By Roxana Herrera //@rxnlzbth
In a press conference held by Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson, they all but said goodbye to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
When asked who will be starting next season, Pederson told reporters Carson Wentz will be the starting quarterback moving forward.
After sitting out games nursing an ACL injury, Wentz watched his team win a Superbowl led by a backup quarterback. If that wasn’t motivation enough to come back with a vengeance, well, I don’t know what is.
After an MVP-esque 2017 season, Wentz sat out the final few games after tearing his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams. No one could have predicted what happened next, sparking a quarterback debate on who should be the next franchise QB for the Eagles that lasted longer than it should have.
Nick Foles’ magical season came to a disheartening end last Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. A questionable play call was made with one second left before the two-minute warning, and a rare missed ball by receiver Alshon Jeffery, sliding threw his hands, leading to the almost certainty of Foles’ departure. With it goes the mythical discussion of Foles vs Wentz.
Even Wentz realized what the loss meant and admitted it was “frustrating” not getting to play in the playoffs for the second year in a row. “You want to play postseason football. I still have zero games of postseason football under my belt. I realize I have a lot to prove in that regard. I’m confident that I will get a chance to do that.”
Pederson praised Foles and their unique situation in having two very capable quarterbacks:
Doug Pederson says Carson Wentz is young QB and can learn from some of the things Nick Foles did
“We’ve been blessed to have this type of quarterback room”
“It’s valuable experience being able to watch guys like Nick” pic.twitter.com/0D1AnnyNUL
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 15, 2019
Both quarterbacks essentially paved the way for how quarterbacks will be seen moving forward in the NFL. It isn’t impossible to have a backup quarterback come in and lead the team to the playoffs with all the pressure on his shoulders only to shatter all doubts. That’s what every head coach looks for when picking up QBs, but it’s never easy. Nick Foles has proven that he can bring a team together and he deserves another chance to be the starting quarterback, but the Eagles drafted Wentz for a reason and he was always going to be their guy.
Foles will always be a hero in the eyes of any Eagles fan. He brought the first Super Bowl to the franchise. But behind that success, there will be the argument that Wentz was the one who took the team that far and made Philly a shoo-in for the playoffs. Would Wentz have also brought the trophy home had he not gotten injured? We will never know. However, he was drafted for a reason.
Foles has expressed his sentiments towards wanting to lead a team, and he has earned that opportunity. As an Eagles fan, it will be a bittersweet moment whenever the time comes to officially end his time in Philadelphia.
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