Foles Won’t Force it with Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - About the worst thing an NFL quarterback can do on the field is force things and Eagles Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is taking the same approach off of it.
Fresh off a restructured contract that gave him $2 million up front and the security of significant reachable incentives if he's forced to start in 2018, Foles talked about Philadelphia's "unique" situation at the QB position and the reality of "living in the moment."
That, despite the fact that Foles explained he would like to be a full-time starter again, something that likely isn't going to happen here with superstar Carson Wentz around.
“All of us play this game and we all have aspirations," Foles admitted Tuesday when speaking with reporters at the NovaCare Complex. "We all believe we can go out there, step in a huddle, do things, and help lead a team. That is an aspiration and always has been."
Then Foles got even more emphatic.
"Do I want to lead a team again?" Foles asked rhetorically. "Absolutely. But am I trying to run away and do that right now? Well, if it presents itself and it works out, fine, I’ll live in that moment."
Foles was a bit incredulous to have to state the obvious but a strange narrative had developed around him, peddling the ludicrous notion he was content to be a backup despite outdueling perhaps the greatest QB in history, Tom Brady, at Super Bowl LII.
Foles, however, also insisted that he's not in the worst spot in the world either.
“I’ve seen both sides of it,” he said, referring to his stint with the Rams. “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. We have a great team here.”
The unique situation with the Eagles features an MVP-caliber starting signal caller coming off a torn ACL and LCL with the intent on winning a Super Bowl on the field and his backup, who is the reigning SB MVP earmarked to carry a clipboard, a dynamic that is unprecedented in the NFL.
Despite that Foles and Wentz remain very close and the former is ready to play the good soldier.
“You also have to look at the situation where you’re at. You don’t want to overlook a situation," Foles explained. "We’re in a very special place. This locker room is a very special place.
"... I’m a part of this team, I’m a piece of the puzzle, I’m going to help this team win in any way possible whatever my role is, and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. I’m going to do it with a lot of joy because I’ve seen the other side of it. I have a lot of joy going to work here and working with the people I work with.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen