Is Nick Foles ‘free agency fool’s gold’? It appears that one writer doesn’t think that ‘Saint Nick’ is the slam dunk that others may be thinking he is if he leaves the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s been said before but never loudly. While some fans have gone back and forth about whether or not Nick Foles was the guy that the Philadelphia Eagles should bank the immediate future on, others have resigned themselves to the fact that there was no possible way that Philly could hold on to him.
The numbers just didn’t add up financially.
Then, we were thrown a curve ball. What if Philly could pick up his option? Those questions began popping up at the beginning of February’s second calendar week, but faster than you could say ‘Fly Eagles Fly’, we learned Foles had expressed himself that he was ready to move on.
That brought us back to where we are now, knowing, as Eagles fans, that we’ll miss ‘Number 9’ and wondering where he might end up.
As it turns out, one member of the sports media, Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report, isn’t convinced that Foles is a legitimate answer to any team’s woes at quarterback if he leaves the Eagles. As a matter of fact, he recently penned a story that refers to Foles as ‘Free Agency Fool’s Gold’, at one point stating ‘It’s just as likely that Foles will be an overpaid boondoggle as it is that he’ll be a franchise savior’.
Here’s some more of what was said:
"The Eagles moved on from Foles the following offseason, flipping him and a pair of picks (a second- and a fourth-rounder) to the St. Louis Rams for fellow quarterback Sam Bradford, a fifth-round pick and a conditional sixth-round pick. The Rams handed Foles a two-year, $24.5 million extension and made him their starting quarterback. Then, the bottom fell out."
Anyone who knows anything about football knows what Davenport is referring to. He’s referring to the often over-hyped run Foles had in Saint Louis with the Rams after he left the Eagles. Come on though. Who ever looked good under Jeff Fischer as his coaching career went on?
Here’s more on Foles:
"Foles isn’t the kind of quarterback who can carry a franchise. Two of the teams which could offer the most talent around him—the Giants and Redskins—are the reason the Eagles are contemplating the tag-and-trade. His two most likely destinations—Jacksonville and Miami—aren’t exactly stacked on offense."
Foles, like any other quarterback in the NFL, will need help. He’ll need coaching. He’ll need weapons. Whether he gets either is anyone’s guess, but here’s what we do know. You don’t come up with a 27-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio and go toe-to-toe with the greatest quarterback of all time and win because you’re fool’s gold.
Regardless of where ‘9’ goes, he’ll need help. That’s obvious. Will he get it? That’s anyone’s guess, but in a game where 22 men are on the same field at the same time, total success isn’t the responsibility of Foles alone. Total failure wouldn’t be his fault either.
Two things are certain. The Eagles wouldn’t have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy without him, and we’ll all be watching closely.