Foles set tone with his ‘Stay in moment’ approach
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.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, left, and Eagles QB Nick Foles share a moment after the Saints rallied for a 20-14 victory Sunday.