Will the addition of free agent quarterback Nick Foles be enough for the Jacksonville Jaguars to erase the demons of the 2018 and make the playoffs in 2019?
I love when other writers ask the questions I have been dying to answer regarding the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this case, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com took to the Internet to pose the question most fans here in North Florida want to know. Is Nick Foles enough to turn the offense around?
The player who was signed in free agency to a four-year, $88 million deal is expected to come in and help this team erase the mistakes of bad quarterback play and a run through offensive coordinators during the Blake Bortles era of this franchise. With a Super Bowl ring and MVP in his trophy case, is the 30-year-old enough to get this team over the top?
I say, “No.”
It’s not a matter of Foles not looking the part or showing he can throw a tight spiral into double coverage on a practice field.
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It’s more about the sum of the parts around the Jaguars signal caller. Foles will be an important part of this offense, but he is not a savior like some think.
"“When you’re the guy, I think it’s always easier to be a leader. When you are known as the guy and the team has said, ‘we believe in you to be our guy,’ I think it’s always easier that way. At the same time, Nick is the same guy he was in Philadelphia,” offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said last week when asked about Foles and what he brings to Jacksonville that should help this offense and team on and off the field."
That leadership will go a long way to changing the culture in the locker room and on game day. A true test will be when this team is behind in the fourth quarterback and has to claw its way back to victory or how the team responds to losing a tough game in the closing moments.
Bergman sees the addition of Foles as a four-year window to capitalize on a possible Super Bowl berth and a closing of the door to past mistakes by this organization. He said the Foles-DeFilippo combination should ease the pain the fans and franchise has felt over the past five-plus seasons, but there are other questions regarding this team that Foles cannot answer.
"“… did Duval do enough this offseason to build an offense to compete with Indianapolis in the AFC South and the rest of the AFC?,” Bergman writes. “Leonard Fournette remains an enigma on and off the football field and has big bust potential. Jacksonville’s pass-catching acquisitions — Chris Conley, Geoff Swaim and rookie Josh Oliver — don’t strike fear into the heart of top secondaries.”"
The talent level in Philadelphia was better during the time Foles spent with the team. The defense here with the Jaguars may be better than the Eagles. The offense is an obvious change for the new additions to the team and the coaching staff this season.
"“Hopefully for Jacksonvillians, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” he added."