So, why did the Kansas City Chiefs sign Nick Foles? The easiest way to explain it is experience. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked this afternoon what the Foles signing says about the other quarterbacks - Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan - and he pointed to Foles’ experience.
“The one thing Nick has that these other guys don’t is his experience,” Reid said via quotes from the Chiefs. “I think these other guys are going to be tremendous. We have a great stable of guys at that position. What a position to be in. It’s a win-win situation.”
The other Chiefs backups have never taken a regular season snap while Foles has thrown for over 8,000 yards in his career.
This is tricky for Reid. He still has his other young quarterbacks and may not know what he’s going to do with them yet. He doesn’t want to alienate any of them by saying, We had to sign Foles because we’re afraid of going into the season with these other guys!
Adam Teicher asked Reid what the signing means for starter Alex Smith.
“It’s Alex’s football team, this has nothing to do with Alex,” Reid said. “In fact, Nick and Alex are friends. They were both in the Pro Bowl together and have stayed in touch. Nick knows that it’s Alex’s team and Alex knows that it’s his team. Let’s go play.”
There is a team option for a second year that could reportedly pay Foles as much as $16 million, presumably based on several factors (like him winning a Super Bowl this year). So it could have a little something to do with Alex next year, maybe.