Not too long ago, Nick Foles was a punchline on Twitter. His career had come crashing down with the Rams and Chiefs. His skills seemingly evaporated. He even considered retirement.
Foles officially shattered that narrative Sunday night in Minneapolis, leading the Eagles to a 38-33 Super Bowl LII victory while also taking home the MVP trophy. He was nearly flawless against the New England Patriots on the biggest stage in sports.
The big picture football concept the QBC staff is taking away from Foles’ extraordinary turnaround: Being a backup quarterback is an extremely important job that both teams and players should take pride in. Foles and Philadelphia did, helping the city end their championship drought.
Of course, the Eagles are a tremendously built football team with very little weaknesses. Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Alshon Jeffery and Chris Long were all home run veteran additions. From offensive line to secondary, there really are no holes on this Philly roster.
The entire season was thought to be lost cause once Carson Wentz tore his ACL Dec. 11 in Los Angeles. Headed for a MVP year, Wentz was burying opponents with his accuracy and playmaking skills. There’s no way Foles was going to be able to replicate an explosive offense. Right? Wrong.
It took a couple games until coach Doug Pederson and Philadelphia’s offensive staff incorporated run-pass-option concepts — from Chip Kelly’s days — that suited Foles’ quarterbacking style. The Eagles found ways to raise the confidence level of their backup QB. All of a sudden, Foles stopped hesitating, starting throwing accurate missiles deep down the field and eventually went toe-to-toe with the greatest quarterback of all-time in the Super Bowl.
Most are in agreement, there still isn't a quarterback controversy in Philly. Wentz is the future of the franchise. He’ll return to his starting spot some time next season when he’s fully healed.
But there is no denying Foles' rise from clipboard holder to quarterbacking legend. Because of his own perseverance, a solid group of teammates and a coaching staff who understood his skill set, Foles was able to play freely. He let it rip for 373 yards and three touchdowns against a Bill Belichick defense. Other quarterback-needy teams are devising trade offers to the Eagles. Foles is a hot commodity.
If you are a backup quarterback right now for your high school or college team, do not give up. Your opportunity could come at any moment. You could be the difference between a busted season and winning a title. Trust your abilities, just like Nick Foles did, and literally anything is possible.
Even beating Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.