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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A couple takeaways from Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s chat with the media Tuesday afternoon:
What Schwartz hears from fans
Schwartz is notorious for hating to blitz. In his perfect world, the front four would generate enough pass pressure on a regular basis that he’d rarely have to blitz. But that does give him the element of surprise. When the Eagles do blitz, it can really catch an offense off-guard, especially when he does it in a situation where he rarely calls a blitz.
Eagles fans, on the other hand, love blitzing, and Schwartz said he hears from fans all the times that he should blitz more:
“Every time I step on to the field or come out of the tunnel, all I hear is, ‘Schwartz, you've got to blitz every play, you've got to bring it every play.’ And I understand, they mean you have to pressure the quarterback, which we're all for, but there is some risk inherent to that."
Don't blame Mills
The combination of a Ronald Darby blitz not getting home and Malcolm Jenkins inexplicably vacating the middle of the field left Mills alone with DeSean Jackson on the first play of the Tampa loss Sunday, and that’s a mismatch for any cornerback.
Schwartz made it clear it’s not fair to blame Mills for D-Jack’s 75-yard touchdown. The play broke down on a couple levels, and there aren’t many cornerbacks who can cover Jackson without any help.
“It's very rare that it's one person's fault when you've got 11 guys trying to do a job, and I think that that play is a good example of that,” Schwartz said.
Mills has taken an unfair beating from Eagles fans this week. He’s 24 years old. He was a starting cornerback for a Super Bowl champion. He’s a really good player. And he’s going to keep getting better.
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The Eagles already brought in Jordan Matthews for a workout Tuesday and it looks like they’re not done looking at receivers who know this offense.
Now, the Eagles are setting up a workout with Jeremy Maclin, a source close to Maclin told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark.
But the source told Clark the workout might need to be next week because Maclin’s leg is hurting. That might help the Eagles in the coming weeks, but it won’t help them Sunday against the Colts.
Earlier this month, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Maclin has been nursing a hamstring injury.
Maclin, 30, obviously has familiarity with the Eagles’ offense — at least the basics — after his years in Philadelphia and Kansas City. With just three healthy receivers on their roster, the Eagles are clearly in search of a quick fix.
Last season, Maclin played in 12 games (12 starts) for the Ravens. He caught 40 passes for 440 yards and three touchdowns. He spent the previous two years in Kansas City with Andy Reid. He played just 12 games in 2016 too because of a torn groin. He was cut that June.
Maclin’s best NFL seasons came in 2014 and 2015, his last year in Philly and his first year in Kansas City.
In 2014, Maclin caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. That earned him a five-year deal in Kansas City. In his first season there, he caught 87 passes for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns.
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