But to hear Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid and receiver Jeremy Maclin tell it, the Rams made a wise move bringing Foles in and giving him a two-year contract extension. In town for Thursday's preseason finale, Reid and Maclin -- both of whom spent time with Foles in Philadelphia -- were asked about Foles and both players offered high praise for the Rams' new starting signal-caller.
"You are asking one of Nick Foles’ biggest fans," Reid said. "He is smart, he has good accuracy, and he is a big body. A big strong guy, and he is young. He is going nowhere but up here. He is surrounded by good coaches and good skill players. I think he will do fine. He has to get back into this system. And it is just a matter of time.”
Of course, the Rams and their fans would prefer that it's not a matter of too much time as the Rams enter an important year for their future in town. The Rams clearly agree with Reid, having handed Foles a contract extension before he ever plays in a regular-season game for them.
While Reid obviously has ties to Foles that would indicate a bias, he also coached Foles before he stepped into current Eagles coach Chip Kelly's system. Reid runs a West Coast passing attack similar to what the Rams will ask of Foles so he should have at least some idea of how Foles' skills translate to what the Rams want him to do.
Foles played in seven games with six starts for Reid in 2012 after the Eagles used a third-round pick on him that year. Foles only won one of those starts and threw for 1,699 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions for a rating of 79.1, but he earned the respect of Maclin and Reid in the process.
“I feel for starters, people can expect him to go out there and compete every single day," Maclin said. "That’s the type of person Nick is. He’s also a guy that, as far as talent, can make every throw on the football field. I’ve kind of heard the Rams guys saying ‘In 5 we trust’ and all that other stuff so that just goes to show you the type of respect people give him based off of the type of person he is and the type of player he is.”
Foles and Maclin didn't have many chances to play together because of Maclin's season-ending knee injury before the 2013 season, but even on the bench, Maclin said he could see why teammates were drawn to Foles.
Maclin pointed to a Week 3 win against Washington in 2014 as an example. In that game, Maclin said Foles took a borderline late hit as he threw a pass that was intercepted but overturned by replay. Foles bounced back and drove the Eagles to a 27-yard touchdown toss to Maclin that helped seal the victory.
"It’s just that type of will that he has that people just respect," Maclin said. "He was banged up after that, but it did not affect the way he finished the game.
“[He's] always positive. If anything goes bad, he’s the first one to take responsibility for it. For anyone leading the team, that’s kind of what you want.”