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What would it even take to make a Nick Foles trade worthwhile?

What would it even take to make a Nick Foles trade worthwhile?

Believe it or not, there are a few negatives when it comes to winning a Super Bowl. One is having your assistant coaches poached from your talons. And the feeding frenzy is well in effect for the Eagles as they have already lost their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. It happens.

The other slight downside is where you will be selecting in the draft.

The Eagles hold the 32nd overall pick (last) in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. That’s the price of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and having Mayor Kelce be the keynote speaker at the parade. Where this gets a little more worrisome is the fact that the Birds do not own a second-round pick. That went to Cleveland as part of the Carson Wentz deal — a trade-off I think any Eagle fan would take. Oh, by the way, they also don’t have a third-rounder. That went to Buffalo in the Ronald Darby trade.

So if you’re scoring at home, that’s the last pick in the first round and nothing again until the fourth? Not exactly ideal. However, they do have a “backup” quarterback who led them to a championship and won Super Bowl MVP. He will never have more value than he does right now. Let’s make a deal you say? I wouldn’t be so quick to pull that trigger.

Wentz tore his ACL and injured his LCL on Dec. 10. The Eagles' first regular-season game projects to be right around nine months from the injury. That’s assuming no setbacks. It could also mean a compromised football workload while he rehabs the knee — OTAs, the early portion of training camp, etc. There is no doubt Wentz will go above and beyond when it comes to making it back for the start of next season. But sometimes the mind will lose out to the body. There is no guarantee he will be ready to start the season. Wentz also plays a very aggressive style of football. I, for one, have no problem with the way he plays. I thought he did a good job for the most part of avoiding the unnecessary big blows. The play he got hurt on was a good football play, trying to score a touchdown. But because of his athleticism and strength, he is going to get hit more than most QBs.

Even taking Wentz's knee injury out of the equation for a moment, ask yourself how many backups in the NFL could have stepped in and accomplished what Nick Foles did during that magical run? I did and the answer was none. He’s the best backup in the league. Foles went toe-to-toe with the G.O.A.T. and The Hoodie on the biggest stage and dropped 41. Truly remarkable. Is a late first- or second-rounder worth that?

There is no doubt that if say, the Cardinals, offered you the 15th overall pick, that could be a game-changer. There are offers that are too good to refuse. But a mid-second-rounder for the value that Foles gives you? The smart play could be to hold on to the known quantity. The NFL is littered with backups who can’t play. The types of guys who bring an end to your season no matter how good you are in other areas. Howie Roseman has shown himself to be very deft at making deals and acquiring draft picks, so the cupboard may be thin right now, but some groceries could be added with some wheeling and dealing.  

The Eagles have the ultimate insurance policy. It might be wise to keep making the payments just in case.

Nick Foles breaks down his ‘crazy situation’ with Eagles

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Nick Foles breaks down his ‘crazy situation’ with Eagles

At some point this summer, Carson Wentz will be cleared to play football.

And Nick Foles will pick up a clipboard and go back to the bench. The Super Bowl MVP will once again be a backup.

“It is a crazy situation,” Nick Foles said this week. “I don’t know how many times it’s happened.”

It’s never happened. No quarterback has ever been a Super Bowl MVP and began the next season as a backup.

But this is a unique set of circumstances. Wentz remains the unquestioned Eagles quarterback of the future. And Foles, as long as he’s here, is his backup.

“It’s not easy, because part of you wants to be able to lead a team and stay in the huddle,” Foles said Tuesday.

“But I’ve been very blessed to have experienced so much in my career so whenever those thoughts sort of hit you, you have to home back in and take what I learned early in my career, when I went to St. Louis, when I went to Kansas City, when I came here, that I really just need to worry about today, because tomorrow’s not guaranteed. This moment is. And I’m going to enjoy it and do it to the best of my ability.

“And it really makes everything a lot easier. Because whatever is going to happen is going to happen. A lot of it I have no control of it. If I’m traded, it’s really not my decision, so why would I even worry about it?”

Wentz was having a record-setting season when he tore up his knee Dec. 10 in Los Angeles. Foles responded with a record-setting postseason.

But Wentz is 25 and Foles is 29. When Wentz is healthy, he will start.

“My (role) right now is to help this team in practice while Carson’s getting healthy, which I’m excited for,” he said. “I want him to get back out there and get healthy and get back to (being) Carson Wentz.

