Well then. It’s been a rocky couple of weeks for the NFC East.
This was to be the week that they all got it back together. For the most part, anyway.
The Eagles were in a good matchup against the Vikings, and it was to be a statement game for them. Overall, this division isn’t shaping up the way most thought at the beginning of the season, and that is giving rise to some concern for the teams.
You guys ever intercept your report cards growing up? Me neither. Okay, well, maybe once or twice. OK fine, 3 times.
Well, it’s the end of the first quarter of the football season, and I’m handing out grades that you can’t intercept!! I’m grading the overall performance of each team.
I’ve graded performances in previous articles, and like those, I’ll be grading on a curve. You ever pass a class because of a grade curve? I may have benefited from that once or twice, so I’ll pay it forward and grade on a curve myself.
Now that those “formalities” are out of the way, let’s get to grading!
Last week I looked at the quarterbacks of the NFC North to preview what their 2019 season may look like. Apparently, you guys liked it, so I’m going to keep that train moving. This week I’m going to take a look at the quarterbacks of the NFC East.
Overall, it’s been a pretty quiet offseason for the NFC East. Outside of the Giants and the Eagles making some blockbuster moves, it’s been pretty calm in terms of free agency.
This week I ask, what will 2019 look like for the NFC East Quarterbacks? And it’s a dubious situation, to say the least, unlike the NFC North, where barring injury, the quarterbacks are pretty solid. Here in the NFC East, it’s not quite the same.
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.
After a rainy night in the Meadowlands, Eagles managed to get an easy win. Now what? I’ll go ahead and volunteer to be a Negative Nancy today because, quite frankly, I am not happy with this win.
After two disappointing back to back losses, a win was desperately needed. Especially against a division rival, and a team with a losing record at that. It just isn’t a sweet victory as say beating the Minnesota Vikings – a team that the Eagles demolished last year in the NFC Championship.
Newly signed and returning wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been another weapon for quarterback Carson Wentz. He added 26 yards for the team, but I think having more options downfield will only help Wentz. WRs Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery continue to shine this season, and having Jeffery back has been a major threat for defenses.
After Week 2’s debacle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Philadelphia Eagles decided they needed to bring starting quarterback Carson Wentz back where he belongs. According to head coach, Doug Pederson, Wentz’s return “wasn’t planned”. It just so happened that he was medically cleared following a loss that Eagles have only themselves to blame. We’ll just go with what Pederson says.
Backup QB Nick Foles will forever be able to call Philadelphia home. Fans will undoubtedly be grateful for eternity since he brought the first-ever Lombardi trophy to Philly. But even a Super Bowl MVP is not immune to the fans’ criticism and Foles has received a lot in these first two games.
As I’m scrolling through social media last night, trying to catch up on all sorts of the day’s news, I come across a gem of a tweet from Fox Sports’ radio personality Colin Cowherd.
For some reason, he has an issue with Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach, Doug Pederson, writing a book this off-season, Fearless. I’m assuming this book is based on the road to winning the Super Bowl (I’m not sure yet, I haven’t read it) and Cowherd has taken offense to that.
Yes, yes, I know it’s “only” preseason, but the way the defense played last night reminded me of the way they played in the Super Bowl – they let Patriots’ QB Tom Brady get away with the short pass plays and let them gain 5+ yards. Fortunately, Philadelphia Eagles won’t play them this season, but the defense needs to clean that up before the regular season begins.
Eagles can go 0-4 these next two games, it won’t mean they aren’t ready for the 2018 season. I think head coach Doug Pederson is working out the kinks and being his usual conservative self, while (starting?) quarterback Carson Wentz is still healing from his torn ACL and waiting to hear when he can start playing 11-on-11.
Until then, (backup?) QB Nick Foles is preparing himself just in case. Foles sat out the first preseason game with back pains, but played the first half against the Patriots and finished 3-of-9 with 44 yards and one turnover. He suffered a shoulder injury sometime in the first half.
After the game, Foles said he felt “pretty good” but told reporters he will undergo tests on his shoulder today.