Nick Foles’ 2014 preseason debut didn’t exactly go to plan. In the Chicago Bears’ 34-28 victory over Foles’ Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, the 25-year-old signal caller finished with 44 yards converting on 6-9 attempts and throwing for two interceptions. The interception total matched the number he threw throughout the entire 2013 season and his 38.4 passer rating ranked last among the eight quarterbacks that appeared in the game.
But Eagles coach Chip Kelly made it clear following the loss that he is not worried about Foles’ bad showing.
From Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
“We’re not concerned,” Kelly told reporters. “It’s one preseason game, you got ‘X’ amount of snaps. We’ll make corrections and go from there. There’s a lot of things to look at.”
While Kelly took it easy on his quarterback, Foles wasn’t as kind when evaluating his own performance.
“I didn’t play well tonight,” Foles told reporters. “As an offense, we can’t hurt ourselves. I threw two passes that weren’t good decisions that were picked off. . . . It’s one of those things. I’m going to learn from it. I’m going to get better. It’s correctable. I knew exactly when I made the pass what I should have done. I’ll learn from it and move forward.”
Still, as Kelly mentioned, this is a preseason game. Yes, Philadelphia would prefer Foles to go out there and light it up, but every quarterback has bad games and it’s better for the Eagles to realize what Foles needs to work on now than during the regular season.
Foles threw for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns this past season.