Nick Foles about to do what no Super Bowl-winning QB has

Nick Foles about to do what no Super Bowl-winning QB has

We’ve spent a good portion of the last month and a half talking about what a remarkable quarterback Nick Foles was in the postseason. Let’s go a different route for a change and talk about Nick Foles the person.

Because none of this would work if he weren’t just as remarkable a person as he is a quarterback.

Foles is about to do something nobody has ever done. Win a Super Bowl in his prime and head right back to the bench for the same team the next year.

Other backups have won Super Bowls. You know their names.

But guys like Jim Plunkett and Doug Williams were in their mid-30s when they did it and both began the next year — the next years in Plunkett’s case — as the starter. Kurt Warner and Tom Brady won Super Bowls as backups and never gave up the job. Jeff Hostetler started the Giants’ first 12 games the year after he won his Super Bowl. Trent Dilfer left Baltimore to become the starter for Seattle after winning his Super Bowl.

Foles? He fashioned one of the most remarkable postseason performances ever, won the Super Bowl MVP, delivered the first Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia, and it now looks likely he’ll be riding the bench when the 2018 season begins.

The combination of Carson Wentz’s rapid recovery — Doug Pederson said he’s ahead of schedule (see story) — and the Eagles’ decision to keep Foles this offseason means the Super Bowl MVP, the guy who rallied the Eagles in the final minutes to a come-from-behind win against the greatest coach in NFL history to their first championship in 57 years, begins 2018 the same way Mike McMahon began 2005, the same way Vince Young began 2011, the same way Chase Daniel began 2016.

I don’t know what’s more impressive. Foles’ performance in the postseason — all the touchdowns and fourth-down conversions and big plays — or his literally unprecedented willingness to set aside personal goals and do what’s best for the team. And in this case, that’s backing up Wentz.

How do you go from engineering an astonishing Super Bowl comeback with 100 million people watching and standing in the middle of U.S. Bank Stadium holding the Lombardi Trophy high above you and being handed the Super Bowl MVP trophy by the commissioner the next morning to throwing passes to scout team receivers Shelton Gibson, Rashard Davis and Bryce Treggs on a side field at training camp five months later?

You do it if you’re Nick Foles.

You do it if you are so obsessively unselfish and unconcerned with personal glory and focused only on team success that you’d be just as happy if Wentz or Nate Sudfeld had won that Super Bowl as you were when you won it.

No trade demands. No threats. No holdouts. No ultimatums. Not from Nick Foles.

Just … gimme the clipboard and let’s get to work.

There isn’t a team in the NFL that has a better quarterback situation than the Eagles. An MVP starting, a Super Bowl MVP backing him up and an impressive prospect as the No. 3.

We saw last year just how special the Eagles are, and we’re learning every day just exactly why.

Brandon Brooks restructuring deal for Nick Foles a 'no-brainer'

Brandon Brooks restructuring deal for Nick Foles a 'no-brainer'

A few days ago, the Eagles and Nick Foles agreed to rework his contract.

The restructured deal included a $2 million signing bonus and incentives based on whether Foles starts and reaches certain goals, plus a mutual option for 2019 (see story). Monday, it became clearer how the Eagles were able to get Foles more money up front when Pro Bowl offensive guard Brandon Brooks tweeted this:

Brooks restructured his current deal last Friday to help out his quarterback (see story)

NBC Sports Philadelphia had Brooks and RT Lane Johnson on Quick Slants Monday. Brooks had this to say about the restructure and his tweet:

Whenever it comes to a restructure, I just wanted to throw it out there — one, to clarify as far as exactly what happened and then two, probably the most important thing is look at what Nick did. I literally did whatever it took to get him extra money. I mean, everything he’s done for us as a team, for us as a city. The Super Bowl MVP. You know, going out there, launching that thing every week. The leader he is. The high character guy he is. And when they approached me about it, it was kind of like, 'Nah,' but then after understanding it was for Nick Foles, then I said, 'Without question, let’s go ahead and get it done.' He deserves it, he brought the first championship to the city, so it was a no-brainer, without question for me.

Brooks' close friend and linemate Johnson added:

The man was thrown into the fire and came out on top. I mean, he was really thrown into a tough situation and only had two weeks the last part of the season to kind of get in a rhythm, and you know how those games went. The guy went out there and delivered. I’m just so proud of him. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy. We’re all happy for him.

As it gets closer to the 2018 NFL draft, the rumors continue to swirl that Foles could be traded. If it happens, a number of his teammates have told me Foles deserves his own team.

Will Foles be in Eagles green come September? Only time will tell, but whether he’s here or elsewhere, Foles will always have the respect and admiration from a group of guys who completed a magical season.

Eagles in contact with White House about possible visit

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Eagles in contact with White House about possible visit

After winning Super Bowl LI, the Patriots visited the White House on April 19, 2017. 

You might have noticed that April 19 has come and gone this year and there hasn’t been much talk of the Super Bowl champion Eagles visiting the relatively new home of President Donald Trump. 

But on Monday, the New York Times reported that discussions about a possible Eagles trip to the White House have begun.

The Eagles confirmed that report with the following in a statement: “We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington. We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country."

This is the first time the Eagles have publicly spoken about a trip to the White House and the first time they’ve revealed they have been invited. When asked about the possible trip last month at the annual league meetings, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie didn’t seem very eager to speak about the topic. 

“We just won the Super Bowl,” Lurie said in Orlando last month. “I haven’t had any of those discussions. I have no idea. It’s just … I haven’t had those discussions.” 

The idea that the visit to the White House could be an opportunity for dialogue is an interesting one. Normally, these things are pretty much photo opportunities, but perhaps that’s part of the discussion. 

As you might guess, an Eagles trip to the White House is a pretty tricky trip to figure out. 

The Eagles have several players — Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Torrey Smith — who have already said publicly that they wouldn’t attend. And last year when the Patriots won, Long and LeGarrette Blount were not among the group that went. Aside from that, Lurie, who donated money to Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is considered one of the more liberal owners in the league. 

“We have been in conversations with the Eagles about timing and are working with them to make it happen,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, via the New York Times. “We hope to have something finalized in the next couple of weeks.”

According to the New York Times story, Lurie had strong criticism for Trump at a private league meeting last October as owners, players and executives met weeks after Trump scolded the NFL and players, which brought more league-wide protesting during the national anthem. During those meetings, Lurie described Trump’s presidency as “disastrous” and reportedly used a vulgarity to emphasize that opinion. 

This is not the first time an Eagle has had harsh words for Trump. Last September, Jenkins said Trump was “no different than a troll on social media.” 

The Eagles are the first Super Bowl-winning team after Trump’s attacks on the league and its players who had chosen to demonstrate during the national anthem. Last September, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

The week after Trump made those comments, protests became more wide-spread throughout the league, with entire teams demonstrating and showing unity. The Eagles — players, coaches and executives, including Lurie — locked arms as the Star-Spangled Banner was performed.