For the past two years, the Philadelphia Eagles have had one of the best problems you can have in the NFL: two very capable starting quarterbacks on their roster.
Their preferred first choice has always been the youngster Carson Wentz, who they drafted second overall in 2016. Wentz has the talent to become MVP, but he’s been hampered by injuries early in his career. Luckily for the Eagles, their backup during this time span has been veteran Nick Foles. Foles, who was drafted in the third round by the Eagles in 2012, could’ve started for many other teams the past two seasons. Instead, he sat behind the presumptive franchise quarterback and return to the team that drafted him.
The Return of Fol
Foles’ decision to return in 2017 played out brilliantly for the Eagles, as he’s stepped in for the team on huge occasions. When Wentz went down towards the end of last year, Foles shocked the football world.
The 29-year-old led the Eagles, who were viewed as underdogs in every playoff game, to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history against the vaunted New England Patriots. Very few people thought that Foles could carry the team the way that Wentz had all season. However, he proved all the doubters wrong, en route to winning Super Bowl MVP.
This season nearly played out the same way, as Wentz again got injured towards the end of the year. Foles helped rally a fledgling Eagles team into the sixth seed in the NFC. In the first round, they upset the Chicago Bears off a double-doink blocked field-goal. However, the Foles magic simply ran out the next week against the New Orleans Saints.The always-sure-handed Alshon Jeffrey let the ball slip through his hands and into the defender’s grasp. Lightning rarely strikes twice, and it sure didn’t for the Eagles and Foles.
Same Story, New Season
The Eagles are now faced with a tough decision as to what they should do with the quarterbacks moving forward. Wentz is expected to be back from his back injury and Foles is under contract for next season.
Last year, the Eagles had the luxury of not worrying who would start Week 1; Wentz was still recovering from his ACL tear so Foles was given the first two weeks to start. This season though, both quarterbacks will be healthy and both have a case to be the starter.
What are the Eagles to Do?
So what should the Eagles do with this dilemma? They should hold onto Wentz and trade Foles to a team for either players or draft picks.
Although Foles was the one that led them to glory, they never would’ve been in that position had it not been for Wentz’s MVP-worthy season. Wentz led the team to an 11-2 record, something that wouldn’t have happened if Foles had started the whole season. There is no denying that Wentz left Foles in a great position, giving him an inspired team with the best record in the NFL.
As fans saw this postseason, it was much harder for Foles to duplicate his success from the year before. This season, the Eagles struggled throughout the
Although it’s tough to choose against a Super Bowl MVP, Wentz should be the starting quarterback for the Eagles for the next decade. He has shown the ability to carry a team all season long, at a high-caliber level. He played all 16 games his rookie
There is no denying that Foles is capable of leading a franchise to the ultimate prize. Although he did it in relief for Wentz and the Eagles, he has shown the grit needed to flourish in the biggest of moments.
Foles’ best bout of play came under Chip Kelly in the 2013 season. Foles impressed many that year by putting up some of the most efficient quarterbacking numbers ever, throwing for 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in 10 games. Yet, that success was never sustained and Foles bounced from team-to-team, until he landed back with the Eagles as a backup.
In the end, the Eagles should stick it out with the guy they originally drafted to be their franchise quarterback. For the Eagles they should try to win more Super Bowls with Wentz, the younger quarterback with the higher ceiling. Rarely does an NFL team face this sort of dilemma, but the Eagles are well-equipped to deal with it. All they have to do is commit to one and trade the other.