The Philadelphia Eagles second-year quarterback Nick Foles proved his head coach right for making him the permanent starter on Sunday after he and his Eagles team defeated the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Foles turned in another quality performance completing 21 of 34 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns. And once again, Foles did not record a single interception. And according to him, it comes down to feeling comfortable and playing within the system.
“I just trust my preparation. You have to feel the game, but at the same time, you have reads on each play. It could be a man read, a zone read, a half field read, a one-safety read.…there is a lot of stuff that goes on. Staying within the offense and not trying to get too fancy is the key. What I’ve learned through playing the game is that where you get in trouble is when you force shots. Take [shots] when you get a great look because then you have a better percentage. Shot plays are shot plays. You try to get a big play, but you want to take advantage when you get the perfect look so that you can give your receivers a great opportunity to make a play without throwing into double or triple coverage.”
Foles has now recorded 19 touchdowns without a single interception on the year so far. One away from the record of 20 scores without a takeaway earned by none other than Denver Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning earlier this season. I’m sure Foles will make a mistake sooner or later, the question is simply when. Let’s hope it’s not with the game on the line, as the Eagles are in a neck-and-neck race with the Dallas Cowboys for the top spot in the NFC East and that lone playoff berth.