In September, someone (possibly with the Eagles) was putting out the word that the Eagles nearly traded for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prior to the 2012 draft, and that the Eagles otherwise wanted to pick Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Philly instead settled for Nick Foles in the third round.
Now that Nick Foles has become Nick Freaking Foles, you’ll hear no chatter about what might have been in Philly. Instead, the current buzz centers on the front office’s foresight.
That’s the gist of the latest item from Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, with extensive quotes from G.M. Howie Roseman: The Eagles saw in Foles that which no one else did.
Fine. So why did they nearly trade for Kaepernick? And why did they covet Wilson? And why did someone (possibly with the Eagles) leak that in September?
The competing, albeit chronologically separate, quarterback narratives hint at a certain amount of insecurity in the organization, especially as it relates to the selection of players before the arrival of coach Chip Kelly. While the Eagles successfully concealed for months the post-Andy Reid power structure, word eventually emerged that Kelly negotiated final say over personnel as part of his deal.
As a result, Roseman sets the table for Kelly. And Roseman needs Kelly to regard Roseman as a competent table setter. Otherwise, Kelly eventually could have the power to hire his own guy to set the table.
In September, the message is that Roseman wanted Kaepernick or Wilson over Foles. Now, the message is that Roseman wanted Foles.
Meanwhile, Kelly is the guy who picked Mike Vick over Nick Foles prior to Week One. Based on Foles’ performance, that could be the strangest decision of them all.