Foles Responds To Bissinger Piece

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Nick Foles read Buzz Bissinger’s piece for Philly Mag. Some of it, anyway. The rest he picked up in bits and pieces through Twitter and word of mouth.

Addressing the media on the front lawn of the NovaCare Complex as the team reported for training camp Friday, he was asked about Bissinger’s assertion that he needed an infusion of strut in his demeanor and must step fully into the spotlight in order to become the quarterback this team needs him to be.

“I don’t agree with it,” said Foles, “because I think a quarterback and a leader, it’s not necessarily what you do in the limelight — obviously handling yourself in the appropriate manner is very important for the organization and for your teammates — but I always believed that you need to be who you are. If you’re a guy who loves to be at everything and do that and you can be a great player and a great leader as well, that’s awesome because that’s naturally what you’re great at, that’s naturally what you want to do.

“If I were to go and do all of that, that’s sort of out of my norm. I’ve always been more of a laid back Texas boy, I love my family and being with my family, and that’s what I stick to. I love the game of football, I love getting better. My teammates know me because I show them who I am in the locker room and then I don’t change when I get on the field, I’m the same guy everywhere they see me. It’s not like anything changes.”

Foles did not participate in the article, explaining that he “just didn’t want to put that much time on me” when the focus should be on the team in his view.

The lens is naturally drawn to the quarterback in this league, of course, and Foles is the signal-caller in one of the top markets in football. With that comes a lot of attention. He’s entering a different world in that respect. Last year Michael Vick was there to share the stage. This year it’s all No. 9.

“If I was worried about every single article out there, I wouldn’t be able to play the game of football,” said Foles. “It goes back to zoning it out. When I play a game, I zone out everything and just focus on the play. When I come up here I don’t worry about what people are saying because everybody is going to have their own opinion.”

The players have been off for over a month and many were seeing each other for the first time in weeks as they checked in Friday afternoon. Foles was the first to speak to the media. Jeremy Maclin followed. As the quarterback gave way to the receiver, he greeted him with a hug before heading inside.

“I’m so excited. I didn’t even sleep last night,” said Foles. “I couldn’t wait to get up this morning and get everything going. The drive here you just sort of reminisce on everything last year and the offseason. It’s actually here. I know all of us are giddy, we’re all seeing each other in the locker room. It’s been a month. We’re all ready to go.”

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  • guest

    “I wrote a book about high school football so now I’m an expert on sports psychology”
    – Buzz Bissinger

  • Jack Carr

    Foles is almost too good to be true. Love the guy.
    Bissinger, on the other hand, is a nasty, old, washed up, Elephant Man looking, amoral, egotistical hack.

    • GreenBleedin

      yes, but did you know he wrote “Saturday Night Lights”? I seem to recall him telling us that 17 times in each of his articles and interviews.

    • MagatBrackendale

      C’mon, now. Bissinger can’t help getting old.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Well, there is one thing he could do about it.

    • A Roy

      Stop holding back. Tell people how you really feel.

  • DirtyWaters

    This year’s QB controversy is Foles vs. Himself.

    • CHRIS – CB with dreads

      Foles vs. breaking his own 7-TD record.

      That’s the controversy i’m most interested in following.

      • Ron Swanson

        So what are you going to do after week 1?

  • dnabrice

    We’ve all gone through this. That article was annoying at best. Def not Sheil/TMac. I’m surprised Foles didn’t have more words about how worthless the article was. Though maybe he said it best…

    “If I was worried about every since article out there, I wouldn’t be able to play the game of football”

    • Kevin

      T-Mac forgot the end of that quote…

      “If I was worried about every since article out there, I wouldn’t be able to play the game of football. I just worry about the great ones on Birds 24/7”

  • Amar, CB who bought in

    The fact is, the article seemed to be well researched and had a lot of good information for Eagles fans wanting to know more about FOles. The real problem was the opinions that Buzz Bissinger kept inserting from time to time were not based on anything in the article. By the end, Bissinger just comes across as a bitter idiot in need of attention.

  • Bullwinkle

    Foles has exactly the right traits to be an excellent QB in the NFL. He also happens to have the right traits to be highly successful almost anywhere (but, maybe not Wall St.). I am proud to have him leading the Eagles.

  • OldDuckMcDoc

    All those reporters there and nobody thought to ask Foles if he was in fact, as Bissinger alleged, white.

    For shame.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      not only white, but oppressively white. and rich. and religious. and humble. and sober. then, apologize for being so.

    • DirtyWaters

      How long has Foles been a white quarterback?

      • Dunno, his parents refused comment for the story as well

        • DirtyWaters

          We need Josh do to a heartwarming background piece on how Nick had to overcome his whiteness, stable home life and affluence in order to get a shot in this league.

  • Bring back geagle please

    Love foles more and more everyday. Could we have found the boycout qb who has no quirky personality issues like Randall or Donovan and is uber competitive at the same time. Reminds me more and more of manning in his demeanor ad personality every day.

  • Chip

    Off the grass, Foles!

  • cdot

    Ultimate team player, I am very glad Foles is the qb leading the Eagles.

  • paul from nc


  • ia

    Once Foles is settled in the NFL he’ll loosen up.
    If not, he might be a robot created by the Pentagon for future warfare..

  • Frank

    Who the F is this geek writer to tell Foles how he should act?

    Foles was the #1 passer in the NFL…and led eagles from last place to First Place

    Foles is only 25 years and will be the Eagles QB for the next 10 years, and will win several Super Bowls.

    Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Roger Staubach and many others were professional good solid people like Foles.

    • Harpy Eagle

      correction…next 100 years

      • DirtyWaters

        Correction…next 1000 years.

      • frank

        McNabb was Eagles QB for 11 years…..Foles can also.

    • Max Lightfoot

      Lighten up, Francis.

      If that’s the worst criticism Foles gets, I think he can live with it.

  • Phyxius

    Translation: “Gosh! Friggin’ idiot!”

  • Bird of Prey

    Love Philly magazine, and been on this site since Shiel’s email that he was moving, but man did they publish the wrong article. I know they paid this guy, but what a terrible piece.