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Nick Foles “having a blast” and so are his teammates

Colt McCoy, Nick Foles AP

After throwing a pick on his first possession as a starter, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles settled in and had some fun. And apparently, his teammates were having fun as well.

I’m having a blast,” Foles said, via Les Bowen of the Phildelphia Daily News. “There’s nothing like it, when you go out there and you’re on the field with your guys that you worked with all week, it’s special. In preseason, I’m learning a lot, developing relationships with all the guys.

“That’s the key, when you’re playing, not only are you a team, you’re sort of like a family.”

Foles started in the place of the injured Michael Vick, and had a fairly exceptional evening.

He left at halftime with a 17-3 lead, on 12-of-19 passing for 146 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, good for a 99.9 rating. The numbers were almost better, as what was initially ruled a Damaris Johnson touchdown was overturned.

“He managed the game well,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said of Foles. “He made a couple of nice throws. There were a couple I think he’d like to have back. Those were young guy mistakes. He worked through it, he came back and he kept firing.

“You’re looking at that as a coach – does he get gun shy, or does he continue to fire? He did it. He stayed aggressive, did a pretty nice job.”

In three games, the third-rounder is 36-of-57 passing (63.2 percent) for 507 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions, and a 112.2 passer rating. But perhaps as importantly, he’s making fans in the locker room with an aggressive style.

“He’s just one of those guys who’s got that gunslinger mentality; if he sees somebody going deep, he’ll let it go, and he’s got the confidence in himself to make every throw on the field, so that’s always fun,” left tackle King Dunlap said.

With every passing week, Foles is becoming more and more popular in Philadelphia. Bowen even joked about his “relaxing pregame stroll across the surface of Lake Erie.”

In the short term, that will mean leap-frogging Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards for a backup job. But it could also make for an interesting decision on Vick, and whether the Eagles want to pay him $16.5 million next year.

Foles may not be ready for a full-time starting job, but the early signs are positive.

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25 Responses to “Nick Foles “having a blast” and so are his teammates”
  1. pftcensorssuck says: Aug 25, 2012 8:48 AM

    I guess the question is: can Foles go 8-8, cheaper than Vick?

  2. stanklepoot says: Aug 25, 2012 9:00 AM

    Need to have a caption contest for that picture. Maybe something like “Foles and McCoy can’t help but share a laugh when discussing Weeden’s performance”.

  3. cntblah says: Aug 25, 2012 9:00 AM

    How can write this story without at least one mention of Kevin Kolb?

  4. jakeblues68 says: Aug 25, 2012 9:02 AM

    Anything less than Vick playing the full season without getting hurt (LoL) and taking them to the conference championship game means goodbye Vick and hello Foles.

  5. nitty32 says: Aug 25, 2012 9:16 AM

    So far so good ,no signs of foles gold …

  6. Gordon says: Aug 25, 2012 9:17 AM

    Just pumping him up to trade him to another team for high draft picks again.

    I think any QB that plays in Reid’s system will look good for at least a little while because they pass so much, even backups can rack up big numbers (Feeley, Kolb, Garcia).

  7. funnyman549 says: Aug 25, 2012 9:33 AM

    How Refreshing! Watching Foles is a throwback from 40 years ago when players played sports for the love of the game and having fun. And because they weren’t making millions of dollars they actually gave maximum effort as opposed to worrying about getting hurt and losing money.

  8. newagerocker says: Aug 25, 2012 10:00 AM

    It’s hard not to be excited by Foles but I want to see how he responds after a bad loss. If he bounces back like he does after a big hit then maybe theyre on to something.

  9. minordav3 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:02 AM

    The fact is that Vick makes more rookie decisions then the rookie QB. Andy Reid is living and dying by Vick expect a funeral after a QB controversy early to mid season.

  10. laeaglefan says: Aug 25, 2012 10:05 AM

    I think Foles is the best thing that’s happened to the Eagles QB position since, well….a young Donovan McNabb (hold the boos, please). But before Eagles fans get too excited about him, just remember that people were saying the same thing about Bobby Hoying 15 years ago. We all know how that one turned out.

