The Nick Foles Career Revival Story Is A Must-Read For Philly Fans
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is living the dream. Sunday’s 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings is only the most recent event in Foles career revival story. Foles has the Eagles in prime position to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl ever. Just four years ago Foles was fresh off guiding Philly to an NFC East division crown and an individual Pro Bowl reason. The Eagles looked like they had found their answer at quarterback. Things quickly changed for Foles after suffering a broken collarbone against the Houston Texans that led to the climax of his 2013-2014 campaign.
The Eagles proceeded to trade Foles to the former St. Louis Rams. Foles was brought to St. Louis because the Rams thought he could be the answer at quarterback for them. But by mid-season, that theory was proven to be wrong. The Rams released Foles after the conclusion of the season. Foles strongly considered retirement before Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid tied him to a one-year deal worth 1.75 million with a second-year option. The Nick Foles career revival was officially underway, and Eagles fans have Reid to thank for.
The Jeff Fisher Effect Is A Real Phenomenon
Nick Foles was brought in by former Rams head coach Jeff Fisher to be the starting quarterback. In St. Louis, however, things didn’t go as planned. Foles led the Rams to a 4-3 start including a win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 of the 2015-2016 season. The Rams would go on to lose their next five games. Foles was benched in favor of quarterback Case Keenum in Week 11. This decision essentially signaled Foles’s tenure with the Rams. While in St. Louis, Foles produced the lowest passer rating of his career (69.0).
A Fresh Start With The Chiefs Helped Foles Rediscover His Love For The Game
Foles signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2016 offseason. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion against the Indianapolis Colts, and Foles had to come in early in the third quarter to finish the game. Foles completed 16 out of 22 attempted passes for 233 passing yards and two touchdowns leading the Chiefs to a 30-14 win. He would then start the following week versus the Jacksonville Jaguars throwing for 187 yards and a single touchdown pass. Foles rediscovered his love for the game of football back with Andy Reid. After his tenure with the Chiefs, Foles was bound for a second chance with the Eagles.
The Return Of Nick Foles Didn’t Feel Significant In The Offseason
On March 13, 2017, Nick Foles signed a two-year deal with the Eagles. At this moment no Eagles fan knew just how important of a role Foles would play in the regular season or postseason. Foles learned about the passion that Philadelphia fans had for their Eagles and what it takes for a quarterback to be successful here. He learned in his first tenure with the team that winning is all that matters in Philadelphia. The last quarterback to start a playoff game for the Eagles was Nick Foles against the New Orleans in the 2013-2014 postseason. His first playoff start ended up in a loss for the Eagles, but Foles finished with a 69.7% completion rate, two touchdown passes, and no interceptions.
Foles Continues To Prove That He Can Perform Under The Right Circumstances
The Eagles managed to squeak out a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Foles didn’t do anything flashy in the game, but he protected the football. He also led the Eagles to three drives that resulted in three field goals from kicker Jake Elliott. In fact, the most prominent accomplishment of Foles’ career came against the Minnesota Vikings just last weekend. Going up against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdown passes. Foles owns the highest passer rating this postseason, which proves how clinical he’s been in these past two games. In three career postseason games, Foles has completed 75% of his passes, thrown for five touchdowns and has not committed a single turnover.
St. Nick Can Indeed Achieve Immortal Status In Philly With A Vince Lombardi Trophy
In a week, Nick Foles will try to become the first backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl since New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2001. While the biggest game of his career awaits, Foles knows what’s at stake and what it means if he can deliver the greatest victory of his career and franchise history. Therefore, a victory in Super Bowl LII would complete Foles career revival and achieve immortal status in Philadelphia sports history.
“Article originally posted on Tha Sports Junkies 101.”
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