Interceptions piling up for Nick Foles

AP

Last year, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had one of the most extraordinary stat lines in NFL history, throwing just two interceptions all season. This year, Foles is a much different player.

Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals was Foles’s third two-interception day in his last four games. Overall, Foles has nine interceptions this year along with 12 touchdown passes, a far cry from his 27-touchdown, two-interception year in 2013.

Foles, who has also already lost more fumbles this year than he did all of last year, told reporters on Sunday that there’s no point in comparing his 2014 season with his 2013 season. Regardless of what happened last year, Foles knows he needs to get better this year.

“I told you all at the beginning of the season that those games last year don’t really help me this year,” Foles said, via Philly.com. “. . . Yes, I made mistakes, but I will continue to work to correct them. We can’t have turnovers.”

Eagles coach Chip Kelly indicated after the game that on one of Foles’s interceptions he should have just taken a sack instead of throwing the ball under pressure, and on the other he missed an open Riley Cooper.

“We talk about it all time – you can’t turn the ball over and be a successful football team,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to clean that up.”

Kelly got a little testy with reporters who asked whether Foles has a pattern of big mistakes.

“He’s not trying to throw interceptions,” Kelly said. “No, I’m not seeing a pattern.”

Kelly may not see it, but the pattern is easy to see: Foles is going in the wrong direction.

88 responses to “Interceptions piling up for Nick Foles

  1. Where are all the Eagle fans predicting Eli would have more interceptions than Foles? Foles will be fine, this is a slight 2nd year jinx. It’s just hilarious to listen to Eagle fans that are now jumping off the Foles bandwagon.

  2. Last year he had the best line in the league all season.
    This year has a make-shift line. A LOT more pressure than last year.

    Let’s compare the two seasons after the line is back.

  3. Nick Foles had a magical season last year and it was obvious that he was not going to be able to repeat such a performance. However, he has regressed this year more than most anticipated and it’s simple as to why.

    The running game is not as strong as last season. By this time last year, LeSean McCoy had 685 yards rushing. This season, McCoy is at 505 yards. He has lacked the game-changing plays which could be due to the departure of Desean Jackson. The lack of running game has allowed for opposing defenses to blitz more often and bring pressure.

    Also, Foles hasn’t had the time in the pocket that he received last season. The injuries have been well-documented for the Philadelphia Eagles but that’s the NFL. Foles has done a horrendous job of living to see another down.

    But, the Eagles are still 5-2. Darren Sproles was missing in action and he is invaluable to that team. They could have easily won the game last night barring the bone-headed mistakes.

  4. The interceptions are bad. The first you could say that the Cromartie made a good play on the ball. However, the second was just a terrible, terrible throw. Foles threw it right to Cromartie; way behind Cooper.

  5. 13-4 as a starter – typical Philly media trying to create problems where there aren’t any.

  6. Teams are giving him different looks. There’s film on him and teams are realizing that he doesn’t respond well to pressure. He’s throwing off his back foot and gets flustered when his feet are “dirty”. He looks like he’s scared to actually step up in the pocket instead deciding to bail out and trying to make a play instead of waiting for one to develop. Or knowing when there is nothing there, to either get rid of it, or take the sack.

    He’s a young QB and will continue to develop. But he’s going to have to tighten that up because there are teams that will continue to focus on dialing up pressure and whether they actually sack him or not, the damage is done.

    Also from yesterday’s game, it was clear just like it is with the Boys: If you can’t run, you have to put it all on his shoulders. With Shady disappearing at times during the game, they had no choice. No QB should have to throw it 62 times. That’s a recipe for disaster more often than not. It made it easy for the Cards to simply play coverage and to at least give a glance at the run to keep Shady under 100.

    He’s still on the rise, but he still needs work to truly make Kelly’s system works when the run isn’t there. The league is in the process of catching up to him. He needs to get better tools to keep being competitive and leading his team.

  7. bigbwoy000 says:
    Oct 27, 2014 9:14 AM
    Where are all the Eagle fans predicting Eli would have more interceptions than Foles? Foles will be fine, this is a slight 2nd year jinx. It’s just hilarious to listen to Eagle fans that are now jumping off the Foles bandwagon.

