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The Eagles Reportedly Set a Price on Nick Foles

Kevin Kinkead - March 5, 2018

Let’s get it back to the Eagles.

News from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen today regarding SUPER BOWL MVP Nick Foles:

This follows a report from Peter King that the Birds had a “respectable” trade offer for Foles on the table. Geoff Mosher over at 97.5/Fanrag had a story about an AFC team offering a second rounder.

I think the first report is a proper starting point. If Bradford is worth a 1st and 4th, then your SUPER BOWL MVP is worth more.

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Nick Foles Talks Super Bowl and Lessons Learned on ‘Ellen’

BWanksCB - February 13, 2018

It’s been a hell of a run for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles over the past nine days. He’s earned a Super Bowl MVP, morphed into a Philly sports legend, visited Disney World, and led an epic parade through the heart of the city.

Now he can add a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to the list. In an appearance that will air later this afternoon on NBC, Foles discusses the Super Bowl and the lessons he learned during a difficult one-year stint with the Rams that almost caused him to walk away from football for good. You can watch the appearance after the jump. Continue Reading

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South Jersey Man Gets Nick Foles Tattooed On His Calf

BWanksCB - February 6, 2018

You can do a lot of things when your favorite football team wins the Super Bowl.

You could play the more conservative side and jump around with friends, sob uncontrollably, and maybe have a celebratory drink or two. Or, you can be a bit more aggressive–climb light poles, atone for the sins of your fellow fans by eating horse shit, or tear the awning off the Ritz-Carlton. Lots of choices. It’s a world of possibilities, you know?

You can also get a tattoo. Yesterday, Kevin Kinkead wrote about Twitter user @ManDorgan who had the “Philly Special” play drawn on his right forearm. Now meet South Jersey resident Teddy Munz, who made this proclamation shortly after Carson Wentz went down for the season with a torn ACL back in December.

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Philly Special! More on the Eagles’ Ballsy Play

Kevin Kinkead - February 5, 2018

This story’s headline image is a screen grab from the 0:38 mark in the second quarter, when Doug Pederson called a time out and showed Nick Foles the 4th down play he was going to run.

It was something they had apparently stashed in the playbook, waiting for the perfect time to use it.

And it went off without a hitch, a wildcat, reverse pitch to Trey Burton with Foles sneaking out the back door to catch a touchdown pass. A backup tight end throwing a Super Bowl touchdown pass to a backup quarterback.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote a phenomenal article about the play in question, with quotes from Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and pretty much everyone involved in that sequence.

From the story:

Reich told me the kernel of the idea originated from an industrious Eagles quality-control coach, Press Taylor. Said Reich: “Press has this, what we call this vault of trick plays. It’s an immense vault, so every week we go into Press’s vault looking for plays.”

King goes on to explain how Pederson came to decide on calling the play, which they originally were going to use against Minnesota in the NFC Championship Game:

“We had a couple of options at that point, but then my eyes just kind of hit that play,” Pederson said. “I was thinking, ‘We keep talking about that play, and calling it in the second half of the game … but are we going to be in a situation like this, to put us up by two scores? There are certain plays that you spend time doing them, repping them, and you have no doubt they are going to work. Without a shadow of a doubt you know. I knew.”

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Missed Connections: Why Couldn’t Nick Foles Hit Alshon Jeffery on Christmas Night?

Kevin Kinkead - December 28, 2017

Was Nick Foles struggling to see the field on Monday night or were his receivers failing to get open?

It’s a lot easier to answer that question with the all-22 film that becomes available a few days after the game.

Receivers were targeted 14 times in the Raider win but only caught five passes, with Nelson Agholor snagging four and Torrey Smith one. Alshon Jeffery had zero grabs on two targets. Foles primarily connected with his tight ends and running backs, who caught 14 of his 19 completions.

For what it’s worth, Foles provided a pair of relevant post-game quotes, one about Jeffery and one about the receivers in general:

On only targeting WR Alshon Jeffery twice:

“There were times when they were trying to double him and rolling the coverage. The rest of them I have to look at, too, with different ways to get him the ball because he can make so many plays.”

When Foles says “rolling the coverage” he means that the defense is shifting after the snap to support one side of the field or the other. It’s basically just disguising your coverage.

On the low production from wide receivers in the game:

“I’ll have to go to the film to answer that question and to see and analyze that. I know there were times when they had a safety over the top and that makes it difficult, so we have to work more inside. But it’s something I’ll look at on film. These are the games where they’re difficult. You have to grind through them, but you learn a lot. That’s the great thing; we watch film of everything and we’ll improve on it and that’s the exciting thing. I know the group we have and I know the coaches. I can’t wait to look at the film to see how we can improve in these areas, because there are so many areas we can improve.”

Let’s take a look at a few plays, beginning with the 3rd and 4 where Foles threw the ball out of play:

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Who Is the Real Nick Foles? And Does Anyone Know What an RPO Is?

