Nick Foles is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week which is quite an honor for the young quarterback. Nick Foles quickly did what he always does when people try to offer him accolades he turned it into a team award.
"It's a great honor but when I look at it, it's team thing," said Foles
Nick Foles is 7-1 as a starter, running an offense, for which many people said he didn't have the right skill set. On talk radio and in the sports columns comments about Foles ability to run the Chip Kelly offense were bantered about before the season started and all during the preseason.
"He doesn't have enough ares arm strength."
"He doesn't have the elusiveness of a Mike Vick."
Foles has succeeded and is putting up some pretty impressive numbers for a quarterback who has started only a handful of games in two seasons. Foles, so far this year, has been named has NFC Player of the Month twice, tied and NFL record by throwing seen touchdowns in one game, seen his uniform sent to Canton Hall of Fame and has seen his game improve week to week. Now comes the cover of SI magazine. Foles for the most part does not seem phased by any of the accolades and honors.
"I just zone it out in some ways," Foles said to CSN Philly. "It might be something in the offseason you reflect on for a day and then you move forward. I just zone it out because the most important thing is what we do as a team and it's not what an individual does."
It seems right now nothing can stop Nick Foles, well nothing that is except for the Sports Illustrated Cover jinx.
The idea of a SI cover jinx started back in 1954 when Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews, the first athlete to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, ended up with a broken hand which later caused him to miss seven games.
The latest incident of the SI jinx is AJ McCarron and Crimson Tide. On November 20. 2013 McCarron was featured on the cover of SI, ten days later the Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in the final play ending their bid for a third National Championship.
According to Philly.com when Foles was asked if he believes in the SI cures he answered, "I don't." He went on to say. "I think a lot of times when something happens you start getting complacent and you start thinking you've arrived. Everyday I come to work and I'll work to get better and work on the stuff that I'm not doing well because like I said, I have a lot of flaws in my game and I've got to make those better everyday."
Foles is the third Eagles quarterback to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, along with Mike Vick and Matt Barkley while he was at USC.
Eagles fans need not worry. The Eagles are playing good football right now, add to that a few lucky breaks, and it won't be any magazine cover that will take them down it will be a team who just happens to be playing a better football game.