On Friday night, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles matched his total interceptions for all of the 2013 regular season. After the preseason contest at Chicago, coach Chip Kelly didn’t seem to be worried about Foles throwing two interceptions.
“We’re not concerned,” Kelly told reporters. “It’s one preseason game, you got ‘X’ amount of snaps. We’ll make corrections and go from there. There’s a lot of things to look at.”
Still, Kelly had some general observations on the turnovers that Foles generated.
“We’ve got to be smarter with the ball and make the decision to throw the ball away; stop forcing it in there,” Kelly said.
Foles admits that he had a bad showing.
“I didn’t play well tonight,” Foles told reporters. “As an offense, we can’t hurt ourselves. I threw two passes that weren’t good decisions that were picked off. . . . It’s one of those things. I’m going to learn from it. I’m going to get better. It’s correctable. I knew exactly when I made the pass what I should have done. I’ll learn from it and move forward.”
He described the first interception as a “bad throw” that came after he felt some pressure. On the second, he concedes that he forced the a poorly-thrown ball while trying to make a big play.
“Me, personally, it’s a sick feeling in your stomach,” Foles said. “At the same time, I know I can correct those. I’m going to go back to work and get better because of it. . . . I’ve done that in games before and I’ve gone back out and executed. It’s one of those things where you never want to have it happen. It happened tonight. You just have to play through it. You can’t let it affect you. I know I’ll throw a certain way in 24 hours, but I’ll move forward. I’ll correct it. It’s not the first time to throw two picks in a game. I’ve done it before, so I know how everybody’s going to look at it. I’m going to stay positive. I’m going to learn from it. I know the situations and put them in a database in my brain. Hopefully I don’t make the same mistake twice.”
His ability to avoid making many errors in 2013 make Friday night’s mistakes even more glaring. As Foles becomes a Week One starter for the first time, the ability of defenses to force him into more blunders based on his film from 2012 and 2013 will be one of the major angles to watch for the 2014 Eagles.