Nick Foles: It was Frank Reich 'who figured me out as a player'


In Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season, Nick Foles recaptured some of the magic that propelled him to legendary status in Philly sports. Whether it's his inspired 2017-18 playoff run or his magical 27-touchdown, two-interception season, Foles is known for his ability to turn his game up a notch and play up to par with the best quarterbacks in the league. That was seen in his Bears debut, as he filled in for Mitch Trubisky and led Chicago on an amazing comeback with three touchdowns in a 20-point fourth quarter to defeat Atlanta.

With the starting job temporarily his, he faces a much stiffer defense than that of the Falcons when the Colts come to town in Week 4. But more significant than that matchup is Foles' face off with Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich.

Reich spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Eagles, the latter of which concluded with Foles' Super Bowl MVP performance and led to his hiring in Indianapolis. As it is one of the big story lines heading into the contest, both figures were asked about each other, and their answers did not disappoint.

Foles credited Reich with a major development in his game.

With the Eagles and Carson Wentz struggling majorly so far in 2020, and with Wentz's best season coming in 2017 under Reich's offense, the question comes to mind of just how important Reich was in helping the Eagles to succeed, and, conversely, whether or not the team's current coaching staff can bring back the glory that they helped to create.

Reich had immensely high praise for Foles, too (via Cam Ellis of NBC Sports Chicago):

"Nick is about as unflappable of a person as I've ever been around. He’s a very unique player in that regard. Extremely talented. He’s a big-time passer; this guy, he just has this knack for making big plays like few I’ve ever seen, and then he has this knack for coming up big in big moments. In the biggest moments, that’s usually when he’s at his best. So, the utmost respect for him as a player, and then personally, you get close with these guys, and obviously really close with Nick personally as well. He’s a stud, man, this guy’s a stud player. We’ll have our hands full this week."

A big win against the Colts could help cement Foles' status as the starter in Chicago's offense and further muddy the future of Mitch Trubisky. But Bears fans and Colts fans definitely aren't the only intrigued parties, as Eagles fans will be taking note of what happens in this game with a watchful and nostalgic eye.

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