Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has a difficult act to follow for the 2014 season: himself.
Last year Foles threw just two interceptions and broke the NFL’s all time touchdown to pick ratio. As skilled as Foles is the odds of him repeating that feat again in his career are astronomical.
Still, Foles has set a high bar for himself and when he falls short he’s not a happy camper. On Friday night during the Eagles’ preseason debut against the Chicago Bears Foles did not look sharp, throwing two picks and narrowly avoided a third on just nine passing attempts.
Chicago forces 4 turnovers as Bears beat Eagles, 34-28. Nick Foles throws 2 INT in loss, had 2 INT total last year. pic.twitter.com/DPLDes702G
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 9, 2014
On Saturday afternoon when reporters asked him about it Foles said he was sick to his stomach:
“I just made a couple of bad throws, it’s as simple as that. Everybody’s going to look into it and try and think all these different things… Me, personally, it’s a sick feeling in your stomach. At the same time, I know I can correct those. I’m going to go back to work and get better because of it… The first one, I felt a little pressure and was trying to throw it down the middle… Just a bad throw. The second one, just trying to make too big a play and sort of forced the ball in there.”
Foles is too professional to make any excuses for his play, but I think it should be noted that he was under pressure almost every snap on Friday and that it’s perfectly normal for any NFL player to have a little rust in their first preseason game.