Foles set tone with his ‘Stay in mo­ment’ ap­proach

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - Bob Grotz Colum­nist

NEW OR­LEANS >> In a lot of ways the Ea­gles learned a lot more about them­selves this sea­son than they did dur­ing the Su­per Bowl run.

It’s just go­ing to be a while be­fore they get past the oblig­a­tory rhetoric you roll with when you lose, as they did Sun­day in the NFC di­vi­sional round to the New Or­leans Saints.

What they’re most proud of, to sum up, is not giv­ing up, fight­ing to the end and ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite these days, stay­ing in the mo­ment.

That clas­sic re­frain is ev­ery­where in the locker room thanks to Nick Foles, the leader of the stay-in-the-mo­ment move­ment. Foles and his mantra are revered by team­mates for re­sults like that four-game win streak that car­ried them all the way to the NFC di­vi­sional play­offs.

It wasn’t an­other Su­per Bowl ti­tle, but it was their mo­ment.

When Al­shon Jef­fery was asked if he thought he’d played his last game with Foles, he couldn’t help but smile at the way his an­swer sounded.

“I’m just en­joy­ing the mo­ment right now,” Jef­frey said. “I mean, we’ll see where the fu­ture leads.”

Cue that co­me­dian, Yakoff Smirnoff, and what a mo­ment!

For Foles, the fu­ture is go­ing to be a start­ing job some­where despite a lousy last game sta­tis­ti­cally. The in­ter­cep­tions he threw are eas­ily ex­plain­able. Great play by Marshon Lat­ti­more on the first throw and Jef­fery tipped the other one, also to Lat­ti­more.

The bot­tom line is Foles had the Ea­gles at the 27-yard line of the Saints with 2:01 to go when Jef­fery didn’t hang on. Not Foles’ fault. But to tell you the kind of standup guy Foles is, the reign­ing Su­per Bowl MVP urged Jef­fery to for­get what he ba­si­cally knew was his last pass as the start­ing quar­ter­back of the Ea­gles.

BILL FEIG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New Or­leans quar­ter­back Drew Brees, left, and Ea­gles QB Nick Foles share a mo­ment af­ter the Saints ral­lied for a 20-14 vic­tory Sun­day.

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