One does not need to remind new Eagles quarterback Nick Foles of the success that head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg have had with quarterbacks. Two of those star pupils were wandering the halls of the NovaCare Complex on Saturday as Foles arrived in town.
Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick, who have earned a combined seven Pro Bowls under Reid, were at the NovaCare Complex to honor Brian Dawkins, who signed a ceremonial contract to retire an Eagle. Foles met Vick on his pre-draft visit to Philadelphia and received a text from he, Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards after he was selected with the 88th overall pick on Friday night.
"I understand that I'm very fortunate to be here and I'm excited. When I saw the call last night, our power went out last night at the house so we had no clue what was going on. Then, my phone went off and I knew I was coming here and I know I'm around some of the best coaches ever to develop quarterbacks," Foles said. "It's a great honor for me to be here."
The Eagles consistently boast one of the most explosive offenses in the entire league. Foles is no stranger to putting up record-breaking numbers. At Westlake High School in Austin, Tx., Foles broke the school records set by Drew Brees. At Arizona, Foles finished his career as the all-time leading passer in terms of yards, touchdowns, attempts and completions.
But Foles doesn't pride himself on posting gaudy numbers. He wants to win. But in his senior season at Arizona, Foles played under a young offensive line. Outside of fellow draft pick Juron Criner at wideout, Foles did not have a lot of weapons. Arizona struggled early on in the season as a team which led to the dismissal of head coach Mike Stoops. It was a learning experience for Foles.
"I think you grow as a leader. It's tough. When you lose your head coach part of that is because of you as a player. It's not because of the coach. We didn't do our job. I didn't do my job as a quarterback. I didn't win the games. That's on me and I didn't get that done and I take that personally," Foles said.
"It's tough because coach Stoops is a heck of a coach, I love the man to death. He gave me my opportunity to play and I'll always respect him. We just had a young team and we didn't teach the young guys how to win. I think just facing adversity and continuing to grind no matter what – always wanting to get better. That's how I approach everything and that's how I saw my team every day."
Now, Foles gets the chance to learn behind the scenes, winning every day in the weight room, the meeting room and on the practice field. And he'll have some of the best tutors to aid him along the way.
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