Sunday August, 9, 2015 By: Alec McChesney The Sports Table
The Saint Louis Rams have officially inked a deal with Nick Foles for the next two years. Foles, who was just recently traded to the Rams for former quarterback Sam Bradford, signed a two year deal worth 24.5 million including 14 million being guaranteed. Rams fans from all over are letting their voices be heard, with both positive and negative reactions, but, here are 5 reasons why the Nick Foles signing is a good thing for the Saint Louis Rams.
1. High School and College Nick Foles' track record begins way before his days in Philadelphia. Foles was a two year Varsity starter for Westlake High School, where Pro Bowl Quarterback Drew Brees previously attended. In his two years there, Foles passed for 5,658 yards and 56 touchdowns, torching records held by Drew Brees. His play during his high school days were good enough to land him scholarships across the country, but he ultimately decided to attend Big 10 power-house, Michigan. After transferring to Arizona, he beat out would be quarterback Matt Scott, and ran away with the starting position. In his senior season, threw for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. All of this success in high school and college gave him the opportunity to be drafted in the third round by the Philadelphia Eagles.
2. His early success Foles did not wait long to get his NFL career running, even though he was competing against the once legendary Michael Vick. As a rookie, Nick competed in seven games, six of which were NFL starts. In his seven games, Foles averaged 242 passing yards per game...Sam Bradford's high was 241 yards per game. Without Bradford, the Rams typically averaged less than 200 yards per game in the air. In his second season, Foles took over the starting job just six games into the season. In his ten starts, he finished with 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He threw a touchdown pass on 8.2 percent of his passes! The Rams quarterback position averages a touchdown pass on less that three percent of their passes since 2008. It's time for a quarterback who can finish in the Red Zone and Nick Foles is the guy. Not only was Nick Foles invited to the Pro Bowl that year, he was named the Pro Bowl Offensive MVP.
3. The Deal Itself The deal is for two years at 24.5 million total and a reported 14 million being guaranteed. So basically, were giving Nick Foles 14 million and then 12.25 per year over the next two years. The 14 million guaranteed is right at the average for a good NFL quarterback and 12.25 million per year puts Foles out of the top 20 paid quarterbacks in the NFL. We are paying a guy who had 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in his sophomore season, top 25 QB money and no one can complain about that. Not only is it great money wise, but it is nice for Foles to know that he isn't playing for his contract or his life here in Saint Louis. He knows now that he has security and can continue to grow with the coaching staff and players.
4. Nick Foles has Fire and Will When was the last time we as Rams fans had the pleasure of watching a Quarterback with talent, fire, and a will to win? I know, Sam Bradford had the talent, but he lacked the it factor. Austin Davis had fire and a will to win, but lacked the talent to bring everything together. Nick Foles is finally going to be the quarterback that we deserve. He has the talent, as he showcased with 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, he has a will to win, and he especially has fire. I still can recall a game last season where Foles was running up and down the field to get everyone into line for a play, they were able to get the play off just in time, resulting in a touchdown and a game winner. During his rookie season, he beat two Redskin defenders to run in the game-winning touchdown. These are just a few of the examples that Rams fans should get used to seeing over the next few years.
5. Because, who else is going to play? I understand that some people do not believe that Nick Foles is the savior of the franchise, the man to keep the team in Saint Louis, etc. But, he is better than any other option we have tried thus far. In his short career, he has posted much better numbers than Sam Bradford ever did. In his sophomore season, he threw for more touchdowns than Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, and Kellen Clemens did combined over the last two seasons. Nick Foles is the starting quarterback for the Saint Louis Rams and all Rams fans should be excited when they hear that.
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