Nick Foles staying in the moment to stay sane

AP

It would be easy to be swamped by the enormity of what he’s already done, and what lies ahead of him.

But Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is trying to keep an even keel, as impossible as that may seem.

The big thing is just staying in the moment,” Foles said, via Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “In the moment. The second you start looking at everything that’s going to happen in the next two weeks? It can be overwhelming for anyone.”

That’s easy for him to say, all he’s done is take over for an injured MVP and lead a team he used to quarterback to a game they couldn’t make when he was the starter, with some life as a journeyman backup in between. Actually, it’s not easy at all. And Foles admitted he’s leaning on the people around him to get through it.

“This is a big moment,” he said. “It’s the Super Bowl. It’s something you dream about as a kid. But at the same time, it’s a game. Once I step on the gridiron, I’m playing against the Patriots and that’s where it comes down to trusting your preparation, working every single day and living in that moment and doing what you have to do daily, and then once the game comes you know you did everything in your power.

“You’ve eliminated the distractions that are there because there’s going to be. This is a big stage. There’s a lot going on. This [interview] room just keeps increasing with cameras and people in it and it’s just going to keep going. So you just focus on the little things and what’s important, and what’s important is our preparation and what we do as a team. Going out there and playing together Super Bowl night, that’s really what my focus is.”

Foles is already one of the best stories in the NFL at the moment, and the attention is just going to ramp up next week when he lands in Minneapolis. But he has a few days to get through between now and then, and he’s going to approach them one day at a time.

30 responses to “Nick Foles staying in the moment to stay sane

  1. Eagles fan here. I gotta say, broadcasting one’s own formula for keeping one’s head is often a sign that perhaps one has already lost it just a little. I hope I’m wrong.

  2. @therealtrenches

    I don’t know what you’ve been watching/reading but that’s all Foles has done since stepping up, dude.

  3. .
    Foles is one of the most perplexing players of all time. He has Hall of Fame weeks and he has Hall of Shame weeks. He’s never just mediocre.
    .

  4. The good news is that if Foles gets hurt, there are plenty of Eagles fans with pretty good arms that could step in. I saw a few nailing Viking fans in the head with full beer cans from 50 yards away. Unfortunately their peanut-sized brains probably couldn’t comprehend more than one or two of Coach Pederson’s plays.

  5. “How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?… Yeah… Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would’ve been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.”
    – Uncle Rico

  6. So if he has 250+ yds and 3 TD’s it’s the system…… or philly has 2 good starting QB’s on their roster. Either way, nice problem to have. He seems to be a good, humble guy. The Eagles bounced my team, but I also have Patriot fatigue, but we are witnessing something that will never happen again. I guess root for the Dynasty for one more title (hopefully the last) and be glad my team isn’t losing a 5th super bowl next week.

  7. I have to say I am impressed with Foles, and with the team’s confidence in him. The owner Jeffrey Lurie said that they made it a top priority to bring him back, even eating most of last year’s backup Chase Daniel’s contract in order to do so. Turns out that was a very good move.

  8. Prediction:

    Nick Foles – 16 of 29 passes, 211 Yards, 1 TD, 1 Int.

    Justin Timberlake – Sub-par halftime performance.

    Patriots win 24-13.

    I hate the Pats with a passion, but this might as well already be set in stone.

  9. therealtrenches says:
    January 25, 2018 at 8:54 am
    Eagles fan here. I gotta say, broadcasting one’s own formula for keeping one’s head is often a sign that perhaps one has already lost it just a little. I hope I’m wrong.
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    Eagles fans can’t keep their own heads, so I guess you know something about this and are probably right.

  10. I’m sorry your team didn’t make it to the big game. But your hate is embarrassing. Doesn’t look good on you.

    Foles is easily one of the best stories of the year. And if/when he wins next week, if he is the MVP of the game, becomes the best story in Super Bowl history.

  11. cobrala2 says:
    January 25, 2018 at 9:05 am
    @therealtrenches

    I don’t know what you’ve been watching/reading but that’s all Foles has done since stepping up, dude.

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    Chill, dude. Like I said, I hope I’m wrong. I’ve been a Birds fan since 1972. I bleed green. I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things. And yeah, I’ve been reading / watching Nick for his entire career. He’s a solid dude. I love the kid. But to my eyes / ears, he he doesn’t sound like a guy who’s “got this.” He sounds like a guy who’s trying to convince himself he’s got this. I’m just calling it how I see /hear it. And again, I hope I’m wrong. But I’m worried.

  12. ragevirus11 says:
    January 25, 2018 at 10:04 am
    Wentz? Mvp? Have I missed something? Foles has proved it wasn’t all his play that had them winning early in the season.

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    Man, if you really believe that, then you’re totally forgetting his escapability and his knack for improvising when plays get broken. Wentz and Foles are *not even close* to being interchangeable cogs in a system.

  13. Belichick will get into his head. I don’t think he will be able to handle it. Unless the Eagles defense play a game of their life, it won’t be close.

  14. Nick Foles is not going to be the MVP if the Eagles win (I’m guessing here) , if he manages the game well, no turnovers, plays smart, and Philly keeps the penalties down, I give them a 60% chance to win this game. Keeping Brady off the field will be critical.

    Otherwise

    24-20 Pats win.

  15. @realtrenches

    I will yield to the older Eagles fan. 😉

    I hear you and I was with you until the NFCC because he HAS improved in every game since Wentz went down and his words were more concerning to me a few weeks ago than now. By now he has done everything he could do to prove himself. Doesn’t mean he’s gonna tear it up in Minniesota. But he’s proven himself way beyond what was reasonably-expected out of him and the appreciation and respect his team and coaching staff have given him says a lot.

    But of course you’re worried – we bleed green, it’s what we do.

    And I REALLY hope you’re wrong, too. 🙂

  16. 13worldchampioinships says:
    January 25, 2018 at 9:34 am
    eagleomaniac says:
    January 25, 2018 at 8:59 am
    Class act!!!!

    ***

    Unlike the fanbase.

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    Some of us are idiots, which makes all the news. The rest of us are diehard, passionate, loyal fans who respect the game, love the players/coaches and most importantly live and die by the long rollercoaster history of the Philadelphia Eagles. THIS IS OUR TIME – HATERS CANNOT STOP US.

  17. So basically you philly fans are putting your hopes on a qb that at any moment can become what he has always been…a journeyman qb.The philly defense is good not great..ask eli.

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