Just as soon as Nick Foles got his job back as starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, he lost it. Now, the Jaguars are in a situation where they may have to trade him this offseason.
So what exactly happened?
When Jacksonville landed Foles last offseason, he was expected to be the guy to turn the offense around. Or at least be a heck of a lot better than Blake Bortles.
Foles made his debut in Week 1, broke his collarbone in the first quarter and ended up sidelined through Week 11, giving way to rookie signal-caller Gardner Minshew.
In spite of an impressive run from Minshew, Foles regained his starting position upon getting healthy, but the results were not pretty.
They were so ugly, as a matter of fact, that Foles was booed by his home crowd during the Jags’ most recent loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was benched in favor of Minshew.
Now, it appears that Minshew is the starter moving forward, and Foles has been relegated to a bench role, where he has spent the majority of his NFL career.
And maybe that is exactly what Foles is: a backup.
Everyone was ready to anoint him as the second coming after he stepped in for an injured Carson Wentz late in 2017 and led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title.
It was a great run, but that’s really what it was: a run, and a short one at that.
Otherwise, Foles has little to no track record as a starter in the NFL.
He started six games for the Eagles during his rookie campaign in 2012 and 10 games in 2013 before ultimately losing his job halfway through the 2014 campaign.
His most extensive season as a starter? The 2015 campaign with the St. Louis Rams, where Foles made 11 starts and posted an abysmal passer rating of 69.
Since then, Foles has been a second-string quarterback, spending one season with the Kansas City Chiefs in that role in 2016 before returning to Philadelphia in 2017.
Yes, Foles brought a championship to Philly. Yes, he is a great guy. And no, he is not a scrub. But the idea that he was some savior who was going to lift the Jaguars to another dimension was always silly.
You want to hear something funny? Bortles actually has a better track record as a starter than Foles. You know, the same Blake Bortles that Jacksonville couldn’t get out of town fast enough and has become somewhat of a symbol for bad quarterbacks.
This is Foles’ eighth season in the NFL. There have been 120 possible games for him to play during that span.
You know how many of them he has actually played? Fifty-eight. And how many has he started? Forty-eight.
That means Nick Foles has not played in the majority of the games he has been around for, and in the games he has played, he has mostly been mediocre, at best.
People overrated Nick Foles based on the isolated six-game run he had with Philly from December 2017 through February 2018. He was never really a franchise quarterback, and now, he has been supplanted by a sixth-round pick.