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    I’m not sure it’s fans jumping off the bandwagon as much as the media trying to create hysteria.

    If Nate Allen doesn’t bite on a double move on a 3rd and long when all he had to do is cover deep on a receiver who was double covered with the Eagles nursing a 3 point lead, odds are this would be a minor story.

    The Eagles will be fine. They get Kelce back this week and Mathis back the following week on the offensive line. For the first time all year the entire starting offensive line may get a chance to play in the same game.

  8. andrewluck12 says: Oct 27, 2014 9:16 AM

    2012 qb draft class
    #1 Andrew Luck
    #2 Russell Wilson
    #3 nick foles
    #4 Ryan tannehill
    #5 Robert griffin III
    #6 Brandon Weeden
    ——
    Luck is an int machine, and Foles looks like he’s one as well.

  9. I think the sample size is big enough for Foles that we now know what he is, a good game manager and nothing more. We either need to do whatever it takes to get Mariota or we need more play makers on the outside. JMac can thrive but he needs a big time player on the other side, Cooper just can’t cut it as the #2. The secondary is still the Achilles heel and needs an entire overhaul except Jenkins. Williams and Allen have been especially disappointing. They will still win enough games to make the playoffs but there are still missing pieces to make this a championship caliber team. Sometimes it just feels like it’s groundhog day in Philly.

  10. Guess Mark Sanchez is having an effect on Foles — now if he could only teach him the “butt-fumble”!

  11. chalkruz1989 says:

    Nick Foles had a magical season last year
    ========================================

    I suppose to an Eagles fan, one and done in the playoffs after squeaking in by one game is a magical season. The Eagles are one dimensional and overrated.

  12. Yes he is throwing too many INTs but their 2 losses came down to the last play, on the road, against playoff caliber teams. No Darren Sproles again, either. Lot of season left….

  13. The running game is slowly starting to get going. At least people are finally seeing maclin is a better wr than Jackson. Andrew Luck throws a ton if picks but no. One says anything. Foles will be fine

  14. Ok philly fans. All we heard all offseason from you was 27, 27, 27, eli is a pick machine, 27, 27, 27. But, now that your qb is on pace for 20 something, now you’ve got every excuse in the book. Hypocrites all of you! You wonder why the football gods don’t reign down Lombardis on your team.

  15. Nick foles is in his 3rd yr and hasn’t been a starting qb in the NFL more than 10 games in either season still, right?

    Let’s all relax, haters and fans, about the doom and gloom here with foles and the his team. He can play better. He can play worse. He’s no peyton or Elway, but compare his career beginning with those two’s and then have some thought soup before the indictment.

  16. The turnovers appear to be getting into his head; both INTs were on late throws. He’s hesitating more and more often. The Eagles are a good team but cannot succeed in the playoffs without consistently good decisions by their QB.

  17. Because of the instant impact so many young qbs have had recently everyone is so quick to judge them and try to write them off. Foles has room to grow still, it’s only his second full year. I’m not convinced he is going to be a great or even good quarterback, but to say you have seen a big enough sample size is just not right. For example through his first 3 years Drew Brees had a TD/INT ratio of 29/31 he certainly figured something out.

  18. Foles will get to 30ints if they keep making him throw 62 times, intermittently interrupted by a 5-8yd Mccoy run. I’d try running two times in a row more. But I’m no genius.

    Buncha young guys fighting their way through some adversity at 5-2, interested to see how they come together (or not) for a tough matchup @ houston next week

  19. What do you expect with 62 freaking passing attempts, a makeshift line, and a disproportionately low # of rushing attempts???

    But hey, let’s talk about how the great Discount Doublechoke threw the same # of interceptions 23 fewer passing attempts against a crap defense. That’s what happens to your stats when you hang out with Hans and Franz.

  20. Last year there was no film on Foles and the Eags were one of two NFL teams with the same starting OL all year.

    This year, not so much.

    Injuries on the OL are the norm and we’re seeing a more accurate picture of Foles.

