2019 was supposed to be special for quarterback Nick Foles. He led the Philadelphia Eagles to two miraculous playoff runs, and cashed in on an $88 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars to prove his worth as a starting signal caller. But it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for the Super Bowl LII MVP.
Foles opened up about his nightmarish year in Jacksonville to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark, calling it "one of the most challenging years" of his NFL career.
“Against Tampa Bay, had a rough couple quarters and ultimately was benched and booed out of the stadium,” Foles said, via NBC Sports. “I remember those feelings and I feel every one of those emotions. But at the end of the day, I realized what was on my heart at that time was, ‘man, God, this isn’t fun, I don’t enjoy this.'"
That was just a snippet of the eyeopening interview. Foles also mentioned that he kept in contact with his former head coach and mentor, Doug Pederson, on how to deal with his roller coaster season in Jacksonville. It's important to note that Pederson knows all about the trials and tribulations of being a quarterback that's constantly on the move.
Foles' Jaguars career never got off on the right foot. Prior to the start of the regular season, Foles and his wife Tori dealt with the miscarriage of their second child. In Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, the eight-year veteran suffered a broken cleft clavicle after taking a hit on a touchdown pass. In his absence, sixth-round selection Gardner Minshew impressed, making his leash ever shorter once reentering the starting lineup. Then, of course, the Jags opted to trade Foles to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
With 2019 behind him, Foles will set his focus on leading the Bears to success, but he'll first have to out-duel Mitchell Trubisky for the starting QB job.