Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he doesn’t worry about how Nick Foles will handle the national attention that he and the team are receiving this week now that they have won five games in a row to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The latest example was Foles appearing on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, which came out Wednesday. When asked how Foles is handling it, Kelly responded: “I don’t worry about Nick from any aspect like that. He’s a team guy and understands that our focus is on the Vikings.” Foles, meanwhile, said his mother will most likely keep a copy of the magazine, which shows him throwing a pass in the snow during the Eagles’ 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. “It was cool,” he said about seeing the cover. “It was neat to see our team winning. It’s because our team is having success. We can’t be complacent with it. We have to continue to work hard and success will follow. “I know a lot of the family is proud. A lot of people back home (in Texas) and all of Philadelphia is proud of the team for what we’ve been doing. We just have to keep doing it.” Kelly was asked about the infamous SI cover jinx, where people or teams who are on the cover often suffer a defeat. That happened to last week’s cover subject, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes lost their next game and their chance to play in the national championship game. “I don’t believe in it,” Kelly said. “No, I’m not (buying the jinx theory),” Foles said. “The most important thing is what’s in this locker room. I’m not going to put (the magazine) all over the house, look at it and think I’ve arrived. I know that I have a lot of flaws and a lot of work to do.” Then he left to go lift weights.
Foles not worried about SI cover jinx
Courier-Post | Dec 12