Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Foles gets another chance at No. 1 job
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- Opportunities to win NFL starting jobs are supposed to be rare. Try telling Nick Foles that.
The second-year quarterback will get his fourth chance in less than a year to establish himself as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starter. Foles started six games last season, but was back to square one after head coach Andy Reid was fired.
New coach Chip Kelly gave Foles a chance to compete with veteran Michael Vick in training camp. Vick won the job with an excellent preseason, but was struggling when he was injured Oct. 6 against the New York Giants.
That brought about Foles’ third chance. He played superbly, throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-20 victory at Tampa Bay. Going into the next week’s game at Dallas, with first place in the NFC East at stake, Foles had a chance to take a firm grip of the job.
He flopped, completing 11 of 29 passes for just 80 yards before being knocked out of the game with a concussion.
“It was tough, but the pressure wasn’t the thing,” Foles said. “I didn’t play well. I’ve got to make sure in those games, I’ve got to be accurate with the ball. I wasn’t, and that’s on me.”
Foles has said he has a “24-hour rule” after games. He enjoys wins and feels bad about losses for one day, then comes back to work with the same mentality either way. Because he was unable to watch film or practice for a week after the concussion, that Dallas performance lingered.
“You do feel emotions,” Foles said. “You’re human. You play bad and it creeps in that you let everybody down. But then you get back to it.”
After watching the Dallas film, Foles said he had a better understanding of why he missed some throws and why he failed to make some others. He said that would be his emphasis in practice this week.
“I was inaccurate,” Foles said. “I take pride in being an accurate quarterback. That’s something I have to focus on this week.”
He gets his fourth chance to establish himself as the No. 1 quarterback because Vick played poorly again before reinjuring his hamstring Sunday, and because rookie Matt Barkley wasn’t able to stake his claim to the job in a second relief performance.
“Obviously you want to have a great game every game,” Foles said. “You want to win every game. In life, you want to have a great day everyday. But you do have bad days. You can’t let the bad days get you down, no matter what.
“I looked at that game as, I want to get better because of this. I don’t want this to bring me down. It’s tough, but it’s going to make me a better person and a better player. It’s going to make me better, I know that.”