Jaguars confident Nick Foles won’t suffer typical free-agent QB struggles
More often than not when a high-profile quarterback signs with a new team in free agency, things do not go as well as envisioned. While there are certainly exceptions to the rule (i.e., Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Drew Brees), free-agent quarterbacks routinely struggle after making such a move.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, despite the long history of quarterbacks failing to live up to the hype in such instances, have full faith that Nick Foles won’t suffer the same fate.
“What we truly believe is that this quarterback, this young man, gives us the best chance to win,” Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin said of Foles, via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.
Foles, after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl LII victory while filling in for the injured Carson Wentz, signed a four-year contract worth $88 million, including $50.125 million guaranteed, in March.
The bar arguably has been set low for Foles given the Jaguars spent the past five seasons dealing with the inconsistent Blake Bortles atop the QB depth chart. That said, it’s Foles’ makeup and inspirational story that makes him so appealing to Coughlin.
“You think through each year, how things happened to him, how he progressed, but it is very difficult not to recognize under what circumstances he came into play in both [the past two] seasons and how he responded,” Coughlin said. “In order to be able to do that, you have to be on your game because you never know as backup quarterback when you are going to get your chance. When the opportunity came, obviously his teammates believed in him. They didn’t skip a beat. They just kept playing and playing and did some amazing things and the same thing happened [last] year.”
The Jaguars boast a top-notch defense and a franchise-caliber running back in Leonard Fournette. Foles is expected to take the team to the next level.
What’s more, it’s clear the Jaguars are fully confident that Foles won’t become the next Brock Osweiler, whose four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans is perhaps the worst free-agent quarterback misfires in NFL history.