Nick Foles focuses on locker-room relationships

AP

The Jaguars had some locker-room issues last year. New quarterback Nick Foles seems to be intent on fixing that.

“The most important part is the locker room,” Foles told reporters at a press conference on Thursday. “It’s about team, it’s about the locker room, it’s about playing with one another.”

Foles didn’t mention any issues or squabbles or whatever it was that happened among and between players on an underachieving team in 2018. But it’s clear that he will be working hard to build bridges across the roster. On multiple occasions, Foles mentioned the importance of players getting to know each other, and Foles remains intent on doing that.

Foles also emphasized the importance of being himself. Along those lines, he’ll be wearing No. 7 for there first time in his NFL career. He explained that he always wore that number in youth football and high-school, and he said that he has decided to get back to his roots.

The Jaguars will be thrilled if he simply gets back to his two years ago, since that ended with Foles holding up trophies named both for Vince Lombardi and Pete Rozelle.

34 responses to “Nick Foles focuses on locker-room relationships

  1. A born leader! That is what Fole’s critics too often forget: Nick Foles is a great leader! That matters to a team. It sets a tone. A beloved leader is someone you will step up your game for.

  2. By all accounts a good guy, liked and respected. But I don’t see him putting up some of the performances like he did in Philly.

  3. “Foles didn’t mention any issues or squabbles or whatever it was that happened among and between players on an underachieving team in 2018.”

    Whatever it was could = Nothing, you know.

  4. Spoken like a Super Bowl Champion.
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    PAST Super Bowl Champion. Fixed it for you.

  5. Foles seems to be the perfect fit for the Jaguars. Throw out last year because of the dysfunction, but 2 years ago they were a few dumb mistakes from the Super Bowl.

    Foles isn’t the most talented QB, but he won’t make dumb mistakes, he won’t be the human turnover machine Bortles was.

  6. Jags fans, of which of course there are few, are lucky to have Nick Foles. Even my 7-year old daughter loves the guy. Him bringing his beautiful daughter on stage after the Super Bowl win played big in my house, as I have a wife and 3 daughters. They loved that he did that. If the Eagles can’t win another Super Bowl, we will be rooting for Foles to win one like we did when we wanted Dick Vermeil to win back in 99. If you are a Philly-type guy, we love you forever.

  7. Im rooting for Foles to succeed. My team is in another conference so I don’t have to worry about him.

  8. This could be amazing. This could be terrible. I mean, that’s true of any free agent signing, but Foles is…inconsistent. Which will Jacksonville get? I hope to see the good one. It’d be nice to see Jacksonville get back to where they were two years ago, honestly.

  9. rkt4mayor says:
    March 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    A born leader! That is what Fole’s critics too often forget: Nick Foles is a great leader! That matters to a team. It sets a tone. A beloved leader is someone you will step up your game for.
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    Nothing against Foles, but no one was calling him a “leader” much less a born leader until last year with Philly, and while he certainly did catch lightning in a bottle 2 years ago, he didn’t perform well in the beginning of this year, with a lot more talent than Jacksonville has, and should have lost in the playoffs this year- it was just a really bad missed kick that advanced them.

    Joe Flacco has been a MUCH better QB over the course of his career. Curious to see if the Jags also draft a QB this year. Let the downvotes begin!

  10. Since my Eagles play in the NFC and won’t face the Jags in the regular season for another 3 years, I’ll be rooting hard for my new 2nd favorite team in the NFL! I have no doubt Nick will continue to prove everyone wrong and have a great career in Jacksonville. If the Jags get a healthy Fournette back, they could be right back in the AFC mix.

  11. All I know is that the Eagles players collectively, in all three phases of the game–offensive, defense and special teams–performed better when Foles was under center than they did when Wentz was. Whether that is an indication of Foles’s leadership skills, or Wentz’s lack thereof, is debatable, but clearly the players all responded and upped their game when Foles took the field. He did lead the Eagles to their first and only Super Bowl victory in franchise history, against Brady and the Patriots no less, after all.

    The Jaguars underperformed last season. Perhaps a change at quarterback will correct their internal problems, as they have been a disjointed team for several years. Foles is certainly correct that it all begins in the locker room, with players getting to know each other and working together as a team.

