How would you describe the transition from Chip Kelly's wide-open offense to a more buttoned-up system in St. Louis?
Nick Foles: We really want to have a great running game, but with that we need to have great balance in the passing game. We have a lot of talent to really stretch the ball downfield that we’re going to use, but we also have great running backs and an O-line that’s going to do an outstanding job. It’s a different offense, but I’m loving the offense. I’m learning the offense and it’s going to be a lot of fun to play in.
How long did it take you to get the new playbook down?
Foles: To me, I get asked the question a lot about percentage of offense, and the offense is never fully installed. You’re always adding. There’s stuff you’re going to learn each and every week. Even throughout the season, you’re going to have new plays that you haven’t practiced before. Each day we’re learning more and more. That’s all I can tell you. That’s the truth.
What is the biggest difference between the two schemes?
Foles: There’s different concepts, passing concepts, that are similar, that have similar reads, but it’s a different offense. We’re going to have different terminology, different things going on, but that’s the fun part of it. I get to learn more football. It’s a great offense to play in.
What do you say to those who think your performance in Philly, particularly in 2013, was simply the product of a system?
Foles: I don’t really worry about that. People are going to say what they’re going to say. They always have throughout my career. Each and every player deals with it. The way I do, I’m just going to play. I know who I am. I know what kind of player I am, and my job is to help my team win games. There’s always going to be that … [desire] to get better, but it’s not from people saying stuff. I couldn’t care less. I want to be the best player for my team, and that’s all I need. I can see it in my teammates’ eyes and I want to be that player that helps them, so that’s all I need.
Your numbers took quite a hit last season. Did defenses figure you out?
Foles: I think people look at numbers so much that you forget that we were at the top of the NFC East at the time. I definitely turned the ball over a few times, but it was facing the adversity that you continue to fight through it. We were able to come back, and I think four of those games we were down by double digits and the team was able to rally back and win those games. Although those stats weren’t as good, it’s about the team. It’s about rallying through. If we turn it over, the defense has our back, and we have to go down there and put points on the board when we get the ball back. I’ve never been a stat guy. I couldn’t care less about stats. I care about the wins and it doesn’t matter how you do it. Of course, you don’t want to throw interceptions or do that, but if you throw a couple and you get the ‘W’, I’d take that over throwing five touchdowns and losing.
Did you watch your tape from last season? What was the biggest thing you learned that you’ll apply to this year?
Foles: My footwork here, my fundamentals here, throwing to my guys here. So I really just focus on what I’m doing here.