Nick Foles: This is Matt Ryan’s team

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Nick Foles has never started more than 11 games in a season. The quarterback is on his sixth team in now his 11th season, and Foles again is No. 2 on the depth chart.

He knows his role.

This is Matt’s team,” Foles said more than once Wednesday, via Zak Keefer of TheAthletic.com. “He’s the leader and he’s running the ship. . . . I think anytime you have a QB room like this, you’re excited to go to work every day. You’re excited to work alongside an MVP.”

Foles signed a two-year deal with the Colts, reuniting with Frank Reich. Reich was the offensive coordinator when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, and Foles earned game MVP honors.

Foles was at his best with Reich, but then, so too was Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. Wentz couldn’t replicate the success he had with the Eagles in his one season with the Colts.

But Foles hopes to rediscover the confidence he had in Philadelphia after three seasons of not much playing time and little success in Jacksonville and Chicago. A new setting with a familiar face could be just what the quarterback ordered.

“He was always calm. If I made a mistake, he wasn’t chewing me out on the sidelines,” Foles said. “I remember, I threw a pick (in the Super Bowl). I wasn’t worried about it. All right, it’s a pick. Doesn’t matter. He’s like, ‘You’re good. Your feet are good. You look great. This is a great day.’”

Foles caught a touchdown on the Philly Special on the next series.

“He understands that,” Foles said of Reich. “It’s hard when a coach comes over and is grinding on you in the middle of a game. Like a lot of times, that coach probably never played the position or was never a backup. Like they don’t understand it. But he gets it, and that’s why we had a lot of success when I was in Philadelphia.”

3 responses to “Nick Foles: This is Matt Ryan’s team

  1. Foles is a class act, who always puts the team before himself. As an Eagles fan, I’ve seen up close what he is capable of doing on the field, and it mystifies me that he hasn’t at least similar success with other teams. When he left for FA after our super Bowl win, there was a huge debate about whether to keep Wentz or Foles. Well, it took some time to sort itself out, but we should have stuck with Foles.

  2. I’d love to say that I hope Foles has a great experience in Indy, but that would be like wishing something bad on Matt Ryan-which I do not. Foles and Ryan are both very classy guys. Whoever the 3rd stringer QB is, that guy is going to be educated on how to conduct yourself as a QB on a pro team by Foles, Ryan and Reich. Yes, love Foles, Reich, and really wish Ryan threw just one more touchdown+XP in Super Bowl LI.

  3. ” Wentz couldn’t replicate the success he had with the Eagles in his one season with the Colts.”
    “When he left for FA after our super Bowl win, there was a huge debate about whether to keep Wentz or Foles. Well, it took some time to sort itself out, but we should have stuck with Foles.”
    =================================================
    Wentz in 2021
    YDS,3563… 18th NFL
    TD,27… 10th NFL
    INT,7… 3rd NFL
    QBR,54.7… 9th NFL
    9-8 WL
    Not bad especially considering the 30th ranked OL in the NFL.
    Yeah his team lost to the Jags but so did Allen and the Bills!
    As for people seriously thinking Foles is better than Wentz must be in another reality and for the record I love the guy but I am realistic in that I know he is a borderline starter who has a knack for playing big in the playoffs. Jeff Fisher almost destroyed him.

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