“I want him to (pick up) off where he left off. That excites me from a friend’s perspective and a teammate’s perspective.

“My mindset won’t change. There’s definitely times where I’m tempted to look at the future, like any of us are. I’d be lying if that wasn’t the case. But you have to reel back in and stay in the present because that doesn’t do you any benefit.”

Foles said he’s had people tell him he should have demanded the Eagles trade him so he can start now.

And after his record-setting postseason, it would be understandable if he did.

“I’ve seen both sides of it,” he said. “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Do I want an opportunity to run a team again? Absolutely. But am I trying to run away and do it right now? Well, I’m grateful to be here.

“There’s so much here that I really enjoy and I love it here. So I’m not banging on the table. I’m really grateful to be in this moment.”

Some people made a big deal about Foles telling an Austin television station that he would like to be a starter again, but anybody who knows Foles already knew that.

“All I’m telling y’all is what y’all already knew and everyone knew,” he said. “I can’t believe that I had to actually come out and say that I want to be a starter again. Because I’ve always believed your actions speak louder than words. I shouldn’t have to come out and say that I want to be a starter again.

“The key is to go out on the field and lead your team and show people, ‘This guy is a good guy in the locker room, he can lead a team, he did it on the field, and he’s shown it.’

“Right now, I’m a part of this team, I’m a piece of the puzzle, I’m going to help this team win in any way possible, and whatever my role is, do it to the best of my ability and do it with a lot of joy. Because I’ve seen the other side of it, and I have a lot of joy going to work here.”

Emotional Jason Kelce explains origin of epic speech

Emotional Jason Kelce explains origin of epic speech

More than two months after Jason Kelce gave that now-famous and impassioned vulgarity-filled speech on the steps of the art museum, the emotions that led to it haven’t dissipated. 

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia folk hero got choked up trying to explain the impetus of his words for the first time since he spoke them. 

“I found myself literally [after] the Vikings game in the shower, like,” Kelce said before pausing. 

He choked back tears for a full five seconds. 

“Goddamnit,” he said under his breath, cleared his throat. Another three seconds passed. 

“You get pretty emotional, you’re crying,” said Kelce, recomposed. “And all of that, after the Super Bowl, after the game is finally over, I’m running on the field and I still can’t believe it happened. And it all hits you all at once. I think that’s what the whole speech was. It was the culminating of all the stories I’m thinking about at night, I can’t go to sleep, of how I got there. Then you start thinking about how everybody else got there. Then you start thinking about how the city got there.”

Kelce said he didn’t know how much his speech would resonate with fans and that’s not why he gave it anyway. He delivered his speech because in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, he began thinking about all the adversity he had overcome. He didn’t get a scholarship coming out of high school, needed to prove himself at a new position, and not long ago even questioned his own ability to still play at a high level. 

Then he realized it wasn’t just him. He thought about all of his teammates and what they went through. Then he thought about the city’s waiting to get a Super Bowl. 

The epic speech was born. 

“The whole speech was a realization of myself, realizing that I’m not the only person that’s been through something,” Kelce said. “I’m not the only person that’s had to go through [something]. Literally everybody has had something that they’ve overcome. Everybody’s pushed through. Everybody’s persevered through some sort of adversity and that was kind of the mantra the whole season. We had so much adversity, injuries, all these things happening. It just seemed like nothing could stop us.”

Since the Super Bowl and the speech, Kelce has become a wanted man. Everyone wants a photo and everyone tries to get a mic in his hand. A lot of people expect Kelce to be a great speaker, but what he said at the art museum that day had been building for years. He won’t always have that magic. 

While Kelce has spoken to some of the other local teams and his face appeared on beer cans with proceeds going to charity, Kelce has turned down most offers. Because of added fame, Kelce said just going out for breakfast is more difficult these days; and we all know what happens when Kelce doesn’t eat breakfast. 

He understands the new level of fame, though. It comes with the territory of helping the city achieve its dream. There are too many stories to list of fans telling him how much it meant to them and he understands the Eagles are glue for families in the region. He remembered one teammate walking up to him at the parade after a fan poured the ashes of their grandfather into his hands. The teammate didn’t know what to do and Kelce didn’t have any answers either. 

“It’s one of those things for the first seven years,” Kelce said, “that’s all anybody ever talked about when they came up and talked to you as an Eagle. They were like, ‘Just get us one. We’ve been waiting forever.’”

That’s pretty emotional stuff. You’ll forgive Kelce for getting choked up.