Despite a 6-7 record, the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles season has one striking similarity to their Super Bowl-winning campaign.
With its franchise quarterback's season in jeopardy, Philadelphia will once again turn to backup Nick Foles. After leading the team to its first-ever Lombardi Trophy in February, Foles' teammates remain confident in the signal-caller.
"I saw Nick, a lot of guys saw Nick, and kind of called him out," tight end Zach Ertz said, according to ESPN's Tim McManus. "I just wanted everyone to know that everyone has full confidence in the guy. No one is asking him to do too much. We just want him to be himself. But at the same time, guys love playing for him. Guys love his personality. And I wanted him to know that everyone had his back."
The defending champions will need some help if they are to secure a second straight playoff berth, but the players know they were similarly counted out less than a year ago.
"We've seen what Nick can do," defensive end Brandon Graham said. "It's going to be interesting, if that's the case."
Foles will be a free agent following the season, so repeating his high level of play from last year's playoffs could reap both team and personal benefits in the future.