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September 10, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY said yesterday he hasn't talked to Nick Foles yet about the film from Sunday's herky-jerky season opener. Kelly didn't want to share any insights into why his starting quarterback spent the first half of the game against Jacksonville lurching around the pocket with the dazed expression of a household pet abandoned on I-95. I watched the game again yesterday, and wasn't visited by any blinding insights. The only thing I noticed that I didn't really consider as it was happening was that a lot of the awkwardness had to do with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
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September 9, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
After the hardest year of his football life, Jeremy Maclin couldn't have taken an easier route to redemption. Nick Foles had fooled the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense with a play fake; LeSean McCoy had thrown a timely and vital block to fend off an oncoming defensive end; and Maclin was alone in the center of Lincoln Financial Field. Here it was, the fourth quarter of Maclin's first game since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last July, and now all he had to do to score the decisive touchdown in the Eagles' 34-17 victory Sunday was to wait for Foles' pass to land in his hands.
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December 6, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NICK FOLES is a low-profile guy in a high-profile job. A little less than 7 weeks shy of his 25th birthday, the Eagles quarterback is the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Month, one touchdown pass short of Peyton Manning's record of 20 TD passes without an interception from the start of a season. Green and white No. 9 jerseys are about to be arrayed beneath many a Delaware Valley Christmas tree. But who is this man? The locker stall at NovaCare offers no real clues. It contains assorted nutritional supplements, rumpled sweat clothes, a pillow.
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November 12, 2012
On Sunday against the Cowboys, Nick Foles made his NFL debut by replacing injured starting quarterback Michael Vick with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second quarter. On Nov. 23, 2008, against the Ravens, Kevin Kolb got his first significant NFL playing time by replacing struggling starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to open the third quarter. Their results were similarly unsuccessful. Outcomes: Sunday, Cowboys 38, Eagles 23; Nov. 23, 2008, Ravens 36, Eagles 7. Foles' numbers: 22-32-219, 1 TD, 1 INT. Kolb's numbers: 10-23-73, 0 TD, 2 INT. Foles' bright spot: He completed a 44-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin early in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 14-10 lead.
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December 4, 2012
SO THE FINAL four games of this Eagles season resemble the first four - with a "Twilight Zone" twist. Then, the postgame conversation was about culpable coaches and game-deciding fumbles and the ability of the starting quarterback to take the Philadelphia Eagles to the next level. And it is again. The twist, of course, is that the quarterback is now a rookie and the next level is now mediocrity. The fumbles call into question whether rookie Bryce Brown is a bruising, fleet-footed find with a magnificent future in the NFL or just another one of those backs destined to bounce from team to team because of a tendency to bounce the football at the most inopportune of times.
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February 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Whether it was a sign of genuine enthusiasm or an effort to raise the asking price, Eagles coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman were adamant in their support of quarterback Nick Foles on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Foles' future in Philadelphia has come into question since Kelly was hired because of Kelly's recent history with mobile quarterbacks. It appeared even more questionable when the Eagles renegotiated a deal with Michael Vick, who will be 33 next season, and added Dennis Dixon, another mobile threat.
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July 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles shuffled to the microphone in flip-flops and a black baseball cap. A crowd of reporters and cameras formed a semicircle around the Eagles quarterback and each time he was asked a question by someone on the outer edges, Foles would turn and face him. It had been over a month since Foles last publicly spoke. In the intervening time, as the Phillies sank into nonrelevancy, the local sports media vacuum had been filled by a   Philadelphia   magazine profile of Foles that questioned whether he had enough ego to be a successful NFL quarterback.
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April 5, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may be time to envision the possibility that Nick Foles will win the Eagles starting quarterback job. Certainly, there are some who have already contemplated the likelihood, considering the competition. Chip Kelly has never wavered from his stance - given the day after he became the Eagles head coach - that he likes Foles and would tailor his offense to the second-year quarterback's skill-set should he prevail. And yet there has been this perception that Foles has little chance since Kelly came aboard and decided a few weeks later to bring Michael Vick back.
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August 22, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Monday evening will be remembered for the quarterback who failed to finish the game, because it is Michael Vick's health that is the overbearing cloud on the Eagles' prospects this season. But there can at least be satisfaction from the quarterback who replaced Vick. Because Nick Foles, the rookie third-round pick, continued a scorching summer in which he often plays the position with a prowess that suggests the Eagles have a prospect with enough promise to develop into a reliable player.
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November 14, 2012
Nick Foles' performance against the Cowboys on Sunday was neither great nor bad. The rookie quarterback was competent, perhaps even more so considering the circumstances, and he gave no indication that he could not handle the rigors of starting in the NFL. But the sample - less than three quarters of football - remains a small one. With Michael Vick unlikely to play Sunday at Washington, Foles will get the opportunity to add to his resumé and...
