Jul 26, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) receives the shotgun snap as running back LeSean McCoy (25) readies for a handoff during training camp at the Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

How Fly Swatters Have Helped Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has had an impressive run during the Eagles three-game winning streak going into Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Not only has he thrown for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions, but Foles hasn’t had many balls batted down at the line. His lanky 6’5 frame could have something to do with it. But Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s actually thinks it’s their use of fly swatters along the defensive line in practice that’s made the difference.

I think that has an effect.  Anytime you’re practicing with distractions, then in the game it helps you.  So anything you can do to simulate the game, because there are times when we’re going to have Calais Campbell, we’ll have some tall guys rushing us.  But I think guys get used to ‑‑ no matter how tall you are as a quarterback, and this is something that I think gets lost, no matter how tall you are as a quarterback, you throw in lanes because the ball just comes out.  So whether you’re 6‑foot‑tall or 6’5″, you have to throw in lanes.  It’s very difficult to throw over people.  I think Nick has developed a good feel for that.”

We’ll have to see how effective Foles will be against the formidable Cardinals defensive line, which features the 6’8 Campbell and the 6’4 Darnell Dockett.

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