    Maybe Foles can recapture the magic and elevate the players around him for a championship run. The team is not without talent, and he does have a good relationship with the offensive coordinator.

    It will be interesting to see how Eagles fans respond should Jacksonville win more games, advance in the playoffs and possibly win a Super Bowl, even an appearance, while Philadelphia wallows in mediocrity, as Wentz is injured once again. This guy hasn’t finished a season in years. He was injured in college and in the pros. He has never appeared in or won a playoff game, much more a championship. Foles is a Super Bowl MVP.

    Knowing Eagles fans as I do–good grief, they have a trial judge and jail cells at the stadium in Philadelphia; they throw snow balls with batteries inside at players on both sidelines; the only games I attended at Texas Stadium where fights broke out in the stands were when the Eagles and their fans were visiting–I can’t imagine the riots in the streets should the Jaguars with Foles accomplish more than the Eagles with Wentz.

  12. I love foles and what he did for my eagles but he isn’t a 16 game qb, he isn’t a starter in this league , I’m wishing him the best but expecting the worst

  13. I love Nick Foles. Huge fan. He’s a great guy.

    He’s not a great QB. Even with the Eagles, the numbers say he’s not a great QB. Last season, his numbers were worse than Wentz’s. The year before, they weren’t even close.

    When the Eagles were playing poorly, He looked bad. People forget he was the starter the first two games last season, and was so bad that they rushed Wentz back earlier than intended. When the Eagles were getting healthy and jelling, he looked good. Even so, his TD to INT ration was worse than Wentz down the stretch, and he was a train wreck in the New Orleans game.

    He’s not a franchise changing QB, and he just got paid like one. Sorry, facts are facts.

  14. “Foles didn’t mention any issues or squabbles or whatever it was that happened among and between players on an underachieving team in 2018.”

    Come on, Mike, we count on you to ferret these things out.

  15. Foles needs that defense. The defense doesn’t need Foles.

    They won games without a QB before. They just need someone who can manage 17-20 points and keep them rested.

    Although the defense is nowhere near where it was a couple years ago, it can still be a top 5 def in the league if they have an offense that can let them breathe.

  16. Foles AND Wentz did what NO Eagles team had done since 1960….for that they are both Philadelphia ICONS. Remember, Wentz had the Eagles cooking most of the season and Foles was the icing on the cake and brought it home. Sad to see the duo broken up.

  17. gawainsghost says:
    March 14, 2019 at 2:52 pm
    All I know is that the Eagles players collectively, in all three phases of the game–offensive, defense and special teams–performed better when Foles was under center than they did when Wentz was. Whether that is an indication of Foles’s leadership skills, or Wentz’s lack thereof, is debatable, but clearly the players all responded and upped their game when Foles took the field. He did lead the Eagles to their first and only Super Bowl victory in franchise history, against Brady and the Patriots no less, after all.
    The Jaguars underperformed last season. Perhaps a change at quarterback will correct their internal problems, as they have been a disjointed team for several years. Foles is certainly correct that it all begins in the locker room, with players getting to know each other and working together as a team.
    Maybe Foles can recapture the magic and elevate the players around him for a championship run. The team is not without talent, and he does have a good relationship with the offensive coordinator.
    It will be interesting to see how Eagles fans respond should Jacksonville win more games, advance in the playoffs and possibly win a Super Bowl, even an appearance, while Philadelphia wallows in mediocrity, as Wentz is injured once again. This guy hasn’t finished a season in years. He was injured in college and in the pros. He has never appeared in or won a playoff game, much more a championship. Foles is a Super Bowl MVP.
    Knowing Eagles fans as I do–good grief, they have a trial judge and jail cells at the stadium in Philadelphia; they throw snow balls with batteries inside at players on both sidelines; the only games I attended at Texas Stadium where fights broke out in the stands were when the Eagles and their fans were visiting–I can’t imagine the riots in the streets should the Jaguars with Foles accomplish more than the Eagles with Wentz.
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    Dude, you know nothing about Eagles fans and the incidents with batteries and the jail cells all took place over at the old stadium well over 15 years ago. New stadium and pricing took care of the majority of the lesser element of people. Go ahead and relay stories you heard 20 yrs ago, though.

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