Doug Pederson “can’t thank” Nick Foles enough

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Quarterback Nick Foles said what sounded like goodbye to the Eagles and Philadelphia after Sunday’s loss to the Saints as he said both “will always have a special place in my heart.”

While nothing will be official until all of the contractual levers have been pulled, head coach Doug Pederson also sounded like he was saying farewell to Foles when asked about the quarterback on WIP Monday.

“I can’t say enough good things about Nick,” Pederson said. “For him to come here and be the backup behind Carson [Wentz] and then to do the things he’s done the last two years, like I said I can’t thank him enough. He’s a pro’s pro. He’s a great human being, great leader in the locker room. He’ll always be remembered in Philadelphia for bringing a Super Bowl to this city. So, a lot of great things for him and we’ve got these next few weeks, few months to make some tough decisions, but we’ll make them at that point.”

The Eagles have a $20 million option on Foles’ contract for 2019 that Foles can buy out for $2 million if the team exercises it. Foles said Monday that “everything is open” and that having the option to be a free agent is “important” to him, although the Eagles could still use a franchise tag if they want a chance to trade Foles for a bigger return than a compensatory draft pick.

37 responses to “Doug Pederson “can’t thank” Nick Foles enough

  1. The rest of the NFL will take it if they dump Foles. The team looked like they lacked any real fire under Wentz. It all changed 180 when Foles. Break up the band – what a strange situation this turned out to be.

  2. $12M over cap currently
    $20M option in that cap number
    $25M to franchise
    $2m buy out (not sure how that affects cap)

    $17M ($15?) over cap if they keep Foles around with the franchise tag

  3. Pederson, you were lucky last year with your 4th place schedule, just get comfortable and watch the Big Game/

  4. It is pretty obvious that Nick Foles will not be on the Eagles next season. It breaks my heart and all loyal Eagles fans’ hearts but it is the time to decide between Foles and Wentz and the Eagles have never wavered from the sounds of what Coach Pederson said. They’re going with Wentz.

    Now they should do the right thing and let Foles pursue free agency. He’s earned that right and I hope the Eagles do right by him.

    And, hopefully Foles signs with an AFC team like the Jaguars, (most logical choice), or the Dolphins.

  5. What is Philly considering? They have a guy who hasn’t been able to stay healthy enough to finish the last two seasons. Then they have a super bowl MVP, and guy who rescued their season and was one drive away from playing in the NFC championship game. Seems to me CW needs to be the one on the block.

  6. Keeping Wentz and letting Foles go is indicative of an organization who’s only won 1 Title…when your organization makes bone headed decisions like that…it may take another 50+ years before they win another…

  7. Foles would be crazy to take the 20 mil option and bypass free agency. If he pays the 2mil to void the option, can Phila. tag him?

  8. @illgivemyopinion..which is worthless. Eagles beat the Pats in the SB and people like you just don’t get it. And, they nearly beat the Saints who were heavy favorites. Give credit where credit is do and post intelligently.

  9. It’s hard to argue that Foles is the more reliable QB and certainly plays better under pressure. I see the Eagles letting Foles go and seriously regretting that choice in the coming years.

    As a Giants fan, it’s been hard to not root for Foles over the past couple years, despite hating the Eagles team. Foles just seems like a great guy and he reminds me of clutch Eli in those two Super Bowl runs.

  10. Anyone saying trade Wentz and keep Foles has never watched the 2017 season prior to Wentz going down. The dude was unstoppable and rushed quickly to get back for 2018. Coming back week 3 was probably a mistake on the Eagles part. They should have waited until week 6 or so probably. Playing on one leg won’t help eliminate a back injury. When both are healthy, its no question Wentz is the better QB and decision maker. Eagles need to let Foles walk, stack OL depth and DL depth and get a shut down corner that won’t bite on double moves, every. single. time. Wentz will heal up over the off-season and the Eagles will be fine. See ya in the playoffs next year.

  11. The whole team seemed to rally around Foles…not just the offense but the D also. Folks have to remember Wentz is a young pup and Foles finally grew into being a starting caliber QB after he bounced around the league for 5 or 6 years. Wentz will get there..I’m positive. In the meantime THANK YOU Foles for being a true Philadelphia HERO!!! Where ever you go,come back home to the city of brotherly love!

  12. The team adores Foles. But this narrative that the team “rallied” around Foles is a false. The O-line (Johnson, and Peters mainly) got healthy and went from getting pushed around to dominating. The secondary – castoffs and rookies who were thrust into action sooner than they were ready- went from being picked on to playing really well.

    Wentz should take some things away from watching Foles play. Most importantly to get the ball out quicker, to spread the ball around more, and trust your receivers to make plays. But taking into account the talent level and the price, the decision to keep Wentz is a no brainer.

  13. No disrespect to Foles but the Eagles gave him a platform to cash in on a contract with some other team that will be beyond his wildest dreams. Foles should be thanking them.

  14. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    January 14, 2019 at 12:57 pm
    Keeping Wentz and letting Foles go is indicative of an organization who’s only won 1 Title…when your organization makes bone headed decisions like that…it may take another 50+ years before they win another…
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    Exactly right .. when Foles won the Superbowl the win wasn’t “in spite of Foles”, the win was “BECAUSE of Foles” .. that is why he was SB MVP .. so to jettison that guy for a guy that cannot stay healthy .. common man .. what????

  15. With Wentz’ bad back I’d see how many first round picks they can get for him and keep Foles. Wentz probably won’t ever make a full season.

  16. Foles grew up in Texas, raised by his self-made multimillionaire parents like Johnny Footnote.

    However, Foles’ parents raised him and his sister to work hard, earn everything they want, volunteer their time and wealth, and greatly appreciate their fortune as well as their talents.