  11. trollhammer20 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:05 AM

    As a Seattle fan, Foles was high on my list of potential QB acquisitions going into the draft. I watched the Az-Stanford game last year to watch Luck, and walked away from the game very impressed by Foles. I thought his mobility was underrated by some draft pundits.

  12. minordav3 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:13 AM

    Just like Mcnabb and Feely. The bobo got hurt and the Rookie came in and took us to NFC championship game and bobo came back and choked.

    *Bobo = Donovan McNabb

  13. minordav3 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:30 AM

    The BIG question is why cant Vick slide. The one time he tried he looked like someone that had a syncopal episode mid run. Reid should be having him do slide drills everyday until he gets it.

  14. broncoderek says: Aug 25, 2012 10:43 AM

    Totally underrated coming out of college. Was second to only Luck in the PAC 12. Played with limited talent around him at AZ, similar to Cutler at Vandy.

  15. dogluverssuck says: Aug 25, 2012 11:24 AM

    Said the same thing about Kolb.

    Ask Arizona how happy they are.

  16. jhig713 says: Aug 25, 2012 11:50 AM

    Just like Mcnabb and Feely. The bobo got hurt and the Rookie came in and took us to NFC championship game and bobo came back and choked.

    *Bobo = Donovan McNabb
    —————————————————-
    McNabb was the QB against Atlanta in the divisional round. Feeley didn’t play in the playoffs.

  17. m1000be says: Aug 25, 2012 12:03 PM

    Foles starts this year, does amazing. Next year, he gets traded somewhere and does nothing. Vick starts and goes down again and some other nobody starts and gets traded the following year. Repeat cycle.

  18. jh500 says: Aug 25, 2012 12:22 PM

    of course. instead of having vick throw quick and short passes, they have him go deep to desean 300 times a game which exposes how bad the OL is. look what they are doing with foles and trent.

  19. joeyd524 says: Aug 25, 2012 12:34 PM

    Don’t forget feely

  20. mojosmagic says: Aug 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    This coaching staff even has Trent Edwards playing at a high level. They will probably parlay Edwards into a second round pick.

  21. funktron2x says: Aug 25, 2012 3:42 PM

    Difference between Foles and every other backup who has come through Philly is that fantastic arm. He can and will make every throw. Oh, and he’s not nearly as skittish as Kolb…

  22. fmwarner says: Aug 25, 2012 3:43 PM

    jhig713 says: Aug 25, 2012 11:50 AM

    Just like Mcnabb and Feely. The bobo got hurt and the Rookie came in and took us to NFC championship game and bobo came back and choked.

    *Bobo = Donovan McNabb
    —————————————————-
    McNabb was the QB against Atlanta in the divisional round. Feeley didn’t play in the playoffs.
    =================================

    You’re right, jhig713. Don’t expect the irrational Philly McNabb haters to have silly things like “facts” on their side.

  23. phillyforlife says: Aug 25, 2012 4:31 PM

    To me it just looks like Foles has got that it, really thinking he is the real deal perfect west coast QB.

  24. ordinaryday6 says: Aug 25, 2012 6:23 PM

    Barring Vick’s first season, I have not been impressed. He is hurt all the time, makes poor decisions with the football and himself, and doesn’t know how to slide or protect the football (i.e. Throwing it away and not taking sacks) the amount of reward is not great enough to justify the risk.

    i’m encouraged by what I’ve seen from our young rookie this preseason, despite the fact that preseason can definitely be misleading. I don’t think that the eagles plan to trade files any time soon. Remember, the were able to evaluate Kolb for years before they decided he wasn’t someone they wanted as their franchise qb. We don’t know what the future holds for him, but I do know that the eagles have a $16 mil decision to make next year, and Vick’s play (and lack thereof) last year was not worth it imo. a franchise qb has to actually be in the field to make an impact, and even when he was, he turned the ball over way too much.

  25. polapea says: Aug 27, 2012 10:39 AM

    Vick’s gone after this year.

    Foles will be the 2013 starter.

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