Foles: ‘I think the greatest year of football I had was St. Louis (2015) because I lost the joy of football’

After the 2015 NFL season, newly signed Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles was pretty much done with football. Foles, who was traded by the Eagles to the Rams after the 2014 season, was ready to walk away from the game after he struggled mightily in St. Louis, but he changed his mind and slowly rebuilt his career.

In 2016, Foles reunited with Andy Reid in Kansas City, the man who drafted Foles in 2012 when Reid was in Philadelphia. Foles would be the backup to Alex Smith in 2016.

Then, in 2017, the Eagles came calling, and Foles would sign a two-year deal to backup Carson Wentz. Unfortunately for Wentz, his season would end after tearing his ACL in Week 14 against the Rams. Foles started the final three games of the 2017 regular season and all three postseason games for the Eagles. He completed 77 of 106 passes (72.6 comp. pct.) for 971 yards and six TDs in the postseason, registering a 100-plus passer rating in all three games. Foles threw for 373 yards and three TDs and added a 1-yard TD reception in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, earning Super Bowl LII MVP honors.

Last season, the Eagles went 4-1 in Foles’ five regular season starts, including three straight victories to conclude the season and earn a spot in the postseason.

Now, Foles is moving on. The 30-year-old quarterback has signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars, and according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the contract is worth $88 million.

As tumultuous as the 2015 season was for Foles, he believes it made him a better person.

“I think through all the ups and downs, I just sort of figured out who I am,” Foles said at a press conference on Thursday. “I think a lot of times, especially in the NFL, you sort of lose your identity or this [football] just becomes who you are and deep down there is something more inside of you than that.

“I think the greatest year of football I had was St. Louis (2015) because I lost the joy of football and I was going to step away. Without that season, I wouldn’t be the player I am today or the person I am. That’s through the trials of life. I have talked about the trials and the ups and downs and it’s all come down to that I’m not afraid to speak on what’s really going on in my life or my heart and how to overcome it.

“I’m not afraid to speak that way with my teammates, so they know. Because the more transparent and real I can be, it’s important. When I step on the field, I want my teammates to know that this is who I am. I’m not this way on the field, and then I leave the stadium, or I leave the facility, and I’m one way. This is who I am as a person. It’s those ups and downs through football and through life that have made me equipped to handle this. Again, this is a new challenge for me. This is something that I look forward to because it is a challenge. It takes faith.”

Foles has a great story. It’s the stuff that makes great movies. In 2019, he will be expected to perform at a high level in Jacksonville, but if what we saw in the past is any indication, Foles will handle the pressure just fine.

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Marcedes Lewis on Jaguars: ‘I think they get (Nick)Foles for a couple of years’

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a lot of struggles at the quarterback position last season. QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent, and he was one of the reasons the Jaguars were 5-11 in 2018. This was after the team made it to the AFC title game in 2017.

At this point, Jacksonville has a decision to make at the quarterback position. Do you bring back Bortles, which seems unlikely, or do you go out and get a quarterback in free agency or the draft.

According to reports, soon-to-be free agent QB Nick Foles, who won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2017, and led them to the playoffs last season, has been connected to the Jaguars, and according to former Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis, who himself will be a free agent after spending last season with the Packers, signing Foles is not a bad move for Jacksonville, but he thinks it will be a short-term deal.

“They get a guy that can distribute the ball,” Lewis told TMZ Sports. “Foles has proved that he can go out there and do his thing. What do you do? Do you bring Foles in for a couple of years and draft a quarterback? That’s the biggest question.

“Do we want to go out and get a quarterback in the draft, or do we sign Foles to a long-term deal? I think they get Foles for a couple of years, pay him whatever it is, 16 a year, 17 a year; draft a quarterback.”

Lewis is a big fan of former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. He thinks signing Foles and drafting Haskins might be the way to go for Jacksonville.

Foles, 30, is an upgrade for the Jaguars, but at times, Foles has been inconsistent. We saw bad Foles during his time with the Rams, and we saw good Foles during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017. Also, with the Jaguars bringing in John DeFilippo as the offensive coordinator, who was Foles’ QB coach in 2017 with the Eagles, it’s only logical to think  Foles to Jacksonville makes sense.

I think signing Foles to a short-term deal and drafting a QB is not a bad idea, especially if Jacksonville, who has the seventh overall pick in the draft, can get their hands on a QB that they like. Unfortunately, if the Jaguars do like Haskins, he might not make it past the Giants, who pick six, but all that will be sorted out soon.

In the meantime, free agency gets started next week, so we’ll see what direction the Jaguars decide to go at the QB position.

