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Foles: ‘Guys go to work knowing that we haven’t arrived—you never arrive.’

Nov 17, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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What’s the secret to Nick Foles’ success this season? It’s quite simple, really. He just goes to work every day and tries to improve at his craft—that, and he channels the likes of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

Foles said it, not me. Upon leading the Eagles to a third-straight victory on Sunday, the second-year passer discussed how he’s been able to avoid throwing an interception in 162 pass attempts this season. During his postgame press conference, Foles credited studying the Mount Rushmore of active NFL quarterbacks for his success in that aspect. As transcribed by Alex Smith of PhiladelphiaEagles.com:

 “You watch some of the top guys in the league – Peyton (Manning), (Drew) Brees, (Aaron) Rodgers, (Tom) Brady – they’re really good at decision-making. They’ll take a shot when they can, but if they have something open short, they’re going to take it. They’re smart with the football. You don’t want to put the football in harm’s way, because if the other team gets an interception or a fumble and it’s their ball, it’s different than a punt. It’s a momentum change, and that’s something that I really worked on.”

Per CSN’s Reuben Frank, Foles now owns the second-longest streak of attempts without an interception in franchise history, passing Donovan McNabb’s strak of 187. Michael Vick is No. 1 on that list with 224, but Foles will have a shot at passing his mentor as early as next week.

It’s interesting Foles would bring those names up, as he’s been compared side-by-side with some of those future Hall-of-Famers in recent weeks. He joined Peyton Manning as one of only seven quarterbacks to throw for seven touchdowns in a game recently, while his 128.0 passer rating this season still tops them all.

Yet by no means was Foles being cocky by rattling off a list of Super Bowl champion quarterbacks. The thing you’ve got to love about this kid is he still sees room for improvement in his recent performances, and the whole team’s for that matter. Foles says they are not content with anything yet—and from the sound of things, he never will be.

“We’re in a good spot and it feels good, but we still have work to do,” said Foles. “That’s the beauty of it. We have a lot of work to do and guys know that. Guys go to work knowing that we haven’t arrived. You never arrive. You’re going to work and see what you didn’t do well. You’re going to see what you did do well, but you go to practice and the guys want to get better each week.

Not to be funny, but that’s something else all the great quarterbacks share—they’re never satisfied. Obviously, Foles isn’t on the same plane as Manning, Brees, Rodgers and Brady, perhaps he never will be. The 24-year-old just keeps on winning games though, and he’s doing it through hard work and by playing mistake-free football. How could you not be excited about his promise?

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  1. Jeff Daniels - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Foles is a fraud! Vick is the future of this franchise. Why cant any of you numbskulls understand that????

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    • Matt S. - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Marcus Vick is that you?

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    • Andre Wilson - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      That is what I am saying Jeff Daniels Vick is the Future I don’t care if he is 33 yrs old and has not finished a season since the first blackberry came out….Vick is the man…yes he is 1-3 so what FOLES is 5-1 and has not turned the ball over…lets go with VICK because winning in 2013 does not feel good…RIGHT

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    • Nickle - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Ha, Troll….

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    • NICKYPIZZAS - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      OHHI,TROLLSTER.

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  2. dagoldenchild13 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Gotta love the Foles haters. LMFAO!!!!! Hey haters started off just like you or me. Then something bothers them. Then they begin to marinate. Then steam blows out of their ears and asses and they just gotta say some old hateristic ass shit. What was that? Not the case? Well tell me what exactly it is that you hate about the man so much ? Cause hes Winning? Ohhh let me guess its his cocky ass attitude right? BLAHAHAHA. You make me vomit while I laugh. Do I love Mikey Vick…Sure do. I actually still wear his Atlanta jerseys when a bunch of LOSERS burned them. Gotta love Vick 1 of my all time favs. But to discredit an innocent man and his rise to the top that he’s more than busted his ass to accomplish while remaining humble is just shitty! Jeff Daniels and Marcus, your straight up shitty people. No but really! Mikey is far from finished with his career and hell seal his spot in the Hall of Fame, but you people are shitty for what your doing to Foles. That’s why you’ll probably never get ahead. In ANYTHING. God don’t like ugly and karma is a biaatch! Who the hell is Marcus anyways? And why the hell does he matter. His only claim to fame is a famous brother and outlandish behavior to get attention. Who cares what you think. OK now Marcus we all see you and we get the point your a jackass, so please for HEAVENS SAKE go back to the hole you crawled out of.

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  3. BenE. - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    The only thing more amusing to me on this site than obvious trolls who say “Foles sucks” are the enormous block text rants from people who take the “Foles sucks” comments seriously.

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  4. Chutley - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    So assuming Foles’ emergence and the win streak have turned the draft strategy away from a top-15-grab-a-QB, where are the heaviest positions to draft in this years projected talent? And if they pick need, what is top priority? DB?

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    • yishmeister - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      If Foles keeps improving and really does end up being THE QB, then secondary help and Linebacker depth should be first and second priority in the off-season before anything else.

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    • galasso2586 - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      In that siutation the top priorities are 1. Safety 2. Safety 3. Safety

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    • Rich Kotite Sucks at Golf - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      1. Safety 2. kicker 3. Safety

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    • mattcrwi - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      I actually think finding a trent cole replacement is top priority. He will be a year old and is already not playing well this year. Second priority is a nate allen or cary williams replacement. they both stink. If they don’t resign maclin they will also need a WR because Avant looks terrible with foles in there and as good as cooper has played he can still be improved upon.

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      • Chutley - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        I actually wouldnt be surprised if Trent retired

  5. yishmeister - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Foles is sure as hell mentally strong, but I was curious how he would handle a big hit from the likes of London Fletcher this weekend. He took one and got up and made the next play, ho hum. The next two games (Zona and Detroit) should reveal even more about Foles, and hopefully it will be all positives.

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  6. dwags - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Anyone else having trouble understanding the last Foles quote there? Specifically the part about “Going to work but never showing up”.

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  7. Tom - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I’ll settle for Foles being the next Jim McMahon, Jeff Hostetler, Mark Rypen, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, or Joe Flacco.

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