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?

>> Foles Proud To Help Deliver Home Win [PE.com]

Matt Rhule thanks Temple, Philadelphia in full page ad in Inquirer

Matt Rhule thanks Temple, Philadelphia in full page ad in Inquirer

On Tuesday, the Matt Rhule era at Temple ended.

Rhule bolted North Broad Street for Baylor University, from the lowly American Athletic Conference to the Big 12, a natural progression in college football.

And, in a classy move, Rhule took out a full page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer thanking Philadelphia and Temple.

The full text of the ad.

On behalf of Julie and our children, I want to express our sincere gratitude to Temple University. The passion and pursuit of excellence at Temple allowed for our student-athletes to achieve success on the football field and to develop as young men off of the field. Temple and Philly will always be a part of us and we will be cheering on the Owls from afar.

As for Temple — to quote a common phrase Rhule used while at Temple — what's next?

We don't know yet, but we'll find out in the coming weeks.

Led by interim head coach Ed Foley, No. 24 Temple will face Wake Forrest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Best of NHL: Last-place Islanders take down rival Rangers

Best of NHL: Last-place Islanders take down rival Rangers

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd scored in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Tuesday night.

John Tavares, Jason Chimera and Scott Mayfield also scored at the Barclays Center to help the last-place Islanders improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.

Jimmy Vesey and Marc Staal scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves. The Rangers have alternated wins and losses in regulation in their last eight games.

Halak beat Lundqvist for the ninth time in their last 10 matchups. Halak had won eight straight -- including the last five after joining the Islanders before the 2014-15 season -- before Lundqvist ended the streak in the Rangers' 5-3 win in the season opener Oct. 13 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist is now 1-6-1 in his last eight against the Islanders (see full recap).

Schwartz lifts Blues over Canadiens in OT
ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz got his second goal of the game in overtime, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which has won four of five. The Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit and have a point in their last 13 home games.

Tomas Plekanec and Paul Byron scored for Montreal, which completed a five-game trip 2-3.

Goalie Jake Allen made 28 saves to improve to 13-3-3.

Schwartz lifted a backhander past goalie Al Montoya with 1:22 left in overtime.

Stastny and Schwartz scored in a 2:51 span in the third period to tie it at 2 (see full recap).

Blackhawks blank Coyotes to snap modest skid
CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa had two goals, Scott Darling made 22 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game slide.

Artem Anisimov and Dennis Rasmussen also scored to help Chicago maintain a three-point lead over St. Louis in the Central Division.

Darling made a handful of tough stops but wasn't heavily tested in his first shutout this season and third of his career. He started his third straight game in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford, who had an appendectomy in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Hossa scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals in his 27th game -- surpassing his total of 13 last season in 64 contests (see full recap).