Thursday, January 21, 2021

Foles Profile: The New #1 in Chicago?

Foles has a Super Bowl Ring, Can He Add To It?

Nick Foles is now a Chicago Bear.

We take a look back at his career so far.

College Career – Some Nice Stats

He started in Michigan State, before transferring to the University of Arizona.

He put up some excellent stats during his time there, consistently achieving quarter back ratings of over 120, and for his last two seasons 140.9 and 145.6, amassing 20 and 28 touchdowns from 3191 and 4334 yards respectively.

Drafted by the Eagles

Foles was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round with the 88th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He eventually replaced Michael Vick in the starting role and started the last 6 games, amassing 1699 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The 2013 season was a mixed one. Chip Kelly (remember him Eagles fans?) declared that it was a battle between Foles and Michael Vick for the starting job, which ultimately Vick won for the start of the season.

This was not to last for long. Vick got injured during week 5 and though he tried to come back, Foles ended up replacing him and threw for 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, with many games with an above 100 passer rating, including a 54-11 annihilation of the Bears during that season.

The 2014 season was another mixture. Foles played very well until he broke his collar bone in a game against the Texans which saw him placed on Injured Reserve.

The next season saw Foles traded to the Rams. This was truly a year to forget, being benched twice for Case Keenum. When the Rams drafted Jared Goff, Foles requested and was granted a trade away from the Rams.

The next year was spent with the Kansas City Chiefs, Foles only played a couple of times when Alex Smith was injured with a concussion, but did well in both games.

Eagles Signing: a Masterstroke

In March 2017, Foles signed a two year contract to return to the Eagles to back up Carson Wentz. Little did he know what was to come!

There was this thing:

The small matter of a Super Bowl ring, a Super Bowl MVP and a nice caught pass for a TD. That’s a season to remember, no matter what else happens in your career.

During week 14, he came in to replace Wentz who had an ACL injury, and led his team to superbowl glory. Probably the best ever back up QB there ever was of the modern era!

The Jags Jack It

On February 5, 2019, the Eagles announced that they would pick up the $20 million option on Foles’ contract. The same day, Foles informed the Eagles that he would in fact exercise his option of paying the Eagles $2 million to void their option, becoming a free agent.

On March 13, 2019, Foles signed a four-year contract worth $88 million with the Jaguars.

However, the curse of Nick would strike again. Injured in week one, and replaced by Gardner Minshew, Foles would finish the 2019 season with only four starts in four games, throwing for three touchdowns and two interceptions. That was poor form combined with sheer unluckiness by any standards, and goes to show that even Super Bowl MVPs can have incredible bad luck.

Foles Joins The Bears

Nick Foles was traded to the Bears for a compensatory fourth round pick on March 31, 2020.

Time will tell if this was a master stroke, or the last desperate throw of the dice.

Nobody is sure whether he’ll end up being the starter, or merely an afterthought.

It’s worth watching the highlights from the 2017 season, that’s what we’d like to see:

It’s difficult to know exactly how this will play out. It looks as if it’ll be another competition in training camp. The background doesn’t look good for Foles, he’s never won out of one of these situations!

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