It’s safe to say that no one had penciled in Nick Foles as one of Super Bowl starting quarterbacks prior to the season. Even after he took over for the injured Carson Wentz, the Eagles aspirations to reach the Super Bowl seemed slim. Now, after two “upset” victories, Foles future looks quite promising, although he says that is the last thing on his mind leading up to Sunday.
“I’m grateful to be here, to be part of this organization,” Foles said on Tuesday. “I can’t wait to play the game. After the game, that’s where you have time to sort of reflect on the year, and that’s what we’ll do. I’ll spend time with my family and use that family time. The future will take care of itself.”
Originally a third-round pick of the Eagles in 2012, Foles burst onto the scene in 2013. Foles appeared in 13 games, starting 10 for the Chip Kelly led Eagles. He led the team to an 8-2 record, throwing 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions. A remarkable TD-to-INT ratio that was only topped by Tom Brady’s 28-2 ratio in 2016. He went on to start just eight games for the Eagles in 2014, throwing 10 interceptions in that span. The following season, he stumbled to a 4-7 record under Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams. Once again, he threw 10 interceptions. A far cry from his 27:2 season in 2013.
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The Rams cut Foles prior to the start of the 2016 season and he eventually latched on with Andy Reid and the Chiefs. He appeared in just three games the entire year and looked as though his career was winding down. Then, Doug Pederson and the Eagles called about a backup role to second-year quarterback, Carson Wentz.
Win or lose, Foles will not take the starting role from Wentz. Prior to his season-ending injury in Week 14, Wentz was right in the thick of the MVP race and he looks like the real deal in just his second season. However, this run for Foles will present him with a number of different opportunities for next season.
Currently, Foles is under contract through 2018. Therefore, the Eagles would have to trade Foles. Something that they would surely do if Foles is interested in that. He alluded to the idea that he may be interested in returning as the backup.
“I’m grateful to have signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles and be here,” said Wentz. “I’m excited to watch Carson get healthy and get back on his feet and hopefully being part of him getting back to where he was.”
Foles will likely have many suitors as there is always a shortage of quality quarterbacks. If Kirk Cousins leaves Washington, Foles could make the jump to the division rival Redskins. Teams like the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals could also get into the mix.
Before any of that happens, Foles has one more game THIS season. It just so happens to be the Super Bowl with a chance to knock off the defending champion, Patriots. When stacking up resumes with his Patriots counterpart, they are not even in the same realm. However, Foles performance on Sunday could go a long way in determining his future in the NFL and with the Eagles.