Nick Foles penned an emotional goodbye to Philadelphia, and is now officially the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had his introductory press conference on Thursday, and there were a few notable bits for Eagles fans.
It was a bit of a different vibe than the introductory pressers by the Eagles, with Foles sitting next to the Jaguars’ Tom Coughlin, David Caldwell, and Doug Marrone — rather than by himself at a podium.
On being the franchise guy
He said it’s a really special moment in his career to be a franchise quarterback, and having a team put that kind of faith in him and his potential.
“My wife and I love Philadelphia, that’s why we sent our thank you letters. And they know that.”
But, the opportunity to be a franchise quarterback is the reason he chose to pay back his bonus with the Eagles in order to explore free agency. They felt it was that time in their lives to make a move and take on a bigger role.
On wearing No. 7
Foles said that’s always been his number. He always wore No. 7 when he was a kid and in high school, but even as early as his college career veteran players already had it. This is his first opportunity in his adult career that he’s had a chance to wear No. 7 again.
On his relationship with DeFilippo
He said that’s someone he’s been with on the biggest stages, and they are super familiar with each other and know how each other works. He said he’s excited to have that established familiarity, because you don’t always have that when going to a new team.
I guess when you’re paying a guy over $50 million in guarantees, you get your money’s worth of following his every move.
This is him arriving on the plane:
Here’s 19 minutes of him arriving to TIAA Bank Field for the first time:
He also got a new haircut:
Jaguars QB Nick Foles arriving at TIAA Bank Field pic.twitter.com/xZXtojiTdL— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) March 14, 2019
This is him signing his contract: