After every loss, Eagles coach Andy Reid says he has to do a better job. It’s no surprise, then, that after rookie quarterback Nick Foles lost his first career start, Foles took a page from his coach’s post-game playbook.
“I have to get better,” Foles said Wednesday.
“I messed up. I’m not going to make any excuses,” Foles added. “I’ll learn from it though. I was able to see what I did fundamentally, maybe decision-making sometimes, and improve on it. That’s what practice is for.”
Foles’ next chance apparently will come on Monday Night Football, given that starter Mike Vick still is suffering from concussion symptoms. Given that the game will be played in Philly, that may not be a good thing.
“The fans are passionate,” Foles said, displaying prudent tact. “That’s the one thing I’ve always heard before I was even here, before I was drafted here and I love it. Shoot, we’re frustrated too, but we’re going to keep working at it. The fans love this team. They do everything they can to support us. They come to the games. They bleed green. We know that and I love that. I love how passionate the fans are. I love how they live and die with how their team’s play. It’s hard. I respect that. We just have to keep working.
“We have to keep working hard. The people in Philly are hard-working people and they do everything they can to come to our games so we have to take that in the locker room and continue to work hard, stay together through these tough times and go out there and play as hard as we can.”
The team may stay together, but the fans may not. Many will be chanting for Reid to be fired. Others will be clamoring for ESPN’s Jon Gruden to get the job.
The only way to stop it will be for Foles and Reid and everyone else to get better quickly, and for the Eagles to find a way to beat the Panthers.