BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Philly, we’ve a quarterback controversy.
It won’t be as contentious as Joe Montana vs. Steve Younger or as explosive as Phil Simms vs. Jeff Hostetler as a result of Carson Wentz, who would have been the common season MVP if he did not rip up his knee late within the season, and Nick Foles, who was the Tremendous Bowl MVP, actually do like and root for one another.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson thought he was going to flee his Monday morning day-after press convention with out having to reply how he plans to deal with Wentz and Foles now that Foles is the No. 1 hero within the historical past of Philadelphia sports activities after delivering the Eagles first championship since 1960.
Foles slugged it out with the Tom Brady in Tremendous Bowl LII and it was Brady, the best quarterback in NFL historical past, who made the essential mistake with the sport on the road.
All Wentz did this season was throw 33 TDs, 7 INTs with an 11-2 file earlier than tearing his ACL and LCL within the 13th recreation. All Foles did was throw for 373 yards and three TDs within the Tremendous Bowl. That could be a good QB depth chart.
So, with the ultimate query Monday, I requested Pederson if Wentz was nonetheless his starter or whether or not he would have an open competitors in coaching camp and will a Tremendous Bowl MVP return to his position as a backup. He mentioned he knew he could not get off the rostrum with out going through what would be the No. 1 scorching button subject in Philly your complete offseason.
“You realize what? We’re simply going to get pleasure from this second,” Pederson mentioned. “We have got a protracted offseason…a very quick offseason now. I am pleased for Nick. I am pleased for the workforce. It isn’t about one man. It is concerning the workforce. We will get pleasure from these subsequent few days.”
Can Foles ever be content material as a backup once more? Can he go from Tremendous Bowl MVP again to the Eagles bench or is he actually being forthcoming together with his pledge of allegiance to the Eagles?
“I am grateful to be part of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Foles mentioned Monday. “I mentioned once I signed with the Eagles that I’m grateful and content material on this second. I am staying within the second. I am not fearful about my future proper now. There will likely be a time and a spot to deal with all that. I take numerous delight in sporting the Philadelphia Eagles jersey. I simply get pleasure from being right here.”
Foles’ market worth won’t ever be increased if GM Howie Roseman elects to commerce him. However groups have to be involved if he’s a two-game surprise in a system that match him completely and a coach that performed to his strengths. He was a bust with the Rams and was a backup with the Chiefs after taking part in effectively early in his profession in his first cease in Philly.
He looks as if a real man who has been by way of sufficient adversity that he simply needs to remain the place he’s comfy. He has one yr left on his contract and any workforce that may be inquisitive about buying and selling for him (Cardinals, Jets, Vikings, Broncos, Browns) would insist on signing him to an extension if they’re going to quit a second-round decide. There is a profitable contract that may include switching groups.
However, he loves the Eagles.
“It is such an ideal workforce. I am excited for Carson Wentz coming again wholesome,” Foles mentioned. “I get to work with him daily. The dude’s a stud. I am simply dwelling within the second. I am not pondering forward.”
Hostetler, Foles and Doug Williams are the one quarterbacks to begin fewer than three video games through the common season and win the Tremendous Bowl. Hoss was not Tremendous Bowl MVP, however he had so much to do with the Giants attending to the sport after which profitable it. They every began the opener the subsequent season.
So, what’s going to the Eagles do about Foles?
He signed a two-year $11 million deal to return to the Eagles this season after Chip Kelly traded him to the Rams in 2015. He obtained a $three million signing bonus and $1 million base wage in 2017. Subsequent season, he is because of be paid $7 million with a $four million base and $three million roster bonus.
Contemplating that Wentz is coming off a significant damage not even two months in the past, Foles will likely be a cost-efficient insurance coverage coverage particularly with Wentz nonetheless on his rookie take care of a wage of simply $1,662,561.
Wentz is already a celebrity. Foles performed nice in 2013 and never once more till the NFC Championship Recreation and Tremendous Bowl. Within the two greatest video games of his life, his totals: 54-of-76 (71%) for 725 yards with six TDs and one INT (it bounced off Alshon Jeffery’s palms).
Can he probably beat out Wentz?
So long as Wentz is wholesome, it is nearly sure he will get his job again. Foles is a superb story however Wentz is the Eagles current and future. The beginning quarterback is a very powerful participant on the roster. The backup quarterback could be as excessive as No. 2 however no decrease than No. 5 behind a move rusher, left deal with and canopy nook. Wentz is such a bodily participant, not afraid to take hits, that having a Tremendous Bowl MVP as a backup is an excellent thought.
Pederson was standing on the rostrum with Wentz with the confetti coming down after the Tremendous Bowl. He gave him recommendation in what needed to be a bittersweet second for Wentz. This had been his workforce and at this second it wasn’t.
“I simply informed him to take this in. Simply get pleasure from this second. You are an enormous, large a part of why this workforce received this championship and received this recreation,” he mentioned. “I informed him hopefully we’ll be again on this recreation with him main the best way.”
For now, till Pederson makes an announcement, Philly has a little bit little bit of a quarterback controversy.