The Legend of Nick Foles, and What’s Next

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The Eagles announced that there will be no quarterback controversy in Philly, as Nick Foles will be gone this offseason. Foles is set to become a free agent in March, but he most likely will be franchise tagged, paying him $25M for 1 season. He will surely be traded, but the benefit to this is the Eagles can try to get an asset back for the star instead of a compensatory draft pick a year from now.

Foles’ career to this point has been almost magical, as two seasons ago he decided against retirement to return to the team that drafted him back in 2012. Instead of starting Foles, Carson Wentz will get his job back, after his last two seasons ended with injury. This is the path Foles took to become the most wanted player of the 2019 offseason.

2007- Foles transfers to Arizona from Michigan St

Foles was a freshman competing with future NFL starters Kirk Cousins and Brian Hoyer. He only played one game, against Alabama Birmingham. It wasn’t the right fit and he ultimately decided to transfer to the University of Arizona. He was a redshirt in 2008, before starting at Arizona from 2009-2011.

Foles was a beast at Arizona, setting school records for most all-time passing yards (10,011) most all-time touchdowns (67) and most passing yards and touchdowns in a single season. (2011) During his senior year in 2011, Foles had 4,334 yards and 28 touchdowns.

May 21, 2012 – Eagles sign Foles to 4-year rookie contract

Foles was part of a 3-way quarterback race, between him, Mike Vick, and Matt Barkley. Vick would start most of the season, but he was very injury prone and his time as the starter ended after a concussion vs Dallas. This set up the Nick Foles era. He didn’t get his first win until December 9. In a game at Tampa Bay, he hit Jeremy Maclin for a game-winning touchdown as time expired. The Eagles won 23-21, and Foles finished with 381 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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November 3, 2013 – Foles throws for 7 touchdowns

In his 3rd start of the season, Foles had one of the best QB performances of all time. In a 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. He threw for 7 touchdowns and recorded a perfect 158.3 passer rating. The Eagles were 3-5 at the time, but finished the season 10-6 and won the NFC East. Foles started the rest of the year and was named a Pro Bowler. The Eagles played the Saints in the playoffs but lost 26-24.  He finished the year with a 27-2 touchdown to interception ratio, the best of all time. Foles is so good that in the Pro Bowl he won the Offensive MVP Award. Tom Brady has been selected to 14 Pro Bowls, but even he hasn’t won the MVP.

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March 10, 2015 –  Foles is traded for Sam Bradford

In the 2014 season, Foles had led the Eagles to a 6-2 record before he broke his collarbone and missed the rest of the season. Philadelphia moved on from Foles, and traded him, a 2nd round pick, and A 4th round pick for injury-prone Sam Bradford. It was a very confusing decision by Philly, but Foles’ only had one year remaining on his contract and they didn’t want to pay him. St Louis rewarded Foles with a 2 year $24.5M contract extension, but he played much worse on the Rams. He was benched twice in favor of Case Keenum, and he threw a career-high four interceptions in a loss to the Packers. Later in the season, Keenum was injured with a concussion, giving Foles another chance. He went 0-2 and threw 4 interceptions vs the Bengals and the Cardinals. After the Rams traded up and drafted QB Jared Goff 1st overall, Nick Foles was released.

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August 3, 2016 – Foles signs with the Chiefs

Needing a backup for Alex Smith, the Chiefs gave Nick Foles a one year contract with a team option for the second year. It didn’t hurt that the coach was Andy Reid, the man that drafted Nick Foles 4 years earlier. In a week 8 game at the Colts, Alex Smith left with a concussion. Foles threw for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns in a win. He started against Jacksonville the next week, winning 19-14. Smith came back the next week, and Foles didn’t get another chance in Kansas City.

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March 9, 2017 – Chiefs let Foles walk

The Chiefs declined Nick Foles’ option, meaning he would be playing for his 3rd team in as many years. In an interview months later Foles said “After my time with a certain NFL team, I wanted to retire. This was a year ago. I wanted to retire from the NFL, and I really struggled. I couldn’t pick up a football for about eight months. I had no love for the game, and it was tough.”

March 13, 2017 – Foles signs with the Eagles

The savior had returned to the only franchise he was successful with, this time on a two-year contract to be the backup to Carson Wentz.

December 10, 2017 – Wentz tears his ACL

Carson Wentz was a lock to win the MVP this season. Through 13 games he had thrown for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns, and he had set the Eagles up with the #1 seed in the NFC Playoffs. In a high scoring game against the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz tore his ACL trying to get in the end zone. Foles managed the rest of the game, and Philly won 43-35, clinching the NFC East for the first time since Foles was the starter in 2014. The very next week, Foles threw for 237 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 34-29 win against the Giants.

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January 21, 2018 – Foles leads the Eagles to the Super Bowl

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The Eagles were 3 point underdogs coming off their first playoff win in 9 years. Minnesota was coming off the Minnesota Miracle vs the Saints, and they were trying to become the first team to ever play in a Super Bowl that their city hosted. Instead, Nick Foles dominated the #1 ranked Vikings defense for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was the Eagles first Super Bowl since 2004, against the Patriots.

February 4, 2018 – Foles brings Philly their first Lombardi

In one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever, Nick Foles was unstoppable. The Patriots defense had no answer for the Eagles, as Foles threw for nearly 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. The highlight of the game was his receiving touchdown at the end of the half. He became the first QB to ever catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl, and he earned Philadelphia’s love forever. Just months after never wanting to see a football again, Foles was the hero on the biggest stage.

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December 16, 2018 – Foles returns

Carson Wentz had returned from his torn ACL, but now was out with a back injury, and the Eagles needed to win their next 3 games and get help in order to make the playoffs. Philly just plays so much better under Foles. It was where the Nick Foles Era Part 2 started, away against the top-seeded Rams. The Eagles won as 14 point underdogs. The next week vs Houston, the Eagles were down 1 point with one minute left. Jadeveon Clowney rocked Foles, knocking him out of the game. He returned from the dead after one play, slicing through the defense and getting Jake Elliot into field goal range. Foles finished with a franchise record 471 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win. What a legend.

In Chicago, the Eagles had 4th & Goal at the 1-yard line. Foles calmly rolled out and hit Golden Tate for the go-ahead touchdown. What happened next is part of the Nick Foles magic.

The luck eventually ran out after blowing a 14 point lead at the Saints. Nick Foles was ready to lead a game-winning drive before Alshon Jeffery choked. It was sad to see Nick Foles’ time as an Eagle end like this. If Jeffery caught it, they probably would’ve beat the Rams again. If the Eagles made the Super Bowl, it would’ve been more exciting.

So, where should Foles go next?

I think the best fit would be the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB is a huge need for them, and Jacksonville recently brought in John DeFilippo to be their new Offensive Coordinator. DeFilippo was the Offensive Coordinator for the Eagles when they won their ring with Nick Foles, so there’s already a connection in place. The Jaguars were a QB away from making the Super Bowl two seasons ago, so they need to go for Foles. They can also get rid of a head case in Ramsey and spend their money on running backs and receivers. It makes sense for the Eagles because they are trading Foles out of the conference and they could look to get back a player like Jalen Ramsey. The secondary was a huge problem for them this season (mainly due to injuries) but having a talent like Ramsey would certainly help.

Ideal trade: Nick Foles for Jalen Ramsey and a 5th round pick.

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