Nick Foles
Nick Foles credits Frank Reich for his success. Is it possible that Reich was the secret sauce to the Eagles Super Bowl run in 2017? (Tim Tai/Philadelphia Inquirer)

Nick Foles will forever be loved in the city of Philadelphia for winning the Super Bowl in 2017. One of the unsung heroes for that run is Frank Reich, who did a masterful job as a play-caller. Of course, Reich has since been hired as the head coach of the Colts.

Should we give more credit to Reich for the success of Foles during that run? The answer is probably yes. Foles even said so himself and credited Reich for maximizing his talent.

“He was the one who really figured me out as a player,” Foles said to reporters on Wednesday, “and realized that we had it all wrong. And they just threw some plays out there one day and they said ‘just go play these plays.’ We studied you, these are the plays you do and, sure enough, something triggered inside of me.”

“And he figured me out as a player to where even during games when I’d come to the sidelines, usually coaches want to coach you up and do all this,” Foles said. “He’d just say, ‘just keep doing it, just keep doing it.’ He wouldn’t say much. At first, it was a little weird because you’re not used to a coach doing that, but he’s like, ‘I trust you, go do your thing.’ I think no matter what, if I threw an interception or I threw a touchdown, he cared more about the person than the player and that says a lot about him and that’s why I have all the respect in the world.

“Anyone who’s played for Frank will probably say the same thing. I know that when he went to Indianapolis from Philly, we were all sad to see him go but happy for his opportunity to be a head coach because we knew he deserved it just because of the man he is. He obviously, as y’all can tell, means a lot to me and it’s a lifelong relationship.”

It’s starting to become clear here that Reich had a significant impact. Carson Wentz was never better than that 2017 season when he would have won the MVP if he didn’t tear his ACL. Maybe it’s Doug Pederson who is at fault here for Wentz’s struggles. Howie Roseman sure isn’t doing him any favors either.