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

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

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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Instant Replay: Nationals 4, Phillies 0

Instant Replay: Nationals 4, Phillies 0

BOX SCORE

The Phillies were beaten, 4-0, by the Washington Nationals on Monday night, but wins and losses don’t matter as much as development in a rebuilding season, so there was a bright spot: Rookie right-hander Jake Thompson finally broke through with a good start in holding the Nats to two runs over seven innings.
 
The Phillies’ offense was not good. It produced just four hits on the night.
 
Washington got all the offense it needed when Jayson Werth, the second batter of the game, homered off Thompson in the first inning.

The Nats lead the NL East at 76-55. The Phils are 60-71.
 
The crowd of 16,056 was the smallest of the season at Citizens Bank Park.
 
Starting pitching report
Thompson had struggled in four starts — 9.78 ERA — since arriving from Triple A and there were questions whether he’d even make this start. But he put together a nice outing. After giving up two runs in the first inning, he pitched six straight scoreless innings, finishing his outing with three strikeouts, the last of which came on his 111th pitch when he froze Trea Turner with a breaking ball with two men on base. Thompson allowed seven hits — four in the first three innings — and walked one.
 
Washington right-hander Tanner Roark pitched seven shutout innings to improve to 14-7. He held the Phils to four hits and a walk and struck out five.

Roark is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA (two earned runs in 28 innings) in four starts against the Phillies this season. The Nats are 15-4 in his last 19 starts.

Bullpen report
Frank Herrmann gave up two runs in the ninth.
 
At the plate
Odubel Herrera had two of the Phillies’ four hits.
 
Werth’s homer in the top of the first was his 19th. Anthony Rendon drove in a run with a two-out single in that inning. Clint Robinson and Turner had RBI singles in the ninth to push the Nats’ lead to 4-0.
 
ICYMI
Herrera is staying in center field for the remainder of the season, Pete Mackanin said (see story).
 
Up next
The series continues on Tuesday night. Jerad Eickhoff (9-12, 3.87) pitches against Washington right-hander Max Scherzer (14-7, 2.92).

Eagles sign Soul DT Jake Metz following workout

Eagles sign Soul DT Jake Metz following workout

Jake Metz has gone from the Soul to the Eagles.

Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski on Monday night tweeted a congratulatory message about the defensive tackle signing with the Eagles.

Metz and Soul wide receiver Darius Reynolds, fresh off an ArenaBowl title last Friday, worked out for the Eagles this afternoon before practice. Metz is the 74th player on the roster, which means the team is still below the next cut line — which is Tuesday at 4 p.m. — of 75. The Eagles' roster has to be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Metz, 25, graduated from Souderton Area High School and played his college ball at Shippensburg University. For the Arena Football League champions, Metz posted Soul highs in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (10).

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said there was a chance he could look at Odubel Herrera in a corner outfield spot over the final weeks of the season.

Scrub that idea.

“Not this year,” Mackanin said Monday. “If we decide we're going to do that, we'll encourage him to play a corner in winter ball and then in spring training, if that's what we decide to do.

“I thought about doing that. But I don't know if we want to do that now. We’ll just let him get back on track offensively. I won't say it won't happen here or there. But we're not going to make that move right now.

“Let's try to keep his mind as uncluttered as possible right now. It looks a little cluttered.”

The Phillies have thought about moving Herrera to a corner spot because they have a top center field prospect in Roman Quinn. Also, Aaron Altherr is an excellent defender in center.

Quinn seemed to be on target for a call up after the Eastern League playoffs, but that could be in doubt now that he’s on the disabled list with a concussion.

Still, Quinn may be this club’s centerfielder of the future. And behind him is Mickey Moniak, this year’s top draft pick. He’s a ways away. But it’s worth wondering if the Phillies believe Herrera’s future is at a corner outfield spot. Or whether Herrera will be wintertime trade bait.

Mackanin was asked if he believed Herrera’s future would be in a corner spot.

“You know, I'd rather not really even comment on that,” he said. “I don't want him to think that we're not pleased with him. I just want to keep him confident the rest of the season.”

Herrera’s defense in center field has slipped this season.

“He was better last year defensively,” Mackanin said. “He's made a lot of mistakes this year. I think we've all seen that. But that doesn't mean he's not going to play center field anymore. There's another month left to see what happens.”

Herrera was the Phillies’ lone representative in the All-Star Game. He hit .294 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage before the All-Star break. Since then, however, he was hitting .252 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .378 slugging percentage entering play Monday night.