The idea was not for Nick Foles to drop back to pass 50 or so times in his starting debut, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Friday. It just worked out that way, after the Birds fell behind early and had to go to a 2-minute offensive approach, Mornhinweg said.
"We struggled to get anything going at all" in the 31-6 loss, Mornhinweg said, as the Birds prepared to take another shot at breaking a now-six-game losing streak, at the Linc Monday night against the Panthers.
Foles, who will start again Monday with Michael Vick still sidelined by a concussion, threw third-down interceptions on his first two series, distorting the rest of the game. "I've got to do better. Third and longs with a rookie quarterback, you're always susceptible to those types of things," Mornhinweg said.
Mornhinweg said Foles "learned an awful lot ... And I will say I'm excited about this ballgame coming up. because not always, but normally, that second start for a rookie quarterback is usually a little bit better ... We've got to help him. I've gotta help him, the line's gotta help him, the receivers gotta help him. We dropped a host of balls (against Washington). We've got to cumulatively get to the next level so Nick can have success."