From my point of view, the decision was an easy one.
Which QB did the Jaguars' front office have so much faith in and so much conviction, that they made him their number one priority this offseason? The answer is Nick Foles.
To me, that's reason enough for the Jaguars to roll with Foles as soon as he's eligible to return to the field in week 11. This is a coaching staff and front office that doesn't have the luxury of job security. They NEED to win now. If the Jaguars aren't in the playoff race late in December, there's a good chance many of the coaches and members of the front office will be searching for new jobs after the season.
So, when you look at the Jaguars' situation with the understanding that this regime is in full win-now mode, the clear choice becomes Foles.
Nick Foles has a history of rallying teams late in the season. The type of football that he's played over the last three years, especially at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs, is precisely what the Jaguars need.
He's been a winner. Foles has gone 10-3 over his last 13 starts (including the playoffs).
He's been accurate. During that same stretch, Foles has completed 67% of his passes.
He has a big arm. Foles has been highly effective deep down the field in recent years and showed off his arm on the very play that cost him the first half of the season. Foles launched a moon shot to DJ Chark and was then speared into the turf by Chris Jones. As Foles was being drilled into the earth, the ball fell effortlessly into the waiting arms of DJ Chark for a 35-yard score.
This is HIS offense. Nick Foles worked closely with John DeFilippo and the rest of the Jaguars' offensive staff to curate this playbook. There will be no limitations when it comes to calling plays.
The goal of the Jaguars' front office and the coaching staff hasn't changed. They're trying to make the playoffs in 2019, and Nick Foles gives them the best chance to do that. At 4-5, The Jaguars' $88 million QB faces a tall task.
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