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Nick Foles opens up about his struggles with confidence

Nick Foles opens up about his struggles with confidence

Even Super Bowl MVPs can lose their confidence. 

Nick Foles was asked Wednesday about a comment that Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick made earlier in the day, about how even a 15-year veteran like himself who’s seen everything can lose his confidence.

Foles took it and ran with it, explaining that even after a record-setting postseason run, after winning a championship, after being named Super Bowl MVP and being immortalized with a Philly Special statue, he too struggles with his confidence:

“You don’t get (confidence) and keep it. I think that’s life. Day to day, there’s struggles. Confidence isn’t just something (that’s always there). I think people expect since you’ve done it before you should know how to do it every time. But each day’s a new day, each struggle’s a new struggle. And we are humans. We do have feelings and we do go through different things. … 

“People look at us as professional athletes and think we don’t deal with that, but we do. And I think that when Fitz says that, that’s really awesome that he’s as honest as he is, because I’ll be honest too. 

“We do struggle. You do lose your confidence at times. But you have to know how to get it back and what does it take. For me, it’s always leaning on Christ and talking to my wife. Even though sometimes I probably drive her crazy. But she’s always been there for me.”

Foles is a unique guy in a unique position. A Super Bowl MVP keeping the seat warm for a possible future MVP.

What really makes him special, though, is how he has used his platform to help others. His honesty regarding mental health issues, self-doubt and his own struggles with confidence is inspirational.

When young athletes understand that even people like Nick Foles or Brian Dawkins, who’ve experienced unimaginable success and achieved greatness at the highest level, still struggle with their confidence or experience self-doubt it can really help them understand that their own similar struggles are perfectly normal and OK.

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Roob Knows Podcast: One of the worst losses in team history

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Roob Knows Podcast: One of the worst losses in team history

On this edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro recap the debacle in New Orleans. 

Who should own the most responsibility for the loss? Are there coaches already on the hot seat?

Roob gives some rather forgettable stats. However, is there hope for a division title with the injury to Alex Smith?

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1:00 - What happened?
6:00 - Doug Pederson and Mike Groh overmatched without Frank Reich?
11:00 - Saints were playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" often.
13:00 - Alarming lack of takeaways from the defense.
17:00 - Doug deserves most of the blame.
22:00 - Carson Wentz deserves criticism.
28:30 - With Alex Smith gone for the season, do the Eagles have a shot at the division?
34:00 - Some forgettable stats from Sunday's loss.
39:30 - How was New Orleans?

Eagles Injury Update: Reports on all half a dozen injured Birds

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Eagles Injury Update: Reports on all half a dozen injured Birds

The Eagles are hurting emotionally and physically, Doug Pederson said, after their 48-7 loss to the Saints in New Orleans. 

Let’s dive into the physical portion now. 

Six Eagles left Sunday’s game early with injuries. Pederson was asked about all of them in a rapid-fire question to start his Monday morning press conference. 

“That’s a big list,” he said. “Big list, big list, big list.”

Here are those updates: 

• Long snapper Rick Lovato suffered a concussion and is in the NFL’s concussion protocol 

• Jordan Hicks (calf) is week to week

• Sidney Jones (hamstring) is week to week 

• Avonte Maddox (knee) is day to day 

• Rasul Douglas (knee) is day to day

• Jason Kelce (elbow) is “fine” 

Even though Pederson said Maddox is day to day, that’s somewhat hard to believe. Maddox’s injury looked nasty and he was seen walking away from the building Monday morning with a significant limp. 

Normally, when Pederson calls someone “week to week,” they’re going to miss some time. That’s where Hicks and Jones are. Pederson said Jones had healed completely from his hamstring injury but suffered a new injury. 

If Lovato can’t play this coming Sunday, linebacker Nate Gerry is the team’s backup. He long-snapped in college and was warming up on the sideline Sunday night. 

In light of the rash of injuries, Pederson was asked about his trust in the team’s medical staff. Pederson was defensive about this topic and said there’s “no problem.”

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