The Eagles’ flirtation with Nick Foles is crazy
Nick Foles agreed to a two-year deal to reunite with Frank Reich on Monday, this time in Indianapolis, but not before the Eagles tried to snare their former Super Bowl hero for the third inning in the city of brotherly love. .
That’s how it went, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
From a pure football perspective, it’s hard to criticize a team bringing in the 33-year-old Foles as a substitute, as the veteran has proven to be a terrific closer and someone who can get a hot hand. à la Vinnie Johnson in the greatest moment.
And for most NFL teams like the Colts, there would be no criticism from this reporter for wanting a steady hand like Foles behind the glass in an emergency.
In Philadelphia, however, where there’s a small portion of the fan base that treats Foles as some kind of deity for delivering the only Super Bowl championship in franchise history, that’s a terrible miscalculation. likewise think about putting this kind of spectrum over the shoulder. of an ever-evolving young quarterback like Jalen Hurts.
And it has nothing to do with Hurts’ mental toughness, as the belief here is that the third-year flagger would be in no way threatened by Foles’ presence.
The organization, however, should know better than anyone what would happen the minute Hurts struggles and it’s an unnecessary distraction for starting QB and head coach Nick Sirianni.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the Eagles have considered bringing Foles back for a third time.
After the Bears signed Andy Dalton in free agency last year and then drafted Justin Fields in the first round, Chicago wanted to leave Foles and Philadelphia called, according to an NFL source. It was Foles himself who didn’t want to return to the Eagles and turned down a potential trade, perhaps having a better understanding of his own effect on City.
As for the Eagles’ part in all of this, it’s bizarre. Howie Roseman is not Bob from the Northeast on the front row.
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Roseman got a lot of credit for his offseason and maybe the GM veteran is feeling a bit, thinking about trading the strong backup (Gardner Minshew) he has to earn even more future draft capital already while bringing back a legend from the franchise that would be an even better tutor for Hurts.
Fowler noted that the Eagles “had a trade interest in Gardner Minshew, they discussed Nick Foles but ultimately decided to stick with their quarterback room, including Minshew and the draft pick. [actually undrafted free agent] Carson Strong.
Even thought is bananas, however.
The Eagles entered the offseason with a plan.
If they could have a real superstar [Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson] they would go that direction to level up from Hurts, but the organization valued its hard-working starter enough to never even consider lateral or maybe nominal upgrades like Jimmy Garoppolo or Baker Mayfield.
Heck, the Eagles didn’t even budge when it became apparent that Kyler Murray was pushing things in Arizona.
And that discipline was going to be blasted for an aging, limited player who will mistakenly think a large portion of the fanbase is better than Hurts and being treated unfairly by sitting behind him?
Roseman prides himself on doing his due diligence on nearly every player who is or might become available, but Foles should have been the exception to that rule.
The reality is that the report was exaggerated because the timing was not right for a deal with Minshew.
If not, maybe Foles really is what some Philadelphia fans think he is because that would mean that for the second time in two years, St. Nick has saved the Eagles from themselves.
-John McMullen contributes Eagles coverage for SI.com’s Eagles Today and is the NFL Insider for JAKIB Media. You can listen to John, alongside legendary sports chat host Jody McDonald every morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on “Birds 365,” streaming live on YouTube. John is also the host of his own show ‘Extending the Play’ on AM1490 in South Jersey. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @JFMcMullen