Nick Foles finished 2014 as the league leader in passer rating, set an NFL record with a 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio and helped guide the Eagles to a division championship. So why, as Jeff McLane suggests for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has the team not been stronger in their backing of Foles for the long haul?
If you’ve wondered why the Eagles haven’t climbed to the highest mountain to scream their devotion to Nick Foles, you aren’t the only one.
Howie Roseman was a little more emphatic about the team’s support of Foles, but the Eagles general manager and coach Chip Kelly have yet to say anything that equates to – “Foles is our quarterback. He’s our future. Period.” And people around the league are noticing, particularly some that are close to the third-year quarterback.
Foles is obviously the starting quarterback in 2014. And the Eagles can’t technically say he’s their long-term quarterback because he still can’t receive a contract extension. But the less-than-full backing suggests that Kelly and Roseman are still leaving themselves some wiggle room in case Foles regresses this season.
There’s little doubt the careful choice in words is by design. The Eagles are not permitted to sign Foles to a contract extension until next offseason after he’s completed his third year in the league, and with just 16 starts under his belt, it’s difficult to project where the 25-year-old goes from here.
No reason the organization should put all its eggs in one basket.
That being said, to suggest folks within the organization have given Foles any less than their full backing seems a bit disingenuous. Roseman in particular has been pretty adamant that the job belongs to No. 9 based on comments made to Reuben Frank for CSNPhilly.com.
There’s not an opportunity for a starting spot here.
I think that we have tremendous support for Nick. I think we’ve been unquestioned about Nick. Even when we talk about Mike Vick, that there’s not an opportunity for a starting spot here, I think that’s a reflection on Nick Foles and where he is in his career.
Barring a complete 180 in 2014, there’s no honest reason to think the Eagles intend to give Foles anything less than the full commitment of a long-term contract extension. Seeing as they can’t do that right now even if they wanted to, there’s literally nothing to read into this for the moment.