After last season’s debacle in Jacksonville, it became pretty evident that the Jaguars needed more talent at the quarterback position, so they went out and got a guy who has proven to be a winner in Nick Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jaguars back in March.
In two seasons with the Eagles, Foles led Philly to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history, he rescued the team last season and got them to the playoffs, and according to Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith, who played with Foles in Philly in 2017, Foles is one of the best leaders he has ever been around.
On Thursday as the Jaguars go through OTAs, Foles gave us a little insight about his leadership style.
‘Even if you come in here and you are the so-called starter, you still have to earn the guys’ trust,” Foles said. “That starts with being here, getting to know them, working with them and going in on this practice field and in the weight room, in the meeting rooms day in and day out and getting to know where you can build that love and that brotherhood in there. It’s the same no matter what. It was the same when I went into Kansas City as a backup; it was the same when I came here as a starter. It is just getting to know my teammates, build those relationships so we can go out there, and it’s a brotherhood.”
Obviously, leadership won’t mean anything if Foles does not play well. However, it might not take much for Foles to be better than what Blake Bortles was for the Jaguars last season. Leadership matters and having a great leader like Foles should pay dividends for Jacksonville in 2019.