Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles were seemingly out of playoffs contention when starting QB Carson Wentz went out with a back injury, but just like Nick Foles did in 2017, when he came off the bench to lead the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl 52, Foles was able to come off the bench and lead the Eagles to the playoffs, which included a win over the Bears in the wild card round.
Fast forward to 2019. Foles, who is now with the Jaguars after signing a four-year, $88 million contract in the offseason, will return as the starting QB for Jacksonville after breaking his collarbone in Week 1 when the Jaguars travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts.
Foles is a very religious man, and it is his faith, according to Jaguars OC John DeFilippo, that fuels Foles’ confidence.
“I don’t want to speak for Nick, [but] I think his faith gives him tremendous ease,” Jaguars OC John DeFilippo said on Thursday. “And me being around him, that’s very genuine. I think his faith gives him a lot of confidence in himself, confidence in the system. And the fact that he believes that he’s going to go out there and do well.”
During his time in Philadelphia, Foles’ teammates lauded him for his leadership ability, and according to DeFilippo, who was Foles’ QB coach in Philadelphia in 2017, players are drawn to Foles.
“I think Nick is, because of the topics you guys have asked earlier – the leadership style, people gravitating towards him – I think he has a tremendous amount of belief in his teammates,” DeFilippo said. “And so, I think when you have a firm belief in yourself and a firm in your teammates, I think you have a chance to go out there and play well. And the other thing that Nick does a fantastic job of is he is in the moment all the time. When you talk to guys about taking it one play at a time, he literally takes it one play at a time. And I talk about short-term memory in here a lot; he defines short-term memory. If he goes out and has a bad play on Sunday, we’re going to move on and get better from there.”
Jacksonville paid Foles for times like this, and hopefully, for the Jaguars, he can deliver.