Chicago Bears head coach recalled the moment when he first learned about a kid named Nick Foles back in 2012.
Before Nick Foles was a Super Bowl MVP, he was the star quarterback of the Arizona Wildcats. And at that time, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy was on the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff under head coach, Andy Reid. Along with Nagy, Eagles current head coach Doug Pederson was also on the team as a coordinator. Fast forward to 2018, and both, Nagy and Pederson will face each other for the first round of the playoffs. Ironically enough, Nick Foles will be starting under center for the Birds.
Foles wasn’t always a big name in the NFL. Before last season, he was viewed as a flukey quarterback who had one good season back in 2013. Now, he’s a Super Bowl champion with a surprisingly ridiculous amount of accolades under his belt with multiple sets of memorabilia in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Back in 2012 when Foles was quarterbacking at Arizona, nobody expected him to be as successful as he is today. Yet, here we are.
The Eagles selected Foles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 88th overall pick. As he stated last season, Philadelphia was the only NFL team to have a representative at his Pro Day with the Wildcats. And the guy who showed up for him just so happened to be Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson. Although Pederson was the only one in attendance to represent the Eagles, Nagy remembers explicitly the moment when Any Reid called Pederson to tell him that he’s going to Arizona to check out this Foles kid.
Nagy recalls the moment he first discovered Nick Foles
A lot has changed since this moment. The following year after the Eagles drafted Foles, Reid would be sent packing as he eventually joined the Kansas City Chiefs. Pederson and Nagy would go with him while the Eagles brought in an entirely new coaching staff. Foles would remain on board with the Eagles for a couple more years, but eventually, Chip Kelly decided to ship him off to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford.
At this point, we can probably assume that the Eagles made the wrong move by doing that, but in the end, it all worked out. Foles would find his way back to Philly to help bring them their first Vince Lombardi Trophy. Now, he has the opportunity to do it once more. But first, Foles and the Eagles have to go through Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears. What an exciting set of events for the Birds on their road to repeating.