    If he played behind the Hawks OL he might be dead.

  21. Pretty strong deep throw foles made to….I guess no one since the eagles don’t have deep threats… to take the lead in that game yesterday. He sucks though. Cuz he makes some mistakes as a young QB…

  22. Defenses figured out how to allow 490yds? And that’s why the eagles are 5-2? Wait, I don’t get it.

  23. Eagles are still 5-2 and they darn near won those two games. Foles can’t be doing everything wrong. When his offensive line gets in tact with Kelce and Mathis back, I expect a better performance.

  24. I wouldnt worry about Foles just yet. I mean it could be way worse. We have Cousins the interception machine and RG3 the hold on to the ball to long and turn it over or get lit up machine. Lord knows what McCoy is going to provide in the way of entertainment tonight. Looking for a Clint Longley moment from him.

  25. I am an Eagles fan and a Foles supporter, but I see a bunch of excuses. The bottom line is Foles regressed this year, as expected, but a lot more than expected. I see people saying they need to wait until their O-Line is healthy, but how many games will they be behind Dallas once Kelce and Mathis return. The Eagles have a realistic shot at going to the super bowl this year if they have home field advantage, which they will not get if they continue losing games like this. Foles needs to produce now, and if he cannot get the job done, then Kelly needs to give Sanchez a shot. I know it was only preseason, but Sanchez looked really good in the Eagles offense and I think any capable QB can have success in a Chip Kelly offense.

  26. I don’t think Foles is a bad QB by any stretch.

    He’s just not an elite QB, at least not yet. But most QBs aren’t.

    There was just too much talk about him throwing 27 with 2 picks as if that would be the norm under the brilliant too many chocolate chips Kelley.

    There was a reason Oregon routinely failed in big games.

  27. Foles’ struggles are a symptom of how the offense is so much different this season than last. They led the NFL in rushing last season but are 14th so far this year. That has put a lot more pressure on the passing game and it simply hasn’t been able to handle that. Foles averaged over 9 yards per completion last year but he’s under 7 so far this season. And he played 13 games last year and only threw it 317 times. He has 299 attempts through 7 games so far this season. They are going to struggle unless their rushing attack improves.

  28. Only Eagles fans can be pissed off with a 5-2 record.

    As a matter of fact, Eagles fans are pissed off with a 5-2 record just as they would with a 2-5 record. For a franchise that has never won a Super Bowl, perhaps this shows the Eagles fans know nothing about football?

  29. Foles is a good QB. Gunslingers tend to have times they throw a good amount of picks. Brett Favre threw a ton of INT’s too.

    He played at UofA so lots of Arizona people know how good he is. Either from being a fan of UofA, or being a fan of ASU playing against UofA and watching what he does all year in anticipation of the rivalry game.

    There’s a reason Chip Kelly didn’t go out and get Oregon QB’s, but went out and got the UofA one. He coached against him.

    Foles is your prototypical passing QB. He had great success last year. He’s still having success this year. He was going to regress a bit as more tape came available and more different gameplans tried out against him to prod him at what works best against him.

    He doesn’t have Desean Jackson, and that is a big loss. McCoy is McCoy. The reason why McCoy’s numbers aren’t as big is because of Sproles. But Sproles wasn’t available last night. He’s also behind a makeshift line, though that didn’t have too much to do with anything since I believe there were no sacks from either team yesterday.

    Nick Foles is who I thought he was, and that’s a good QB who could become great. Some anointed him already great…wrong. Others now are saying he sucks…wrong. He’s a good young QB, and a guy who may be a starter in this league another decade or more.

    Start Mark Sanchez for a game and you’ll be begging to go back to Foles.

  30. Stop trying to play college football every down and try and get your ground game going!! We may still finish 8-8 but we proving giving Murray the rock and keeping a drive going works!

  31. The magical season that Nick Foles had last season was due to Chip Kelly’s system being new as well as the running game being much more effective. Teams were playing man almost exclusively last season, so Chip was able to draw up a lot of pick plays that got guys wide open which made things much easier on Nick.