Shannon Sharpe thinks the Eagles could have a problem if Foles plays well(VIDEO)

A wise man once said, “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.” However, for the Eagles, they legitimately have two starting quarterbacks. You have the guy who was on his way to being the MVP last season before his injury in Carson Wentz, and they have the Super Bowl MVP in Nick Foles.

Wentz, who is returning after tearing his ACL and LCL last season, has not done any 11-on-11 drills, but that could happen soon, according to the third year quarterback.

“I think there’s been really no secret that it’s going to be close,” Wentz said on Tuesday as transcribed by ESPN. “Seeing where I’m at in camp and finally, hopefully next week, doing 11-on-11, I think naturally it’s going to be close. Ultimately, it won’t be just my call or the coaches’ call. It will come down to what the doctors say, really.”

Foles will start against the Patriots on Thursday night in Foxboro.

According to FS1’s Shannon Sharpe, if Foles starts the season, and gets off to a good start, the Eagles could have some issues.

Here is what Sharpe said on Undisputed today:

This could be an issue for Eagles, but quite frankly, it’s a good problem to have. Whether it’s this year or next year, the Eagles will be Wentz’s team for years to come. Therefore, the Eagles are in a good spot no matter what happens.

Ex-Giant Baker talks issues with 1991 Giants and the possible similarities with 2018 Eagles(VIDEO)

The 1990 New York Giants were an amazing story. Not only were they able to win the Super Bowl that year, but they did it with an unlikely hero. QB Jeff Hostetler replaced an injured Phil Simms, who was lost for the year in Week 15  after breaking his foot. Ultimately, Hostetler would lead the Giants to an improbable victory over the Bills in Super Bowl 25.

However, the 1991 season did not go as smooth. New head coach Ray Handley, who replaced the retired Bill Parcells, had an open competition between Simms and Hostetler. Ultimately, Hosteler would get the job, but it was without controversy.

Former Giants WR Stephen Baker, who played with the team from 1987-1992, recalls what happened in 1991.

“Going into the following season(1991 season), if you remember, it was kind of crazy,” Baker told goforitradio.com. “They were like, ‘A quarterback is not supposed to lose his job to injury.’ But we had a new coach by the name of Ray Handley, who came in and changed everything. He started Hostetler, and we just went with it as a team.”

Eventually, Simms would get the job back after Hostetler went down with a back injury in Week 13. The Giants would finish 8-8, and miss the playoffs in 1991. Handley would return the following season but was fired after the team went 6-10 and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

Fast forward to 2018. The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 with backup QB Nick Foles after Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL in Week 14. Foles was named Super Bowl MVP, but unlike the 1991 Giants, there won’t be a QB competition. If Wentz is healthy, he gets his job back, which according to Baker, could lead to some controversy in Philly.

“To me, it seems like it would divide the locker room a little bit,” Baker said. “He’s the Super Bowl MVP, and your Super Bowl MVP is going to be sitting on the bench.  Carson Wentz is going to be your man, then get rid of Nick Foles, so you don’t have that. Now, you got some controversy. Fans will turn on the Eagles, too, if Wentz comes in and does not have a great game. They gonna be like, ‘Put in our Super Bowl MVP.’ Then, you got a divided locker room, and then you got the Eagles right where I went them: fighting each other so the Giants can get back on top.”

Regarding Foles, Philly did re-work his contract, which gave him a raise and basically will keep him with the team for the 2018 season. Concerning Wentz, there is always the possibility that he could struggle early in the season, which could cause some controversy.

Could the 2018 Eagles season end up like the 1991 Giants? I don’t think so. After the 1990 season, the Giants lost head coach Bill Parcells and defensive coordinator Bill Belichick. Conversely, Philly will bring back most of their coaching staff from 2017. They did lose their offensive coordinator Frank Reich and QB coach John DeFilippo. However, Doug Pederson calls the plays, so those losses may not be that big.

Furthermore, the Eagles still have a lot of young talent on the defensive side of the ball, and they have a budding star in Wentz. The 25-year-old QB could easily have been an MVP last season.  Therefore, Philly has an excellent chance to get back to the Super Bowl, but if injuries happen, and Wentz does not regain that 2017 form, and Foles plays like he did with the Rams; maybe, just maybe, the 2018 Eagles could end up like the 1991 Giants.

Listen to our interview with Baker below:

Ex-Eagle Avant questions whether fans, players will be okay with Foles going back to the bench(Video)

When Eagles QB Carson Wentz went down in Week 14 with a torn ACL against the Rams, the thought was when Wentz is healthy he is the starter in Philadelphia. Then, the impossible happened. Nick Foles stepped in and would eventually help the Eagles win Super Bowl 52 and become Super Bowl MVP.

