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Five Things to Know About New Chiefs QB Nick Foles

What you need to know about the fifth-year quarterback

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran quarterback Nick Foles to join their roster.

Here are five quick things to know about Foles:

1. He was drafted by Andy Reid

Foles, who stands at a towering 6 feet 6 and 243 pounds, was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round (No. 88 overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Arizona.


The Austin, Texas, native actually spent his freshman season at Michigan State before transferring to Arizona, where he never completed less than 63 percent of his passes or had worse than a 2-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio in his final three years of college.

In his rookie season with the Eagles under then-head coach Andy Reid, Foles made seven starts and completed 61 percent of his passes with 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. In the last four games of his rookie season, Foles completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,157 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

2. He had a breakout season in 2013

After an impressive rookie season, Foles had a breakout year for the Eagles in 2013, finishing with 27 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. It was the best single-season touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history.

His 119.2 passer rating that year led the NFL and was the third-best mark in NFL history.

He was named the MVP of the Pro Bowl that year as well.

3. He played well in the one NFL postseason game to his name

Most people want to know how a player performs when there is the most pressure, and an easy way to do that is to check out playoff statistics.

In his lone action in the playoffs, which came against the New Orleans Saints back in 2013, Foles finished the game having completed 23 of 33 passes for 195 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.

While they still lost the game by a score of 26-24, Foles made sure the Saints earned that victory.

Trailing 20-7 with 16 minutes left in the game, Foles led the Eagles offense back by hitting rookie tight end Zach Ertz for a 3-yard touchdown with 4:54 remaining to take a one-point lead.

Drew Brees and the Saints offense would ultimately respond via a 32-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining, but it was a valiant comeback in the second half.

In the final 16 minutes of the game and on the last three offensive drives for the Eagles, which led to 2 touchdowns and a field goal, Foles completed 9 of 12 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.


In the biggest of moments, Foles gave his team a chance to win.

This game might have also been one of the more interesting quarterback battles in NFL postseason history as Foles squared off against fellow Westlake High School (TX) alum Drew Brees.

NFL Network’s Judy Battista had a great piece about the two leading up to that game.

4. Tied NFL record for touchdown passes in a game on the road against the Raiders

In three games played against the AFC West in 2013, Foles completed 76 percent of his passes with 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, although he only attempted 5 passes in two of those games (San Diego, @ Denver). The third game was against Oakland. 

Any player who ties an NFL record in a game against the Raiders should be all right in the books of Chiefs fans.

Statistically speaking, the best game of Foles' career to date came on the road against the Raiders in 2013, when he went 22 of 28 (79 percent) for 406 yards with 7 touchdowns and no interceptions.

He became just the eighth player in NFL history to throw that many touchdowns in a game, and just the third to do it since 1970 (Peyton Manning vs. Baltimore Ravens, 2013, Drew Brees vs. New York Giants, 2015).

Just a couple of years later, Foles would be part of a trade package that would send him to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford, plus a few draft picks.

He spent last season with the Rams, playing in 11 games and completing 56 percent of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

5. Familiarity with 13 members of the Chiefs football staff

While his connection to coach Reid will grab many of the headlines, the truth is Foles is going to recognize a lot of faces when he reports to training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University.

It wasn't just Reid who was in Philadelphia back in 2012; many members of his staff are currently with the Chiefs now as well. 


Here are 12 people Foles should know from their time together in Philadelphia:

Foles and the Philly connection (2012)


Position w/ PHI

Current position w/ KC

Andy Reid

Head Coach

Head Coach

David Culley

WRs, Senior Offensive Asst.

Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers

Rick Burkholder

Head Trainer

Head Trainer

Tom Melvin

TEs, Off. Asst., Quality control

Tight Ends Coach

Mike Frazier

Statistical Analysis Coordinator

Statistical Analysis Coordinator

Tommy Brasher

Defensive Line

Special Projects

Aaron Borgmann

Athletic Trainer

Assistant Trainer

Barry Rubin

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning

Corey Matthaei

Asst. to Head Coach

Assistant Quarterbacks Coach

Matt Nagy

Coach Asst./Quality control

Co-Offensive Coordinator

Travis Crittenden

Asst. Strength and Conditioning

Asst. Strength and Conditioning

Jeremy Maclin

Wide Receiver

Wide Receiver

From the strength and conditioning staff to the athletic trainers and much of the coaching staff, Foles should feel comfortable with many of the faces he'll see when he reports to camp.

Foles will take the field with his new teammates for the first time on Friday morning at 8:15, and practice is open to the public. 

For all training camp information, check out

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