It looks like its going to happen exactly like I suspected. The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to sign former Eagles Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles to a multi-year contract. According to Philly.com, the Jags will sign Foles next week and release veteran quarterback Blake Bortles.
This deal makes sense because Jacksonville has a football team that’s ready to win right now. They have an outstanding defense which had an off year in 2018, but still finished the season amongst the top five scoring and yardage given up defenses in the league. They have veterans on the team, who are at the prime of their career and so this team wants a seasoned quarterback, who is ready to win right now.
The Jags offensive coordinator is John DeFilippo, who was the Eagles quarterback coach when Foles led them to the Super Bowl title. DeFilippo, who spent one year in Minnesota with the Vikings as their offensive coordinator before signing with Jacksonville, knows what Foles does best. He should be able to put together game plans, which will allow the veteran quarterback to get the ball out of his hands. We all know that Foles isn’t going to run away from anybody and create plays with his legs. He performs best when he can drop back, read the defense and let the ball go.
Foles always talks about how he sees himself as a point guard in basketball, who is distributing the ball to the playmakers. The former University of Arizona signal caller has no problem taking the short throw, by tossing the football to running backs on check downs. He knows how to get into a rhythm early in the game by taking the check downs then as he starts to feel it, he will take shots downfield to the wide receivers for big plays.
Foles needs to have a solid running game along with quality wide receivers and tight ends to succeed. He’s not the kind of quarterback, you can ask to throw the ball 50 times. Jacksonville will need to improve their offensive line, get solid play from their running backs and receivers for Foles to succeed. His offensive teammates don’t need to be spectacular, just dependable, which means they catch the football when it’s thrown to them and they avoid fumbles by tucking the ball away.
Nick has shown that he performs best in big games against the best competition. We saw it on the Super Bowl LII and we saw it this past season, when Foles led the Eagles to a victory over a favored Chicago Bears team, that had what many believed was the best defense in the league. Foles took the Eagles on a long touchdown drive in the last seconds.
Time is up for Bortles. He has struggled through his time with the Jags and he came so close to leading them to the Super Bowl LII, when Jacksonville had a ten-point lead on the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter. The young quarterback contributed to blowing that lead and he had a horrible year in the 2018-19 campaign when the Jags fell to a 5-11 record.
So there you have it. Nest week, Foles will become a Jacksonville Jaguar and who knows maybe he faces the Eagles in next season’s Super Bowl.