Do the Jaguars Have What Nick Foles Wants?
Even if the Jacksonville Jaguars make a pitch to acquire Nick Foles this offseason, does the Eagles signal caller want to come to play for this organization? Does this franchise have enough to entice him to come here?
Are the Jacksonville Jaguars the team destined to acquire Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles this offseason? Possibly. But there are some things to consider before this happens.
I was just minding my business and scrolling through my Twitter feed as I sat at my desk in perfect procrastination mode when this little nugget by Hays Carlyon of 1010XL.com caught my attention.
I read Carlyon’s article to see where he was going with it since he’s a local guy that’s been banging the “Foles to Jags” drum as loud as anyone, and even though I don’t think bringing Foles here makes any long-term sense and even very little short-term sense, he did make some pretty decent arguments in his 2-part “Ideal Nick Foles Plan” regarding scenarios on how to acquire the 7 year journeyman.
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"Everything was going just fine until I read this line, “The Jaguars are negotiating from a position of strength because so few teams will be in the free-agent market at quarterback.”"
Are you kidding me?
Negotiating for a quarterback from a position of strength would require us to have something in place that’s desirable from a quarterback’s perspective. But rather than just write it off as one of my drunk uncle’s, whiskey-fueled ramblings, I wanted to dig in a bit and see if I could come up with a checklist that Foles (or any other potential free agent quarterback) would be able to check off as they mull over if DUUUVAL is the place for him.
Studs at wide receiver? Having a group of studs catching the ball can make even an average signal caller appear almost Hall of Fame worthy. Well, as I wrote about a week ago, we’re dead last in that category. Getting Marqise Lee back next year will help Nick Foles, but without better coaching, we’re still bottom five. No help there.
A solid running game? Leonard Fournette had his guarantees voided. Carlos Hyde was completely unproductive and could be a cap casualty if we need to pay for said quarterback. Both T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant are hitting free agency themselves. So that leaves the quarterback with a malcontent running back who’s averaging less than 4 yards per catch and an unknown second-year player in David Williams. Not exactly the greatest of selling points.
There must be a solid offensive line to pass behind? Oooohhhhhh. Not sure what to tell you there. We were decimated last year and basically signing guys off the street if they were 300 pounds and could pass a drug test.
Well then, Money! That’s what every free agent is really after, right? We’ll just pay him to forget about the rest of it. Back up the Brinks truck, baby! Wait… what’s that? Yeah… nevermind. JK.
So I did some research of my own because I feel that it’s bad form to rip someone’s opinion without at least offering some sort of alternative. Because obviously, we have to have something here that would appeal to quarterbacks, since according to local media, we’d have the Lombardi Trophy here in Jacksonville if it weren’t for No. 5 holding us back.
So here is an extensive list of all of my alternative ideas that the Jacksonville media types will likely use to lure their “Journeyman Savior” into TIAA Bank Field: He’s not Blake Bortles.
Basically, that’s all that most in this city seem to want. The simple fact that his name is not Blake will have grown men literally fawning over the new quarterback like a bunch of 6th graders, standing around a table full of cookie crumbs and half-empty paper cups of red fruit punch, while staring at the new girl across the gym at the Spring Dance.
Don’t forget to tip your waitresses. I’ll be here all week.