Foles: I’m Not Afraid To Throw an INT

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

At one point this season, Nick Foles had thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Considering the ridiculousness of those numbers, some will naturally wonder whether he was overly conservative.


"I'm not afraid to throw an interception," Foles said during an interview with ESPN's Mike & Mike at the Super Bowl. "I know that it's gonna happen. I know that guys are gonna look at me, look to me when I do it, and they're gonna see how I react. And I want to sling the ball around. I want to throw it around. So if I do happen to make a mistake, the guys know I'm still gonna be slinging it their way and they're gonna make plays."

The numbers suggest Foles was more than willing to sling it downfield all season long. He led the NFL averaging 9.12 yards per attempt, and 27.4 percent of his throws traveled more than 15 yards downfield. That was the highest mark in the league among qualified starters, per ESPN Insider.

Foles' resiliency was tested after his rough outing against the Cowboys in October. But he bounced back with a seven touchdown performance against the Raiders. The Eagles' QB identified that game as a turning point.

"I think after the Oakland game, it was one of those things where the team was like, 'Hey, we can do this. Let's do it,' " Foles said. "And we just took it from there."

Asked what Chip Kelly is looking for out of his QB, Foles added: "Chip's offense, I believe, playing quarterback, the main thing is to get the playmakers the ball. And you have to make plays on your feet at times, but in Chip's offense, he wants a guy that can distribute the ball, be smart, be quick in thinking and be able to react, be able to go fast."

Foles goes into his third year as the starter of the defending NFC East champs.

"We had a good year," he said. "It's something that we've gotta build on. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Just because we played well last season doesn't mean we're gonna do it this year, so we have to have that same drive we've always had."

Foles also joined The Dan Patrick Show. Video of that interview (where he discusses Napoleon Dynamite) is embedded below. Warning that the video was not working on my computer early Thursday afternoon, but it did work on my phone. Here is the direct YouTube link.

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  • Joe from Easton

    By the start of next season expectations are going to be sky high for the young man; not only locally, but nationally. Hope he and chip live up to them!

    They have a chance to be special. They’re both so early in their careers and that recipe (new HC and QB) has given the NFL a few memorable tandems, and in all fairness probably a lot more shitty ones, but I these two have already proven not to be that. Can we get another 5-7 years of good football like Reid / McNabb, or even beyond (10 years of Championship caliber ala Belichick / Brady, Shula / Marino)? I don’t know, but I’m excited to find out.

    Go birds 2014.

    • anon

      please don’t give us the schula marino / reid mcnabb no ring curse

      • theedevilsadvocate

        yes we are passed that this needs to be more like montana and walsh or brady and beliake

    • GEAGLE

      You think expectations will be sky high? I syptill hear clueless dopes still talking about Vick, mobility and not being sold on FOles every day still…for expectations to be sky high people have to believe in him, and so many fans, writers and analysts are just too dumb to get on board

      • peteike

        dopes is the proper term there, his stock will rise during camp when all the meaningless early rankings come out and they base everything off the previous seasons success. So ya, I think expectations will be there but I also think he will have a bit of slack base on experience/age.

        • Maggie

          If only he didn’t look like he should still be in high school. Facially, I mean.

        • Joe from Easton

          You nailed what I was thinking. I can just see once the season is close and prognostication goes into overdrive that Foles and “what will he do this year” will be THE story of the Eagles. It’ll probably be even more focused on Foles nationally than locally because national coverage is so shallow.

      • OregonDucker

        Dopes?? You mean the one’s that don’t know he has an exhibit in the Hall of Fame, shared with Peyton Manning, and was MVP of the Pro Bowl. Those dopes?

      • Joe from Easton

        I just think a lot of the rhetoric is going to be based on his success this year (of course) and it’s going to cause the average fan to expect a lot of him. I’m excited to see how he handles it though.

  • theedevilsadvocate

    i dont believe he is affraid to throw int’s i think he i just smart enough to not make very many stupid throws… you know like ones to recievers who are being doubled up or while he is scrambling falling backwards throwing it up for grabs. lets hope he keeps those type of plays out of his repetoire or keeps them limited as he pretty much has…

    • theedevilsadvocate

      whoever is downvoting forgot my other comment above…^^^^^^^

      • Andy124

        What do you expect? Nobody likes the devil. He doesn’t deserve an advocate.

        Except the robot devil. He’s awesome.

        • cliff henny

          futurama reference, double thumbs up…that’s impressive.

  • jabostick

    I think more than wondering if he was too conservative, I think people might wonder if there’ll just be a regression to the mean a bit.

    I know that ‘regression’ argument drives some people here crazy because it is the opposite of analytical. But there are plenty of coaches who preach ball security and making smart throws (so it’s hard to argue the ‘Chip’s a genius’ angle) and there are plenty of great/smart quarterbacks who still throw picks.

    Even considering Sheil’s number the other day about Foles’ lack of ‘near interceptions’, his TD-Int ratio was just ridiculous. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect that level of production for a full season again – smart QB, genius coach, and great fit considered.

    • Ark87

      There will likely be trade offs. He will likely get to a point where he takes less sacks, but the flip side of that will probably be slightly more intentional groundings/ ints. The trick will be finding balance there. It’s just unlikely that Nick will be able to protect the ball as ridiculously well as he did this season, but I do think he will still be one of (if not THE) best at it, regardless. I think Nick can and will improve in some areas to make up for it anyway.

