Foles, First-Team Offense Struggle

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
CHICAGO — Not a great start for Nick Foles and company.

The first-team offense played three series in the preseason opener against the Bears. Two ended in Foles interceptions and the third a Donnie Jones punt. Not the end of the world, but certainly not what Chip Kelly was hoping for out of his starters.

Foles finished 6-of-9 for 44 yards and a pair of picks. The first one came on the team’s first possession. Facing pressure, Foles’ pass intended for Ifeanyi Momah floated and was hauled in by safety Ryan Mundy. Earlier on the drive he wasn’t able to locate a wide-open Jeremy Maclin streaking down the field, and was nearly intercepted on a pass over the middle intended for Brent Celek.

Maclin, playing in his first game since 2012, had one catch for 15 yards.

Foles’s second interception came in Bears territory at the end of the first quarter. His pass intended for Zach Ertz was behind the tight end and wound up in the hands of Sherrick McManis (no relation).

Riley Cooper (foot) made the trip to Chicago and is out of the walking boot but did not play. Foles had been practicing without both Cooper and Maclin (sore legs) for much of the week and had trouble getting synched up with a make-shift receiving corps that included Momah, Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith. He continued to look out of his comfort zone tonight, even with Maclin back in the fold.

It wasn’t just Foles. The offense’s second drive stalled thanks to three penalties (the flags were everywhere Friday night): a Maclin facemask and holds by Evan Mathis and Jason Peters. Mathis was flagged for holding twice in limited action.

Plenty to work on next week in the lead up to the second preseason game against the Patriots, which includes three joint practices in New England.

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  • Tanner Cleffi

    Notes from the game.

    1. Rusty for the 1st team, but that will be expected.

    2. Every rookie draft pick contributed some, and Marcus Smith, Beau Allen, and Josh Huff were extremely impressive.

    3. Henery’s kick offs seem stronger.

    4. Special teams, every aspect, look very much improved.

    5. Penalties were outrageous in the first quarter (that’s mostly what I’m attributing Foles’ lack of rhythm to)

    I used to say I wanted 3 RB’s and 6 WR’s on this roster. After seeing all of the RB’s play well (aside from Tucker’s fumble) I’d have no problem keeping another RB instead. (I’d keep Tucker, and my WR’s would be Maclin Cooper Huff Matthews and Smith, even though I’d love to see Momah make the roster)

  • Well he’s had a shaky TC so the interceptions here are a carry over from that I’d imagine. I’m curious to know what he’s seeing or not seeing to cause the INTS.

    With that said it’s pre-season game 1 – no need to worry – however if he goes through he pre-season with multiple INTS then one should be concerned. Until then just chalk it up to rust and move on.

  • Kev_H

    It’s pre-season. As long as nobody gets hurt. I am happy with the outcome.

    • hrtak

      Exactly… Casey Matthews is nobody :)

      • Johnny Domino

        His mom should bring him some soup.

  • peteike

    He was just getting the INTs out of the way prior to reg season

  • anon

    2 picks in 9 throws and you aren’t worried? Sanchez looked like the best QB we have? There’s been a lot of talk about Foles’ regression – I don’t really buy into too much of that. But this is sort of similar to what we saw in preseason last year where Foles was not very good under pressure.

    It’s only the first pre-season game, but all they Peyton and Brady comparisons are obviously very premature. Hopefully they get this stuff cleaned up or it’s going to be a LONG season.

    • Rick H

      Go back to Dallas!

    • peteike

      2 picks in all his starts last season in games that mattered so ya, no not worried

    • Glorified practice.
      This is exactly why we need the down votes back!

    • CallMePapi

      Lmaoo its preseason , i know its a fans nature to overreact but calm down.

    • All Things Bad@ss

      2 weeks ago these dudes were sitting on the beach sipping on Mai Tais. Takes a little time to get the groove back, nah mean??

  • anon

    Saw the Rams / Saints game, those teams look good. The RB that gashed us in the playoffs actually looks talented based on what I saw tonight so maybe I shouldn’t feel too bad.

    • Will, Always Shady

      Khiry Robinson, I think. He has some skills

  • Rick H

    Pre season or not the NFL should be completely & utterly humiliated plus thoroughly embarrassed by the inept officiating crew on the field in Chicago. They were incompetent, disorganized and throwing flags because they lost control of the game. Their only saving grace was it was pre season. The fans, the players were props for them to use while they ruined a pre season game. Think about that??? Ruining a pre sesson game is almost impossible but they did it. How anyone can assess anything after that disgraceful display of over reacting to points of penalty emphasis by the officials I do not know.

    • No. They are going to call the games much tighter this year. When refs showed up to the various TC they were throwing flags left and right. I suspect this will be the new norm, unless the NFL decides it’s causing too much havoc.

      But at the moment this is how they’ve been directed to call games.

      • All Things Bad@ss

        I sure as hell hope not.

    • Bird of Prey

      First time officiating crew. But they are being told to call the holding on the db’s over 5 yards down field. For those of us that like defense(like any Philly fan) it stinks.

  • Wilbert M.

    Missing Maclin on the post was inexcusable. He was so open it was ridiculous. There was another play where Shady was in the flat and he probably could have run backwards for a TD. Foles reminded me of the guy we saw in the first Dallas game last year. I keep hoping Foles shows he’s “the guy” but he scared me tonight.

    • Rick H

      I hope you are being sarcastic. If you were to makes evaluations off that game then the Eagles should cut Mathis & Peters today. Ha ha! The game was ruined by officials overreacting to points of emphasis. No flow & no sense of control from first year/ first time crew. The officials tried way too hard. Failed miserably!

  • Mugzy Payton

    Everybody should have had some low level concerns about Foles headed into the season, just because there have been QBs before who have been good in year 1 and then never were able to regain that same form after a year of tape.

    The pre-season doesn’t mean everything, but it does have some meaning.. so on a scale of 1-10:

    10 = we have Bobby Hoying
    1 being we have Aaron Rodgers
    5 being we have Jay Cutler.

    I started the season at a 4 and now near a 5.

    • All Things Bad@ss

      We have Nick Foles. He’ll be just fine.