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Jaguars QB Nick Foles says Frank Reich has really ‘impacted’ his life

Nick Foles, Frank Reich, Jaguars

On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars will get the pleasure of seeing Nick Foles play for the first time since suffering a Week 1 broken collarbone. That won’t be the only firsts in-sight. Foles and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will get to face their old boss, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich.

In 2017, Reich served as the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator. His quarterback? Foles. His quarterback coach? DeFilippo.

Seemingly, Reich helped turn around Foles’ career from early retirement. With Reich calling shots in Philly, Foles led an improbable Super Bowl run after filling in for MVP candidate Carson Wentz capped off with Super Bowl MVP honors.

He’s a guy that I admire more than anything,” Foles said on Wednesday, per James Johnson of the Jaguars Wire. “He’s a guy that has impacted my life so much, and he’s going to be on the opposing sideline, so that’s going to be fun. […] I think it will be emotional seeing him because of what he means to me. He’s one of the greatest people I’ve ever met, so when he went there I was so excited for him. But I’m going to go out there and play.”

After winning a ring, Reich left to Indianapolis, DeFillipo became the offensive coordinator in Minneapolis, and Foles stayed on in Philadelphia until signing on with Jacksonville for four years. Now, with the quarterback healthy and Reich the head honcho for the Colts, the two, barring injury, will face each other twice in 2019. Sunday’s matchup will be the first.