    Nick also was the benefactor of a lot of YAC last season from all those screens that Kelly dialed up. This year, those screens aren’t nearly as effective, and teams are have been able to slow down our running game. The linebackers are biting on those play-action fakes and the middle of the field isn’t wide open like last season.

    His lack of success with the deep ball, this year, isn’t a surprise. He had a lot of luck last season. Many of his deep balls were under-thrown last season, which gave the receiver a chance to bail him out. He’s been over-throwing receivers this year, so he’s having no such luck in that department.

    His lack of accuracy has been exposed this year. It was covered up last year by all of the screens and short dump offs that went for long gains last season. Those plays inflated his completion % and his yards per attempt. He’s not benefiting from those anymore.

    His interception rate was so low, and his rating was so high, because he had the luxury of waiting until a receiver was wide open, and when they weren’t, he would simply take a sack rather than risk a turnover. Sacks have effect on passer rating.

    He wasn’t asked to do much last season. He made a lot of easy throws and benefited from the best running game in the league last year. Now, teams have tightened up those windows; they’re sniffing out those screens; they limiting YAC, and surpise, surprise, Nick Foles is struggling.

    He’s not the quarterback of the future. I’ve been saying this since 2012.

  32. Watching him play I find his mechanics to not be the best. His release is very slow and has too much motion to it. My only stake is he is my fantasy QB.

  33. “Interceptions piling up for Nick Foles”

    …..As he doesn’t get the luxury of playing against a league-easiest average opponent pass defense like last year.

  34. After sitting at that game yesterday and listening to those damn Cards fans hoot and holler at the very end.. i want to know when we’re going to say enough is enough with Foles?
    So many plays i saw yesterday with Foles having plenty of time to pass, and he misses WIDE open receivers, in favor of trying to squeeze it to his favorites..
    Cooper was wide open so many times, and Maclin.. but squeezing throws to Ertz and Matthews getting us 3 yrds really helped.
    When is it time to sit the Turnover machine, and let Dirty Sanchez have a go? He was an incredible QB b4 the injury, and that was playing for a numbskull coach like Ryan. I’d love to see what Sanchez can do with Chip Kelly’s Rocket Surgeon mentality.

  35. This is because running the football is the best way to make a great QB.
    It is the difference with Foles this year. Don’t fool yourself into thinking the run game is that much changed because of Desean Jackson, that is simple fan train of thought.
    Look at the Dolphins, last year the most sacks in the NFL, this year they found a run game and have mucho left sacks.

  36. They dont comment on flacco and stafford because those guys are what they are. They are known to be slightly above avg quarterbacks and we all know they throw picks. Brees is a star so he has earned the right to throw a few picks. Luck on the other hand has thrown picks but leads the league in yards by a wide margin and has thrown 22 TDs compared to 12 for Foles.

    After having 2 INTs last year 12 picks halfway thru the season is going to be a storyline. If Eaglea fans dont like it too bad.

  37. I thought Foles looked “off” even during the pre-season. I’ve been a big supporter of his thus far. I also said a game here or there wasn’t going to bother me.

    But now I’m legitimately concerned. Foles has not played well all season from a consistency standpoint. He’s made some nice throws, to be sure. But he continues repeating the same off-the-back-foot, lame duck throws each game. He’s making bad decisions and missing open receivers. He does not appear to be improving.

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but another loss like this and I think Chip may want to see what Senor Buttfumble can do.

  38. These “Jerk-weeds, Dallas, Washington & New York Giants Fans,” I understand their reasons and comments, but us Eagle Fans, “Where the hell are you coming from?” We were 3-4 this time last year and went to the playoffs. Get real! As a long time, 50 years, Eagles Fan, you “Fair Weather Fans, Simpletons,” ought to follow a team like the Giants, after all, “They won 4 Super Bowls.” What happened to Loyalties and Devotion? Chip knows what he’s doing, “Obviously, you don’t!” You’ll probably follow this years Superbowl team, next year, anyway…

  39. Luck has as many INT as Foles…where’s the article about him? Probably because the writer isn’t a Philadelphia Eagles homer, but instead decided to write about an interesting statistic.
    —————————————-
    Luck will have to throw approx 25 more TDs for the rest of the year with 0 INTs to match what he did last year. Foles, to keep on pace with what he did last year, will have to throw something like 110 TDs to 0 INTs. See how that works?

