Do the Jaguars go all in for QB Nick Foles?
By David Levin
Now that John DiFilippo is on board as the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator, does the organization make a strong effort to acquire Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles?
Once the team announced it had hired former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DiFilippo in the same capacity with coaching staff, the about the Jacksonville Jaguars could be felt by the fan base far and wide.
Does this mean the team will try to acquire Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles? It has been a topic of conversation throughout the season nationally and discussed amongst the masses here in North Florida. Foles, who could become a free agent this offseason, has a history with DiFillippo when he was quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia before moving on to the Vikings.
"“The Jacksonville Jaguars finalized their 2019 coaching staff on Wednesday, including the hiring of John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator,” writes FanSided’s Brett Berreman. “As they get set part ways with Blake Bortles and with Nick Foles set to be available, bringing in DeFilippo may not have been an accident.”"
Is it a match made in Jaguars lore that will lead to success at the NFL’s most important position? Will it revive a dying offense? Can Foles deliver magic in Jacksonville like he has in the past in Philadelphia, which included a Super Bowl title just a year ago?
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It’s a lot to expect from someone who hasn’t even addressed his own offseason yet. While Foles deflected the questions about his future before the Eagles divisional playoff game last week against the New Orleans Saints, now it’s a hot topic in Philadelphia and Jacksonville and possibly a half dozen other cities with quarterback issues of their own to solve.
Last year , the Jaguars used a dominant defense and a running game that controlled the clock to beat opponents. This past season, the defense took a step back, the running game because a miserable impersonation of what could have been. DiFilippo will be asked to give this offense a complete makeover, but more important than that, he will be asked to help his players find the endzone early and often.
Foles holds all the cards right now about how he wants to spend his future in the NFL. The Eagles have stated they want to continue toward another Super Bowl push with Carson Wentz as their starter. Foles has stated he wants to be a starter in this league.
"Something will have to give. Foles probably played his last down of football in Philadelphia last week. There is a catch to all of this related to money and sense. As Berreman wrote, “Technically, the Eagles control Foles’ 2019 rights with a $20 million option they have until the essentially week after the Super Bowl, 30 days before start of the league year, to exercise.“But Foles has some unique power, as he can give back his $2 million 2018 signing bonus and become a free agent.”"
The Jaguars may hope that is the case. This is only speculation right now, but the Blake Bortles era in Jacksonville took another hit with DiFilippo coming onboard. It’s time to move the train forward with a chance to do great things on offense is the puzzle pieces fall into place. Bringing Foles in will cost this team money and/or draft picks. Now, it’s worth the gamble.
Whether it is Foles or another signal caller, the Jaguars will move on to another starter next season. DiFilippo can put his own stamp on this offense with one move that should make Jaguars fans happy. In reality, it still remains to be seen if the Foles era in North Florida will become a reality.