The way the Philadelphia Eagles season began this year could be the very definition of a roller coaster: An opening day win followed by three straight losses, followed by two wins, followed by two losses. Now, currently the Eagles are on a 4-game winning streak heading into their matchup this Sunday with the Detroit Lions.
New head coach Chip Kelly seemed to have his offense cut out for former starting quarterback Michael Vick, but due to injuries — yet again — he found himself on the bench in favor of Nick Foles. Finally, when Vick was healthy, Kelly made Foles the starter for the rest of the season so that there would be no question or controversy made about his quarterback situation.
Foles was recently asked by ESPN’s Ron Jaworski about how he felt when he was named the permanent starter.
“It does feel great to have confidence behind me, but at the same time I know who I am as a person and a player, and I’m going to continue to stay that way no matter what,” Foles said.
He also went into what his relationship with Vick has meant to him throughout the season and his development.
“You have Mike, who has done so many great things in this league and he’s always had my back throughout this whole thing… and we continue to have a great friendship and you know, that’s tough. I can’t imagine what it’s like in that situation. But you know, you really get to see someone’s true colors. You know, I love Mike to death. He hasn’t changed a bit and he’s still there and we’re still doing this together.”
For Foles to continue to be so humble throughout this season and give credit to his teammates, specifically Vick, says a lot about his character. He’s been undeniably one of the very best quarterbacks in the entire league since taking over as a starter and has yet to throw an interception. In this position, he could easily get a big head and act like he’s been here before. But, instead, he’s taken a step back and given all of the credit and compliment to his coaches and teammates, again, particularly his great friend in Vick.
The Eagles are fighting, at the moment, for the NFC’s final sixth seed in the playoffs as well as potentially even the third or fourth seed as the NFC East division winner. Sunday’s matchup with Detroit will be huge for each team. Will Foles stay interception free? If he does, the Lions will have a hard time slowing down this red-hot Eagles team.