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September 16, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - Consider the quarterback. In our mind's eye, in the image of him that we've conjured after decades of watching football and steeping ourselves in its mythology, he is John Wayne and John F. Kennedy and John Shaft, all in one - tough and cool and charismatic, solid as stone when everyone else has worry in his eyes, daring when circumstance demands it. He grew up in a Western Pennsylvania steel town, or on the lonely West Texas...
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September 16, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - The prettiest pass that Nick Foles threw Monday night traveled in a perfect arc from his right hand to the left corner of the end zone, and although Riley Cooper had Colts defensive back Vontae Davis at his hip, the football still descended into Cooper's hands as if a parachute were attached to it. Here was a go-ahead touchdown falling out of the sky and right into Cooper's hands, if he could just do the thing that the Eagles are...
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September 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles did not ignore his alarming first half in the season opener. He knows he missed receivers, he knows he held onto the ball too long, he knows that the expectations of him now make a three-turnover outing the source of panic. Foles is curious about how quarterbacks deal with bad games. The Eagles' starter understands the burden that quarterbacks bear, and he has experienced it in the last week - even after a 322-yard, two-touchdown performance in the win over Jacksonville.
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September 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Cody Parkey walked onto the field three seconds and a 36-yard field goal away from a 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts, the team's second straight come-from-behind victory to begin the season. Coach Chip Kelly relied on his rookie kicker to seal another double-digit comeback Monday night. Parkey made the field goal for the win, although the Eagles' celebration was halted when the officials awarded the Colts a timeout that they said Indianapolis called right before Parkey's kick.
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September 16, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - You're probably really angry about the way the Eagles lost Monday night, getting pushed around by the Indianapolis Colts' run blocking, losing the guy who has been their best defensive player so far this season to a calf injury just after they'd climbed out of a 14-point hole, quarterback Nick Foles not bouncing back hard enough from that wobbly first game, with his wideouts doing absolutely nothing to help him. Wait. What? OK, while some of us were trying to fashion prose on deadline, it seems the Eagles stole a win on the road, 30-27, rookie Cody Parkey atoning for an earlier miss by hitting the 36-yard game-winner twice on the final play.
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September 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - A four-play sequence in the third quarter exhibited the dangerous dynamic the Eagles envisioned this season with the running back tandem of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. One moment, McCoy was running around the Colts' defense for a 21-yard gain on third-and-15. The next, it was the diminutive Sproles bruising his way into the end zone for an impressive game-tying touchdown. Eight days after the offense struggled to maintain a consistent ground attack, the performances of the Eagles running backs proved crucial in Monday night's come-from-behind 30-27 win over the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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September 12, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
SO, WHAT was Nick Foles seeing during that horrendous first-half performance in the Eagles' come-from-behind season-opening victory over Jacksonville? Since the Birds then went on to score 34 straight points, it was easy for Foles to talk about team unity, keeping confidence and sticking together to rally to a 34-17 victory. Ultimately, that was the most important thing, but it's hard to ignore how Foles looked as if he didn't even belong on the field for the first 30 minutes of that game.
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September 12, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles missed open receivers throughout Sunday's victory over Jacksonville despite the perception that he did a 180 in the second half after a mistake-filled first half. But the indecision was so glaring and the Eagles offense was so productive that Foles' first career opening-day start could be just a blip on the season if the quarterback can return to his 2013 groove. He has done it before. He rebounded from the Cowboys debacle last October, and to a lesser extent from the preseason opener against the Bears.
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September 12, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Columnist
IT'S SAFE TO SAY the Colts, who selected Andrew Luck No. 1 overall, would not want to redo the 2012 NFL draft. They have a quarterback to build their franchise around. But betcha the Redskins wouldn't mind a do-over, exchanging oft-injured Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 pick. The Redskins also took Kirk Cousins with the 102nd pick. Their franchise is at a crossroads. Miami might be OK with Ryan Tannehill (No. 8). Cleveland, which took Brandon Weeden at No. 22, definitely wishes it still had the receipt.
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September 10, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY said yesterday he hasn't talked to Nick Foles yet about the film from Sunday's herky-jerky season opener. Kelly didn't want to share any insights into why his starting quarterback spent the first half of the game against Jacksonville lurching around the pocket with the dazed expression of a household pet abandoned on I-95. I watched the game again yesterday, and wasn't visited by any blinding insights. The only thing I noticed that I didn't really consider as it was happening was that a lot of the awkwardness had to do with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
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