    In the years-ago interview he repeatedly praised his parents, saying the work ethic they instilled and example they set as he grew up is the primary component of his success.

  17. Announcing that you’ll be getting rid of Super Bowl winning QBs for guys that can’t throw from the pocket is really in this year. See Foles, Nick and Flacco, Joe

  18. gmen05, for now you can root for Foles to have a career day while your Giants win the game. Wherever he lands next season you can root for him to win any time he isn’t playing your Giants or affecting your playoff seeding.

    It’s good for football to have players on other teams you root for and admire; it helps preserve our love for the strategy and complexity of the game and not just fixate on stats and box scores.

  19. People who claim some people have an easier path due to a “4th place schedule” have no idea how NFL scheduling works. Fourteen out of sixteen games are the exact same as the rest of your division regardless of where you placed the prior season. Always. The other two games you’re playing teams that finished the same place you did, whether 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. It’s incredibly simple and yet some people still don’t seem to know this.

  20. Foles will always be “the man” at Arizona and Philly. Chip Kelly told everyone how good Nick Foles is after coaching against him at Oregon. Then the great Kelly traded Nick in favor of Sam Bradford. Hahahaha.

  21. I love Nick Foles! I am so proud of this Eagles team! The way their season was over, all of the injuries (13 on injured reserve alone!), a 0.6 chance to get into the playoffs, a back up quarterback, AND THEY STILL GOT IN! Then they beat the Bears! They gave the Saints a heckuva run, but it wasn’t good enough. The bumps and bruises getting this far had taken their toll. The Saints, with the bye week, simply looked fresher, especially in the 2nd half.

    There is no quarterback controversy. Wentz is the future, as he should be. He may have to adjust his style and get the ball out faster, and attack more backside man coverage like Foles did off his pre-snap reads. Wentz takes more time to go through his progressions. But if you remember, the Eagles were having fun winning with Wentz before he got hurt. Remember the end zone celebrations? But they need a big stud running back.

    Staying under the cap, and paying Wentz is going to make for an interesting and challenging off-season, and some tough decisions.

  22. SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Wentz: 0 postseason wins

    Foles: 4 postseason wins including a SB
    ———————————————-

    Wentz: 0 postseason losses

    Foles: 2 postseason losses

  23. bucsandbolts says:
    January 14, 2019 at 12:57 pm
    “What is Philly considering? They have a guy who hasn’t been able to stay healthy enough to finish the last two seasons.”

    thefiesty1 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:09 pm
    “With Wentz’ bad back I’d see how many first round picks they can get for him and keep Foles. Wentz probably won’t ever make a full season.”
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    Uh Wentz has already played a full season while Foles has never started more than 11 games while Wentz has NEVER started LESS than 11 games!

  24. zibet says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    “Announcing that you’ll be getting rid of Super Bowl winning QBs for guys that can’t throw from the pocket is really in this year. See Foles, Nick and Flacco, Joe”
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    Can’t find the numbers for 2018 but in 2017 Wentz was throwing from the pocket at a 97.6 rating clip. Try again.

  25. illgivemyopinion says:
    January 14, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    “Pederson, you were lucky last year with your 4th place schedule, just get comfortable and watch the Big Game”
    ————————————————————–
    To end 2017 the Eagles beat the Falcons, Vikings and Patriots.
    To end 2018 the Eagles beat the first place Rams in LA, the first place Texans and the first place Bears in Chicago. They came within a dropped pass of beating heavy Super Bowl favorite Saints in New Orleans.
    Nuff said.

  26. it’s not about who is better many QB are better than Brady yet Brady always wins its about who fits the team and system the best . Foles fits the team and gels. Foles is like Brady. Wentz will never win . Wentz is 6-7 this year and played the easiest part of the schedule . Foles saved the season

  27. yg20910 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:03 pm
    The team adores Foles. But this narrative that the team “rallied” around Foles is a false. The O-line (Johnson, and Peters mainly) got healthy and went from getting pushed around to dominating. The secondary – castoffs and rookies who were thrust into action sooner than they were ready- went from being picked on to playing really well.

    Wentz should take some things away from watching Foles play. Most importantly to get the ball out quicker, to spread the ball around more, and trust your receivers to make plays. But taking into account the talent level and the price, the decision to keep Wentz is a no brainer.
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    Wrong foles was pressured more than wentz . Peters missed more practices and was on the injury report more in the month with foles than in the previous month with wentz. Eagles secondary was horrible in the regular season they gave up 30 vs the Texans and 23 vs the Rams yet eagles won with foles and lost with wentz good job making things up and embarrassing yourself

  28. mytwitteraccountwashacked says:
    January 14, 2019 at 1:14 pm
    Anyone saying trade Wentz and keep Foles has never watched the 2017 season prior to Wentz going down. The dude was unstoppable and rushed quickly to get back for 2018. Coming back week 3 was probably a mistake on the Eagles part. They should have waited until week 6 or so probably. Playing on one leg won’t help eliminate a back injury. When both are healthy, its no question Wentz is the better QB and decision maker. Eagles need to let Foles walk, stack OL depth and DL depth and get a shut down corner that won’t bite on double moves, every. single. time. Wentz will heal up over the off-season and the Eagles will be fine. See ya in the playoffs next year.
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    Wentz has better numbers this year than last year yet team was 6-7 with wentz he is a losing player

  29. artemisbuchwald2776 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 12:50 am
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 14, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Wentz: 0 postseason wins

    Foles: 4 postseason wins including a SB
    ———————————————-

    Wentz: 0 postseason losses

    Foles: 2 postseason losses
    …………………………………………….

    What a silly argument, really

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