      One neat thing about Nick is some of his pump fakes are actually him aborting a throw, having seen a bad situation half way into his throw. He has the hands to keep a hold of the ball and reload. He doesn’t have the quickest release, but he seems to be making the most of it to maximize his decision making.

  • Bullwinkle

    I am impressed every time I listen to a Nick Foles interview. He comes across as intelligent, thoughtful, and courteous. There is no hint of a big ego. He can laugh at himself. I hope he has a long and successful career.

    • Andy124

      In contrast, talking about Richard Sherman:

      He’s afraid of our receivers, and that’s something I’m looking forward to [exploiting] next year. ~Colin Kaepernick

      • Maggie

        Lol. Lol. Lol. ;-))

  • Andy124

    Too many interviews. Not enough yoga.

    • cliff henny

      never enough Yoga instructors.

      • Richard Colton

        or pants

        • Andy124

          Beat me to it.

          • Richard Colton

            Yoga pants are god’s way of saying “I’m sorry for making Uggs a thing”

          • cliff henny

            if that’s nsfw, then you need a new boss! that right there’s way i even have a job

          • Andy124

            Hey, I said “possibly”. You never know how some places may be.

          • GEAGLE

            Can’t believe you like that site….hate junkie. Then again it’s better then bloodyelbow

          • Andy124

            I started there before they had forums or accounts and it was called ufcjunkie. There were a lot of really goodfunny guys over there. Eventually abandoned the mma section and lived in the Off Topic forum. Can’t get there from here, so I just drop in once in a while now. And it’s infinitely better than sherdog.

          • GEAGLE

            I’m just breaking balls and hating lol, I was one of the cofounders of mania…sold my stake in it in 2011..how bout Chael and Wanderlie rumbling on the set of tuf Brazil? Lol

          • Andy124

            Didn’t hear about that. If they fight it won’t be very competitive now. Chael has unfortunately far surpassed the axe murderer at this point.

          • GEAGLE

            Dude, you have to read up on it…wand flipped out, attacked Chael, Chael slams him and mounts Wand, and then one of wanderleis assistant coaches sucker punched Chael in the back of the head. Straight up WWE type ish

          • Wilbert31

            This link should have been provided in the Tight Ends article.

          • Andy124

            Good one. lol

  • cliff henny

    fun nfl stat. 2013, teams were 60-58 in which qb threw for over 300 yards. Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady were 24-4, rest of league, 36-54. foles was 1-0, couple high 290′s game. lot of teams think they have elite qbs, they dont. 52 others guys on team. folesand kelly seem to get this. make good decisions and get ball into playmakers hands.

    • GEAGLE

      FOles isn’t elite yet, but he will,get there…this kid keeps making a lot of “smart” people look really bad…it’s not too late to change your tune McManus lol

      • cliff henny

        rather have great decision makers, who will improve physicals, then the bradford stafford romo cutler ‘s who have all the talent but 5 cent heads. think fans of the nfl waiting for a big foles regression are going to be waiting awhile. know fans want everything to be either lucky or system that any qb could do, but it wasnt. smart qb playing within system making correct reads. he isnt getting dumber

        • anon

          yeah more about decisions than yards.

        • Coatesvillain

          I’d honestly take Bradford out of that group. I haven’t seen anything besides him being a top pick that suggest he has the talent. I’m probably alone on that tho.

          • peteike

            Bradford is awful. For every flash of decent play or game, he has 5 bad games. I will be surprised if they still give him another shot at this point. Can you imagine being a Rams fan at this point, I mean how long do you have to wait for your team to move on. I mean Kellen Clemons made him look bad.

          • Coatesvillain

            And it sounds like they’ll be coming back with him again next year. I don’t get it. I’m glad that’s not our situation.

        • GEAGLE

          Absolutely…

          Anyone hear what Josh Gordon said to do when talking about RG3? “Him and any mobile QB, once they get to the NFL, STOP RUNNING!! just stop running!! Have you seen today’s DLinemen?”….he spoke highly of his former team mate. interesting to see such a young new age NFL player have that opinion of QBs..

          QBs brain at this level, really is EVERYTHING!! It’s EVERYTHING!!!! none of these kids would have ever been drafted if they didn’t have a physical skillset that has been successful at this level before. Some have more physical tools then others, but it’s how you use your mind to implement your tools that will make you fail or succeed at this level…
          …Look at Peyton, he isn’t some gunslinger. His arm has been average for the most part these past two years. Like seriously, how much better ways Peyton’s arm this year than Nicks? Doubt much

          • GEAGLE

            Peyton and his average arm and FOles and his average arm both set historic and franchise records…while cannon armed dopes with all the experience and major weapons like cutler,romo and Dez continue to suck

  • Scott J

    I think Nick looks more like Tom Petty than Napoleon Dynamite.

    • Richard Colton

      Nick Foles…The Man Who Won’t Back Down

      • Scott J

        No Free Fallin!

    • usmcnole

      Lets get to the point…

  • Mike Person

    Foles won’t throw near coverage. Example – Game 1 vs Dallas. He held the ball forever because his receivers won’t open. His success was largely have to weapons on the field in McCoy and Jackson. Well, Jackson won’t be there and we’ll see what happens in 2014. Prediction – decent QB, middle of the pack. NOT A PLAYMAKER.