. However they are still not great and we bring the heat like this week and I think we will take their hearts early. Davis keep sending double a gap blitzes all game and it will wear them down.

          • cliff henny

            see how they run when no one fears the QB.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Agreed.

          • Andy124

            It just throws off the whole balance. They might actually stick to running the ball which they should always do and always fail to do. We might overcommit to the run, letting Orton get in to an early comfort zone and go Cassel on us.

            I know Romo makes a lot of plays, puts up great numbers and is basically the team. But a lot of times, when you take that central player out of the mix, the offense becomes more balanced and finds surprising success (see McNabb vs. his backups).

          • cliff henny

            those teams didnt have historically terrible defenses. yes, teams can close the ranks, play ball control, put for field position, etc. learn on other parts of team, except dallas’ line is bad on top too.
            .
            com’on man, it’s kyle F’N orton…this is going to be a beating!

          • Andy124

            I’ll just hope for a mirror image of the Bears game. Strike quickly and often and put the game squarely on Orton’s shoulders. In that scenario, I definitely feel better about having Orton back there than Romo.

          • cliff henny

            fair enough, i appreciate your apprehension, i just dont have any (good friend of mine was denv fan when KO was playing, it was rough to watch). for me, there is literally no scenario i wouldnt rather have orton over romo. romo is a really good/ slightly less than elite qb, orton is a good game manager type. it’s not a cassel type deal, who had been getting reps and had timing with recrs, and is a better qb in general.
            .
            sure gameplan will be a ton of murray, but all that’ll go out window once dallas’ defense gives up 17-21 on 1st 4 possessions.

      • EaglePete

        Exactly, he had some nifty spin moves out of trouble yesterday. Orton can play all out though with no fear, that doesnt worry me but it is a factor. Hes playing with house money at home. That lack of game day experience though should catch up to him and we should be able to confuse him a bit. If ands and buts though. Crazy, now were supposed to crush them.

        • cliff henny

          romo should have been sacked 5-6 times in last 2 drives. he is great at spinning out and keeping eyes downfield. kyle orton is sitting duck, hasnt taken rep since aug, played meaningfull game in 4 yrs. unleash the hounds, kendricks and cole!!!

      • RIP illa

        So true. I was 100% serious when I said he was the only Player on that team that could beat us. The key to the game would have been our DL getting pressure but somehow still stopping his improvisation…that’s tough for any DL. Now we just gotta go balls to the wall and get after Orton. That’s such a huge break for us, regardless if I believe that we have a better squad than the cowboys w/ Romo.

        EDIT: And we just took so much pressure off of Kendricks and Ryans now that they don’t have to keep one eye on him and the other on their zone/man!!!

  • Sig

    No ROMO, damn.

  • Mike Calabrese

    No Romo! I don’t know why but that actually makes me more nervous. This means jumping on them early should rip there hearts out. Make Orton play from behind and the team feel like world is collapsing.

    • cloisterwater

      I feel the same

      • Mike Calabrese

        It’s just that natural worry as a fan of the unknown. This team comes out hungry with something to prove like last night we will be fine.

        • cloisterwater

          Especially as a philly fan. I honestly think we’ll roll the cowboys, but I hate being overconfident.

          • EaglePete

            I think Ive posted and texted friends something similar about 20 times today. Its the Philly fan in me, Im never comfortable. Tell me were supposed to win and I worry even more. Thats mostly Andys fault haha

          • cliff henny

            they just hung half a hundred…if you are ever going to be over-confident, it’s today…even moreso now that a never used, immobile rusty qb behind terrible o-line backed by even worse defense!

        • BlindChow

          I think it’s the Vikings game that makes us nervous.

    • Maggie

      Let us hope that Orton is not another Kurt Warner!

      • GEAGLE

        Hash a good one

  • DallasEagle

    Romo out for season

    • Mike Calabrese

      Dallas Eagle mean your an Eagles fan in Dallas?

      • BlindChow

        It’s Dallas Reynolds.

  • theycallmerob

    I wonder if Jerrah took out insurance policies on Romo. Not that anyone could predict the back injury, but his mental breakdown is all but assured by 2015. Wonder if there’s a contract clause for that.

    • cliff henny

      nope, the money is guarenteed.
      .
      plus, they have to extend him after ’14 to get under cap again. jones rolled the dice bigtime that Romo would be healthy and top10 thru ’19. it’s a crazy contract

  • Joe from Easton

    I’ll be honest; a part of me would’ve rather seen Romo than Orton. The other part thinks we will smack down the Cowboys regardless, but damn, an unknown variable being introduced in a one game winner take all scares me. I see a more run oriented clock control offense with Orton at the helm. Rivers and Cassel destroyed us doing that.

  • EaglePete

    Now the Cowboys have a built in excuse for losing. Alright Jerry, feel free to keep that staff around and keep on drafting gems like you do. Oh and back pain is not a good thing for an aging QB. CK wont let em sleep, theyll be ready.

    • Mike Calabrese

      Agreed whatever keeps that team together is a great thing. Jerry will always stay GM or if somehow decided to step out of title couldn’t help but make decisions. He is the best thing that happened to our Division!

      • EaglePete

        and Dan Snyder, the gift that keeps on giving, how very appropriate this week to say/type that.

  • ia

    EaglePete
    There you got your excuse from Jerry. Romo has fake injury as excuse for next weeks loss.

  • Eagles4Life

    Foles is making me a believer. And man, Billy Davis had those guys flying around between the bluffed and real blitzes. I’m going to keep my calm, but this team could really do some damage in the playoffs.