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Kansas City Chiefs: Nick Foles Could Be Missing Piece

Dec 6, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 27-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 27-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Kansas City Chiefs made a statement on Wednesday night when they signed former Eagles and Rams quarterback Nick Foles to a contract. Could Foles be the missing piece for this team?

No one was more confused by the Chiefs being interested in Nick Foles than I was, and I even wrote an article about it. Well, good thing I’m not a professional, folks, because the Chiefs did indeed sign Foles.

Now the question is… Why? What did John Dorsey and Andy Reid see in this acquisition? I thought about it a lot and ultimately came to the conclusion of Nick Foles is an insurance policy for the team this year.

The Chiefs have a chance to seriously contend for the Super Bowl this year. That’s something that hasn’t been said since the 2003 season when Dick Vermeill was the head coach in Kansas City.

With a Super Bowl window closing at any moment, the Chiefs knew one of their biggest weaknesses this season was at backup quarterback. The last three seasons they had a nice one in Chase Daniel (who even won the team a game in 2014), but Daniel signed with Philadelphia for a boatload of money.

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Sure, there’s been a lot of hype around Tyler Bray and his rocket of an arm, but we haven’t seen the kid play in the regular season at all. Same goes for Aaron Murray.

Now I’ll admit when the Chiefs drafted Murray two years ago, I was pumped. I seriously thought the former Georgia Bulldog could be the quarterback of the future in Kansas City, but after Bray received an extension midway through the season last year, and the team drafted Kevin Hogan, Murray’s time as a Chief appeared to be about over.

With Foles in town, the question for the backup spot is no longer existent. We know Foles will be backing up Alex Smith and I think that’s the best bet for this situation. Really the only way standing in the Kansas City Chiefs’ way of making a run at a championship this year is a major injury.

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If Smith were to get hurt at any point in the season and miss a critical amount of time, the Chiefs’ hopes for a title could be dashed. Depending on Bray, Hogan, or Murray to go out and win football games would be tough.

It might seem weird to describe a backup quarterback as the missing piece, but Foles provides insurance in that situation. He’s been an NFL starter before and knows what it takes to win games.

So, yes, while I wasn’t really on board with the signing at first, I’ve come around on the fact that Nick Foles just might be the missing puzzle piece for the Kansas City Chiefs heading into the 2016 season.