“Obviously, it’s a huge game in Los Angeles, Carson played really, really well, Nick came in and won the game for us, we had the best record in football, and you think, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re not going to be going forward with our great young quarterback,'” Lurie said.
By Peter Gleason
Eagles owner had that December flashback last night at the Super Bowl media night, and two playoff wins later, Nick Foles has the Eagles in the Super Bowl and Lurie thinking back on an offseason move that didn’t look as important at the time as it turned out to be.
“Our priority, as you’ve seen, is to make sure we have the very best possible other starting quarterback,” Lurie said. “I won’t even call [Foles] a backup, because we had him evaluated as a very strong quarterback. He’s been 18-5 for us over the last 23 games when Nick has started a game and finished. His quarterback rating in the postseason — he’s a big-time, big-game player. That’s Nick.
“And we utilized about $12 million to have a second quarterback. And it may have seemed irrational, but I remember the phone call when it was [executive vice president of football operations] Howie [Roseman] and I talking, and we said, ‘We have an opportunity to do this. Do you have any reservations of using this $12 million this way versus other positions?’ And we both agreed this was absolutely the right thing to do. We never knew it would come to this, but we knew that Nick could win big games for us.”