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Lunch Break: Beast of the least?
Nick Foles is a native of Texas and played his college ball at Arizona. (AP)
He grew up in Austin, Texas. It doesn’t get cold in Austin, Texas. Not in November. Not ever. Not really.
He plays in Philadelphia now. It does get cold in Philadelphia. In November, and a lot of other months, too.
That wouldn’t seem to be a big deal, playing in the cold. Except Nick Foles has never really done it. Or at least he hasn’t done it for a protracted period. He spent one year in college at Michigan State before transferring to Arizona and warmer climates. It’s something he’s still getting used to -- the cold and the wind that usually goes with it.
“I think you all know I’m from the South,” Foles said at the NovaCare Complex this week. “I went to Arizona. I spent a year at Michigan State. I’m acclimating to it. I’m getting more used to throwing in the cold weather. When you have cold weather and wind, it makes it more difficult. You just have to make sure your spiral is tight. Sometimes, when you throw, you have to judge the wind because sometimes it’s hard to get that deep ball out there when there’s a gust of wind coming at you in the cold weather.”
It was chilly in Green Bay last weekend. Maybe not for Packers fans, but for Foles. The weather was in the mid-40s, and the wind was about 19 mph with gusts up to 26 mph. Foles played well in the conditions, throwing for 228 yards, three touchdowns and a 149.3 quarterback rating.
“It was a windy day on the field in Green Bay,” Chip Kelly said. “That’s just part of what you deal with when you’re playing football, unless you’re playing in a couple of those dome stadiums, you’re going to have to deal with whatever the weather is on those specific days. It’s just getting comfortable and getting a feel for it.”
If Foles is going to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback for the rest of the season -- and given how he’s recently played, Dallas game excepted, it’s impossible to imagine anyone replacing him -- he knows there will be cold weather games ahead. He also knows those games could very well determine whether the 5-5 Eagles -- tied for first place in the underperforming NFC East -- are in the playoffs this year or watching it from the comfort of their couches.
“It’s really just getting used to it,” Foles said. “But I feel like, as I’ve been in Philadelphia, I’ve gotten better and better at throwing in the cold weather. And when you get good at throwing in the cold weather, it makes it a lot easier to throw in warm weather.”
About that: The Eagles practiced inside the bubble on Tuesday and Wednesday when the temperature was stuck in the low-40s. Why? Because Kelly said “it’s going to be 61 degrees on Sunday.”
“Unless your crack weathermen are not accurate,” Kelly said, “then we’re playing another game in the 60s on Sunday. If it’s not, we’ll blame them.”