With all that Foles accomplished last season, if Wentz is healthy Week 1,  Foles goes back to the bench.

Former Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant believes that won’t be a problem for Wentz and Foles; however, Avant thinks others may have an issue with the situation:

“The only thing I think everybody is naive of is that the city won’t be able to handle it great,” Avant recently told goforitradio.com. “The media won’t be able to handle it, and sometimes, people in the locker room may not be able to handle certain things, so I think it’s the people around them that’s going to struggle with it.”

It should be interesting to see what would happen if Wentz has some struggles early in the season. Would the fans turn on him? Would be very interesting to see.

Listen below as Avant talks Foles and Wentz, the Eagles chances of repeating, and his upcoming appearance in the American Flag Football League:

 

 

 

Jason Avant on Foles: ‘He’s the best two-minute QB I’ve ever played with'(Video)

Nick Foles run to Super Bowl 52 was special. The Super Bowl MVP went head-to-head with the great Tom Brady and got it done. While many were surprised by what Foles did in these playoffs, his former teammate Jason Avant was not. In fact, Avant expected Foles to do well.

“Nick always had the ability to get hot,” Avant told goforitradio.com. “He’s the best two-minute quarterback I’ve ever played with,”

High praise from Avant considering he played with such quarterbacks as Donovan McNabb, Cam Newton, and Mike Vick.

Listen below as Avant talks American Ninja Warrior, his new endeavors, and Nick Foles:

 

 

New England Zoo names baby goat ‘Foles’

Super Bowl 52 was a great moment for the champion starved fans of Philly. The Eagles get their first Super Bowl victory, and Philly gets their first professional sports title in 10 years.

None of this would have happened without the greatness of Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles.

Earlier this week, Foles received some more love. You see, the Philadelphia Zoo and Zoo New England made a little wager.

Here were the terms of the bet:

If the Patriots win Super Bowl 52, the Philadelphia Zoo will name their next born goat “Brady.” If the Eagles win, Zoo New England will name their next born goat after the Philadelphia quarterback, “Foles.”

Well, the Eagles won, and that new goat was born, and, of course, he was named “Foles.”

Take a look at the goat:

Brady might be the “GOAT,” but Foles was the “GOAT” on that Sunday in February.

Skins’ DeAngelo Hall: ‘Get rid of Foles; you don’t need him'(WATCH)

One of the biggest questions coming into this offseason is what will the Philadelphia Eagles do with QB Nick Foles.

Foles, 29, who led the Eagles to a win in Super Bowl 52, has one year left on his contract.

The issue for the Eagles is will their starting QB Carson Wentz(ACL) be ready for the start of the season. If he is ready, trading Foles is a no-brainer. If he is not ready, then it becomes complicated.

Washington Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall thinks Philly should move on from Foles.

Here is what Hall told ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday:

Ex-Eagle Hugh Douglas on Foles: ‘I would stay in Philly’

When Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL against the Rams back in Week 14, many experts around the NFL thought it was over for the Eagles.

However, the Eagles had Nick Foles, and he played good in the playoffs against the Falcons, great against the Vikings, and great against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52, which helped the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33.

What’s next for Nick Foles?

According to former Eagles DE Hugh Douglas, Foles should stay in Philly:

“To be truthful, I would stay in Philly because nobody is going to treat you like they treat you in Philadelphia,” Douglas told TMZ Sports. “But if you are looking to get that big pay check, man. Go to a team that’s going to pay you the most money. You have a chance to be a starter if that’s what’s in your heart.”

Douglas did acknowledge that Foles’ value will not be any higher than it is right now:

“Nick Foles should go get paid,” he said. “He’s not going to be any hotter than he is right now. He’s the MVP of the Super Bowl; go get paid.”

If he can, Foles should try to get paid. He does have one year left on his contract with the Eagles, so the team has control of his future for now.

Should be a fun next few months in Philly!

 

 

 

ESPN’s Bill Polian believes the Eagles should ask for a large return for Foles

Eagles QB Nick Foles had an improbable run to the Super Bowl, which ended with Foles leading Philadelphia to a 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.

Now, Foles and the Eagles are in an interesting position. If all goes well with Carson Wentz ‘s recovery (ACL), Foles will go back to his role as Eagles backup QB.

The 29-year-old QB trade value will never be any higher. Foles has one year left on his contract.

In a quarterback-starved league, there is a market for Foles.

If it were up to ESPN NFL analyst Bill Pollan, who built winners in Buffalo and Indianapolis, the Eagles asking price for Foles would be very high.

Pollan said the following on ESPN’s NFL Live:

Foles is good, but he is not Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Wentz. Therefore, the Eagles won’t be getting that much in return for Foles!