Kevin Kinkead - December 13, 2017

If you’re like me, you probably didn’t watch a lot of Nick Foles after he left Philadelphia.

You knew him as the guy who threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013 and led the Eagles to the playoffs in year number one of the ill-fated Chip Kelly reign.

Or maybe you knew him as the guy who came down to Earth in 2014 because he was playing at an unsustainable level during the year prior, or maybe because opponents started to figure out Chip’s offense. I’d say it was a combination of both of those things.

Chances are, you forgot about all of that pretty quickly when the Eagles traded up for Carson Wentz last April. Any memories of Foles, Kelly, Sam Bradford, and DeMarco Murray were sort of wiped from existence when the Eagles made a shrewd move for a stud franchise quarterback.

Now we’re sitting here at 11-2 after Wentz tore his ACL and “Nicky 6” is back under center for the NFC East champions.

When the Eagles signed Foles back in March, you probably thought something along the lines of, “okay, he’s a veteran, he knows Doug Pederson, he knows Philadelphia, he’s an upgrade over Chase Daniel.” I thought similar things and was happy to have him as a backup, but now that I’ve had 36 hours to sleep on the Wentz news, I’m not as down on him in a starting role as others might be.

Let’s rewind:

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The Case for the Eagles Making a Late-Season Run

Mark Saltveit - November 10, 2015

As always, one half-decent win (especially over the Cowboys) sends the hopes of Eagles Nation soaring, inevitably to be dashed. Chip Kelly was very quick to throw cold water on any thoughts of the season turning around at his Monday press conference.

He correctly pointed out that last year, the Birds were 9-3 after they DESTROYED Dallas on Thanksgiving, leading to all kinds of NFC Championship Game talk. And then they lost three straight to miss the playoffs entirely.

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Watch as Rams Fans Try, Pathetically, to Sell Themselves on Nick Foles

Jim Adair - August 31, 2015

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When a trade is made in any sport, there’s always the need of a fan base to believe they got the better end of it. No matter what. A fan’s mind will stretch so far to justify what the people they trust did, that they’ll come to accept (and even celebrate) someone’s flaws because they can’t accept that they got taken. [Kyle displayed this mindset last year when he wrote glowingly about Mark Sanchez being an “alpha male” celebrity quarterback… and then made a t-shirt about it.]

It’s still the preseason, but Eagles fans are on board after Sam Bradford’s 10-for-10 showing on Saturday night. That leaves Rams fans with Nick Foles, and trying to justify why the trade was good for them. The Rams SB Nation site, Turf Show Times, is trying so hard they’ve lost their grip on reality:

“Nick Foles isn’t the Nick Foles who ever took the field in Philadelphia; not in his rookie year, or in 2014. He’s better. Yes, I said BETTER! There’s something happening with Foles, and I think it has to do with the leadership light blinking to life in his soul. This guy is tougher than I ever thought, and the type of quarterback his teammates can believe in. I’m not bashing Sam Bradford here. I was – and still am – a fan of the lanky, injury scared former Oklahoma/St. Louis fan favorite. But while Bradford’s arm may be stronger than Foles, I don’t think he ever had what anyone would call amazing leadership qualities with his teammates. They all liked him, and what’s not to like, right? Foles is a different cat altogether. Soft spoken when he arrived, he now has a tenor to his voice I love hearing.

Foles throws passes with more faith; to receivers he believes in. In a way, the Rams receiver corp and Foles are a perfect fit. They both haven’t garnered much respect in the media, and are in the enviable position of benefiting from a lack of expectations. Every Rams receiver has the base talent to be in the NFL, but they’ve never been in a position to shine. Bradford relied on pin-point, “you-better-be-there”, passes. Small catch windows in tight coverage were the norm. If a pass was completed, everyone hailed Bradford’s accuracy. But life isn’t accurate at all, and relying on it is a fool’s errand at best. Foles reads coverage, then throws to an option filled zone for his receivers. His passes have just enough arc on them to help receiver gain the position they need. Bradford throws a flatter ball, and will flourish in Philly – sans injury – due to a system which depends on a ball be in an EXACT place in each of his reads and check-down options.”

You know what? It’s entirely possible Foles never felt comfortable here, on a bigger stage, and is now gaining some confidence in little ol’ St. Louis. But trying to argue that Foles is a better fit for Rams receivers because he’s a less accurate passer? That doesn’t even begin to touch on making sense. If making sense is the Lombardi trophy, that pro-Foles argument is Dan Snyder. Never the twain shall meet.

But even worse than the “Foles is better because he’s worse and that’s what we need” argument, is the next sentence, which attempts to preeminently strike against people who will say this is ridiculous:

“When the Rams sort out their offensive line issues, and get their ground attack moving, Foles will flourish in a way stats won’t explain…”

So Foles will be better because he’s a worse passer, but don’t try to prove me wrong, because he’ll be better in a way that defies statistics and logic. All hail King Foles, he without accuracy, who has no use for your puny statistics.

[h/t @Southern_Philly]