Nick Foles on being benched: It’s not easy

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The Jaguars drafted Blake Bortles with a first-round draft choice to be their franchise quarterback. They re-signed him to a three-year deal worth $54 million, including $26.5 million guaranteed, after the 2017 season to be their franchise quarterback. It did not work out.

In March, the Jaguars signed Nick Foles to a four-year deal worth $88 million, including $50.125 million in guaranteed money, to replace Bortles as the franchise quarterback. It is not working out.

Foles was benched during Sunday’s game.

He has played 173 snaps in four games, meaning he will have made $177,746 per snap this season if he doesn’t play again, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he would talk to both quarterbacks before making a decision about next week.

It appears, though, that Foles has lost his job to Gardner Minshew, who went 16-of-27 for 147 yards with a touchdown and an interception after Foles was 7-of-14 for 93 yards and an interception. Foles also had a fumble returned for a touchdown.

It’s not easy,” Foles said of the benching, via DiRocco. “This is not an easy game. Tough situation, but I’m going to continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Like I said before, it’s a trial and the trials keep coming. Not easy, but I know where my heart is and where my faith is and what I’m going to lean on in this time like I always do in the good and the bad.

“Never want to go through it. Difficult, but you know what I’m going to look at the bright things and continue to keep my head held high and continue to keep moving forward.”

In the three games since returning from a broken collarbone, Foles has accounted for 782 yards and 33 points, per DiRocco.

The Jaguars not only have a decision to make about their starting quarterback for this week. They have a harder decision to make after the season.

The Jaguars would take a salary cap hit of $21.375 million in dead money if they designate Foles as a post-June 1 cap hit. A post-June 1 trade would save the Jaguars $15.875 million and include a dead cap hit of $6.25 million.

25 responses to “Nick Foles on being benched: It’s not easy

  1. Obviously just a bump in the road. He invented passing in the NFL so this is just calibration. Nick Foles is the greatest QB to ever hold a footlball.

  2. The Jags need a new OC. Coach Flip refuses to use the running game. It’s what got him fired in Minny this year. Even today the got within 14 pts, ball at midfield, 8 min left, and it was throw, throw, throw, throw, run, throw, throw, throw, throw. Ball on 1 yard line, QB sneak stopped, throw, throw (INT). How about using Fornette a bit more?

  3. He’s a good dude but if it wasn’t blatantly obvious he’s a system QB, namely the one that Frank Reich and Doug Pederson run.

  4. Foles is not a bum. He just isn’t a great season-long QB. He’s killed it in a backup mode (including *coughs* the Pats) but teams get excited about short term performance. He hasn’t demonstrated that capacity in his career.

    Still wish him luck. He is a classy guy.

  5. Football God says:
    December 1, 2019 at 10:07 pm
    What’s worse is Bill Belichick made him look like Joe Montana in the Superbowl

    No that was Matt Patricia. Don’t believe me? Go watch the Lions play defense. Oh wait they don’t.

  6. How many franchise quarterbacks go through as many teams as nick? Obviously, a bad signing from the start.

  7. He isn’t playing at the elite money being paid. He isn’t done being paid like an elite QB. He will be paid big for two more years by team(s) hoping he is as good as the hype/potential. Big money after that depends on how well he does next season and beyond. Otherwise, he makes okay money (for QBs) as a backup for half dozen more years. Hard to feel sorry for him……..

  8. @pmlangan

    Still better for the Eagles than your lord and savior, surefire Hall of Famer Carson Wentz. Can’t even post a winning record nevermind a playoff game or, god forbid, a championship like Nick delivered.

  9. Philly had something special but refused to acknowledge it bc it was unconventional. Obviously neither Wentz nor Foles could play a full season. Fortunately Wentz is the better first half of the regular season QB and Foles is charmed when he is brought in to win late regular season games and postseason games.

    The division of labor worked for the organization.

  10. Nick Foles is what you saw today, it’s the Philly fans that made him the Icon. He was lucky enough to be the QB who lined up for Super Bowl 52 just like many 1 and done right place at the right time QB’s

  11. Check Foles’ win-loss record and you will see that he has won more games as starting QB than lost.

  12. Anyone ever come back form a major injury in your rec leagues? Imagine breaking your friggin collarbone at this level….

    Was he worth that coin? Of course not. But my God only three games in and porn star stache is obviously more familiar with the team and can scramble.

    With out a running game Foles is going to struggle even more.

    Personally as long term suffering buc fan, it would be cool to see Harry teams keep the gig but foles will be fine cashing those checks…

  13. PSSST: jags let me clue you in, Your issues aren’t your QBs, remember a couple years ago? You damned near got to the Super Bowl!
    The first thing everyone does is blame the QB. Yeah he makes the most money and is the vastly most OVER PAID POSITION in the NFL. If you don’t have a Left OR right Tackle, Guard Center, Receivers, game plan, etc,etc,etc, you don’t win. There is NO way 1 player carries a whole team! Personally when healthy I think Blake is a perfectly serviceable QB, not ELITE but with the right players is good.

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