Monday, November 4, 2013
Foles' other impressive number: zero picks
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- Everybody is talking about Nick Foles and the number 7. Hardly anyone is talking about the Eagles' quarterback and the number 0.
That's how many interceptions Foles threw during his record-tying seven-touchdown game Sunday in Oakland. That continues Foles' season-long perfection when it comes to avoiding picks. Foles has set an Eagles' record with 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions to start a season.
“Turnovers kill you,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “We've talked as a staff since we got here and with our players, it's our ability to not turn the ball over on the offensive side of the ball. We control that. I think obviously our numbers are down compared to what they were here before”
That's an understatement. The Eagles turned the ball over 37 times last year. They had just 13 takeaways.
“Whenever you're on the plus side of the turnover category, usually you're going to have a successful day,” Kelly said. “I think by and large we've done a decent job of that during the season. The Chiefs game was obviously the one game we were minus-five, and we obviously lose the game by 10.”
Michael Vick was the quarterback in the Eagles' 26-16 loss to the Chiefs. He threw two interceptions, including one that Eric Berry returned 38 yards for a touchdown. But Vick, with just one other interception this season, also has done a good job of protecting the ball.
Foles' knack for avoiding interceptions begins before he gets the ball, Kelly said.
“I think it's pre-snap knowledge, kind of getting an understanding of where (defenders are) going,” Kelly said. “I don't think he's getting surprised by what he's getting. He kind of understands what the presentation is pre-snap. Can he confirm it on his first step post-snap, kind of see where he is.”