To say I’m ecstatic the Kansas City Chiefs signed backup quarterback Nick Foles would be an understatement. He gives head coach Andy Reid a proven NFL starter that can come off the bench should Alex Smith go down with an injury.
No offense to Arron Murray, Tyler Bray or rookie Kevin Hogan, but none of them are equipped with enough skills to become NFL starters in 2016. It’s safe to say two of the three young arms in Kansas City will be put on Injured Reserve with a hang nail or released/traded before the final roster cuts are announced.
To the present, the signing of Foles sends a loud message to the team they are willing to shore up any position on the roster. Though limited with cap space, they managed to get Foles under contract.
For the former University of Arizona standout, coming to Kansas City was his top choice for a multitude of reasons. But the primary factor, was the Chiefs head coach.
“Coach [Andy] Reid was the guy who drafted me as a rookie. He’s a guy that I always stayed in touch with, always thought the world of,” Foles told the media on Friday.
“As I sort of just stepped away from the game for those few days, I was able to talk to him – talk to him about how I felt. It really was only Coach Reid – that was it. I really didn’t care about any other offer. I told my agents, ‘That’s the guy I want to play for. I need to step back and just see how I feel about everything, and then, go forward.’ As you know, and the guys here know, that’s a great guy to play for, so I’m blessed to have the opportunity to be back with him.”
Foles message speaks volumes for his head coach. Reid might have his detractors in play calling and clock management, but players will run through burning walls for him. Reid has been a steady hand since he arrived three years ago inheriting a challenging roster with zero depth.
The addition of Foles just adds the continuing evolution set forth by Reid and GM, John Dorsey when they arrived after the lowest point in franchise history, to rebuild this roster one position at a time. Still the quarterback position remains the highest of roster priorities,
“Nick is familiar with our system and he’s a good football player,” Head Coach Andy Reid stated. “He was good for me as a rookie and Chip [Kelly] his first year there. I think he’s a good fit and you can’t have enough of those guys. It’s a tough position and you want to make sure you’re fully loaded there -- I think we’re doing that.”
Now at the quarterback position, the Chiefs are stacked. In the NFL, you might be hard pressed to find a pair of quarterbacks like Smith and Foles on the same roster. The quarterback position has become diluted at its very core and the Chiefs were wise to grab Foles at this stage of his career.
That career has been filled with a plethora of results – both good and bad. Yet Foles, despite modest success and troubles in Philadelphia and St. Louis, has always maintained a level of confidence throughout the arc of his NFL career.
“It hasn’t always been smooth. It hasn’t always been like those couple of years in Philly, but that’s part of the game. You continue to grow. I mean last year didn’t go like I wanted to, but there’s a lot from last year that I’ll carry on through my future in football. You grow through the hard times,” Foles stated.
In coming to the Chiefs, Foles enters this stage of his career with zero expectations. Instead, Foles has the opportunity to go back to quarterback school with the man that drafted him in 2012 setting the stage for the next evolution of his NFL career.