  40. abninf says:
    Oct 27, 2014 9:48 AM

    chalkruz1989 says:

    Nick Foles had a magical season last year
    ========================================

    I suppose to an Eagles fan, one and done in the playoffs after squeaking in by one game is a magical season. The Eagles are one dimensional and overrated.

    ========================================

    @abninf: I have a two-tiered response. First, I am actually a New York Giants fan that isn’t ignorant and understands when credit should be given. Secondly, making the playoffs should be viewed as a success especially when factoring in the team had a first year coach and quarterback at the helm. Nick Foles was a third-round draft pick, he was not slated to throw 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. I know winning the super bowl is the goal but sometimes you have to find positives in lesser results.

  41. According to Eagle fans and their local media, each interception thrown was clearly defensive pass interference.

  42. bigbwoy000 says:
    Oct 27, 2014 9:14 AM
    Where are all the Eagle fans predicting Eli would have more interceptions than Foles? Foles will be fine, this is a slight 2nd year jinx. It’s just hilarious to listen to Eagle fans that are now jumping off the Foles bandwagon.
    ———————-

    I don’t know. I’ve been a supporter of Foles since he came in last year to start. I’ve always been cautious of anointing him the franchise QB. But hey, each week the guy went out and flat-out played.

    Now? I’ve been saying he doesn’t look right since the first preseason game. His footwork has regressed, which I suppose could be because of the line. But he’s making some bad decisions, too. I wouldn’t pull him or anything, but if he plays like this through the season and we don’t go deep into the playoffs, he’s not the guy.

  43. roadwarrior99 says:
    Oct 27, 2014 2:56 PM
    According to Eagle fans and their local media, each interception thrown was clearly defensive pass interference.
    ————————

    Another hater who doesn’t actually listen to Eagles fans or our local sports media. The majority of WIP fans polled blamed Chip Kelly, Nick Foles and Nate Allen for the loss. Fourth place? The officials. I’d probably list it as:

    1. Nate Allen
    2. Officials
    3. Nick Foles
    4. Chip Kelly

  44. “Last year there was no film on Foles”

    Uh last year was his second season and he started six games the year before and he started 10 last year.
    REALITY CHECK, there was plenty of film on him… next lame excuse…

  45. “Luck has as many INT as Foles…where’s the article about him? Probably because the writer isn’t a Philadelphia Eagles homer, but instead decided to write about an interesting statistic.
    —————————————-
    Luck will have to throw approx 25 more TDs for the rest of the year with 0 INTs to match what he did last year. Foles, to keep on pace with what he did last year, will have to throw something like 110 TDs to 0 INTs. See how that works?”
    —————————–
    Trouble is Luck’s season last year absolutely pales to the one Foles had so you are setting a much lower bar for him. See how that works?

  46. Nick Foles had a magical season last year
    ========================================

    I suppose to an Eagles fan, one and done in the playoffs after squeaking in by one game is a magical season. The Eagles are one dimensional and overrated.
    ========================================

    Foles wasn’t responsible for the playoff loss (he played better than Brees) and he had the third highest rating EVER in the NFL along with a 27-2 line.
    That is HISTORIC.
    Also brain surgeon, they won the division by TWO games.
    You don’t even have one dimension in your moronic post.

  47. Foles was definitely at fault for the playoff loss. Did you forget about the first half, the intentional grounding penalties, not seeing wide open receivers, and hold the ball for ages and taking sacks ? Everybody was claiming that Jackson was shutdown by K.Lewis when the coaching tape shows that he was open for several big play opportunities, but Nicky Montana didn’t see him.

  48. BS, I still remember Riley Cooper dropping the go ahead TD and quit relying on what Jackson’s agent says. I remember him holding the ball for “ages” and making plays…

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