Let’s take a look back at 2013 for a second. That year, Nick Foles was one of the best quarterbacks in football, throwing for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 13 games.
That’s right: 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
What was that season like?
“It was a great season,” Foles said on Tiki and Tierney. “It just felt really good out there going into games (and) just being really smart with the ball. We were able to throw a lot of touchdowns and not too many interceptions. That’s what you want to do.”
Yes, Chip Kelly has had two good seasons in Philadelphia, going 10-6 each year and leading the Eagles to a division title in 2013.
What’s the key to his system?
“You want to be smart with the football, like anything else,” Foles said, “but you have to stay up-tempo. A lot of times it’s just taking what they give you, but just knowing when you can take a shot. It’s working well in all phases of the offense – run game, passing game, play-action, all of that. And then you have to have a great defense, great special teams.”
While Kelly’s offenses put a lot of pressure on defenses, they also put a lot of pressure on themselves. You can’t afford to have too many three-and-outs; otherwise, your defense will be gassed in the fourth quarter.
“You don’t want to go three-and-out doing an up-tempo attack,” Foles said. “It really puts a lot of pressure on the defense. So when we’re out there, we really want to get that first first down. You can see when we do get that first fist down, we get rolling. Chip will get going with some really fast calls. We’ll get to gash the defense.”
Foles’ 2014 season didn’t go quite as smoothly in 2013, as he threw 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in eight games before suffering an injury to his collarbone. Mark Sanchez started the rest of the way, but Foles expects to get his job back in 2015.
“That’s my expectation,” he said. “I expect to be in Philadelphia leading the Eagles.”
There are reports that Foles could be traded in the offseason, but the 26-year-old isn’t too worried about rumors.
“I only listen to what’s inside the building,” he said. “I listen to Chip. He makes the decisions along with the other guys. So I listen to what they say. I’m just going about it every single day, doing what I can control. And what I can control is training right now, getting ready. I’m healthy and I’m ready to go for next season.”
Sanchez, however, might have something to say about that. He threw for 2,418 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season and hopes to win the starting job.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen with that,” Foles said. “Mark’s a tremendous guy, a tremendous competitor. He did a great job when he stepped in. He was great when I was playing, helping me get ready for games. So it was great when he went in there when I was injured. To see him go in there and excel and play well, it was great to see that. But I’m not sure what the future holds.”