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Frank Reich on bringing in QB Nick Foles: 'I wanted Nick since I've been here'

5/26/2022 2:58:47 PM
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Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich and Nick Foles developed a close relationship in Philadelphia in 2017 when Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator and Foles would replace an injured Carson Wentz and lead Philly into the playoffs and to a 41-33 win over New England in Super Bowl LII. They talk on a regular basis.

Reich’s appreciation for Foles – as a person and a player – never has been a secret, Mike Chappell of FOX 59 in Indianapolis reports.

“You guys know I’ve wanted Nick,’’ he said. “I wanted Nick since I’ve been here to be on this team because I think he’s that good of a player.

“You’ve got a guy in Nick Foles who has proven that he can do it at the biggest level and the biggest stage, in any kind of weather, in any kind of moment.’’

Some backups, Reich noted, are capable of stepping in and managing a game, and perhaps win a game or two with the right supporting cast.

“And there are some that can throw for 500 yards and win a game,’’ he said. “That’s what Nick has proven he can do. He can win a shootout and he can win a close game, make the key plays in a close game.’’

Foles has passed for at least 300 yards 10 times during the regular season, including four 400-plus yard games. In the Eagles’ three-game playoff run to a world title, he passed for 246 yards against Atlanta and 352 in the NFC Championship game win over Minnesota, then went for 373 yards and three TDs in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.

“I just think he adds good depth and now you’ve got two experienced guys,’’ Reich said. “We’re incredibly fortunate.’’

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