Super Bowl 52 MVP and Eagles legend, Nick Foles, signed with the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend, but that journey wasn’t always clear. According to Jeremy Fowler, he nearly ended up returning to Philadelphia for one more rodeo.
Would Eagles Twitter have imploded if this happened? Absolutely. Was there a need to bring him back? Absolutely not.
It’s not exactly a secret that Nick Foles loves Philadelphia and that love will forever be reciprocated. Foles would have been hypothetically reuniting with the Eagles for a third time after being drafted by the team in 2012, and returning in 2017 after his first three-year span resulted in a trade to the Rams.
I understand that the Eagles have an emotional attachment to Nick Foles, but given his role in the souring of the bond between Philadelphia and Carson Wentz (albeit through no fault of his own), it would seem ridiculous to bring him back to mentor Jalen Hurts. The Eagles did well to finally get themselves out of a self-induced hellscape, waltzing back onto the brink of it because they can’t stay away from Nick Foles doesn’t exactly seem like a smart plan.
The Eagles do have Gardner Minshew as the backup to Jalen Hurts and while he isn’t perfect, he showed more than enough in that start against the Jets (Yes, it’s the Jets, but the Eagles had a cupcake schedule to end the year anyway so what does it matter?) to prove that he’s a viable backup to the Oklahoma product, even if it is only for one more year.
Nick Foles is a Philadelphia legend and it’s all too easy to see him coming back to coach one day. It would be a role embraced by just about everyone if he chose to go down that path. But until then, it might be best to resist each other’s gaze just until the ripple effects of that disastrous Super Bowl fallout would no longer play a factor.
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