Nick Foles blew everyone away with his 2013 season. He tied an NFL record with 7 TD passes in a game. He posted one of the highest QB ratings in NFL history. Foles finished with 27 TDs and just 2 INTs. That was truly a great season.
We don’t know how Foles will play in 2014. Teams will adjust to him. Foles will make adjustments of his own. And so on.
One thing we do know is that Foles gets it.
Listen to this radio interview with Foles. He says all the right things, but not in a contrived “I’m talking to the media” way. Foles seems to really mean the things he says. He comes across as genuine. This is critical for a QB. Foles mentions in the interview that you have to be yourself. If you put on a fake personality, those around you will see through that and won’t take you seriously.
Foles doesn’t have a fiery, in-your-face personality. He doesn’t try to fake it and act like that. He understands the importance of being a natural leader. And make no mistake…Foles is the leader. He talks in the interview about knowing players are watching him. How does he act after a TD? Or an INT?
QB just isn’t any old position. You’re the face of the franchise and the leader of the team. Foles gets that and he’s doing and saying the right things. I think part of the reason Mark Sanchez failed with the Jets is that he didn’t get the big picture. He was doing GQ photo shoots and going to Broadway plays. Re-watch the old Jets Hard Knocks episodes. You’ll see Sanchez being a prankster with the other QBs in their meeting room.
Bill Parcells tried to break Tony Romo of this type stuff before he left Dallas. Tuna explained to Romo that you can’t be the class clown and the team leader. You can have some fun, but it has to be secondary to a business-like attitude.
Foles absolutely has the mental and emotional makeup to be a franchise QB. This season we’ll find out more about whether he is a franchise QB on the field as well.
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Megan Fox as an Eagles cheerleader? Sort of.
Does this mean we were destined for each other?
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I missed Jeff McLane’s practice notes from the other day. This tidbit was interesting.
– While Kelly agreed that he has a better understanding of his players in terms of the depth chart this time of the offseason as opposed to a year when he said it was more of a seating chart, there was still plenty of shuffling of personnel within the first, second and teams. Joe Kruger, for instance, took a number of repetitions at left defensive end with the first unit in place of Cedric Thornton. Kruger spent all of his rookie season on IR last year. Rookie wide receiver Josh Huff was on the field with the starting offense for a number of plays.
Kruger is a player I liked quite a bit for the 2013 draft, but he was very young and struggled at times as he adjusted to the NFL and playing in the 3-4. He had shoulder surgery and then spent the season on IR. It would be a big help to the defense if Kruger took a big step forward and proved to be a good backup DE.