After an improbable playoff run that ended in a Super Bowl victory and an MVP trophy, people are beginning to wonder what the future for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will be.
With one year left on his contract Nick Foles is set to return to Philadelphia in 2018. After his stellar Super Bowl performance, questions began to emerge on the quarterbacks future. In response to some of those question I would like to say there is no quarterback controversy in Philadelphia. The Eagles’ front office is planning on the return of Carson Wentz to the starting position prior to the start of the 2018 season. Barring any setbacks with his injury, it is realistic for Wentz to be ready for the start of the season.
This run by Nick Foles certainly proves the value of having a reliable backup quarterback. The Eagles have to believe that Nick Foles is their backup quarterback. As Wentz recovers from complete tears in both his MCL and ACL, the Eagles’ front office will be weary of trading Nick Foles until Wentz has proven that he is back to complete health. Nick is a crucial part of the roster given the aggressive, athletically wild style of play of franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. Not to downplay the athletically gifted Wentz but his style does make him more prone to injury, making Foles an even more valuable commodity.
There will obviously be trade talks targeting Foles this off season. The Eagles will listen to the calls, hear what the market has to offer for their Super Bowl champion backup quarterback. Every player has a price. And that’s what the focus will be for the Eagles front office. What is the price?
Keeping Foles as the backup through the duration of his contract seems to be the most likely scenario. With Wentz recovering from injury, Foles could be the ultimate safety net. A Super Bowl MVP as a safety net, can’t get much better than that.
Doug Pederson just out-coached the greatest coach of all time.
Doug Pederson just out-coached Bill Belichick while leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
It’s amazing to look at Pederson’s story. A mere ten years ago he was coaching a high school football team in Louisiana. Calling plays for boys who were still worrying about getting into college and what they would be doing this weekend with their girlfriends. In 2008, Pederson left his high school head coaching job for a entry level position with the Philadelphia Eagles. Beginning as offensive quality control coordinator, Pederson spent countless hours breaking down film and doing whatever was asked of him within the organization. Pederson made his way up the ranks, eventually being named the quarterbacks coach in 2011, he further advanced his career by joining Kansas City as offensive coordinator in 2013. After spending two years in Kansas City, Pederson returned to Philadelphia. In his return he was crowned a masterful new title, Head Coach.
As head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Pederson has transformed the team into a family. It is clearly evident that the locker-room is behind the head coach and every decision he makes. After losing his first-round, MVP caliber quarterback, Pederson turned to Nick Foles and transformed Nick into a Super Bowl MVP.
In the Super Bowl, Pederson shined. Pederson’s offense pulled all its tricks out to top Bill Belichick on the biggest of stages. Pederson proved his genius with his superb play calling. It wasn’t just the play calling that was impressive but the ability of Pederson to adapt and modify the offense to match the skill set of his new starting quarterback, Nick Foles. As I watched the game progress I continually saw the magic of Pederson’s offense. Pederson did a masterful job of blending many college concepts into the NFL game, creating his own unique offensive scheme that outsmarted Belichick and the Patriots defense.
Pederson undoubtedly, in my eyes, deserved the Coach of the Year award. It still baffles me that he only received 1 out of 50 votes at the NFL Honors award show. But, his hard work was not unrewarded. Pederson will return to Philly a hero. Head Coach of a Championship team. Etched into Eagles history, Pederson will not soon be forgotten
What a thriller of a game. Nick Foles showed up and played the best damn game of his life. I never saw any panic from him, he just showed up and balled out. Foles treated the Super Bowl like any other game, shredding the non-existent Patriots defense. Doug Pederson’s genius play calling was on full display as Foles had every opportunity to use the weapons surrounding him, as well as making some stellar plays himself (you know; that one time he CAUGHT a touchdown pass).
Unlike I predicted, Belichick could not make the halftime adjustments needed to win the ball game. Matt Patricia’s defense had no answers all night. Forcing Brady and the offensive unit to carry the Patriots. And boy did Brady carry them. A 40-year-old man threw for 505 yards on 48 passing attempts. Come on, think about that, that is insane. Brady threw for 500 yards in a Super Bowl, the first QB to do so, allowing three receivers (Amendola, Hogan, Gronkowski) to have 100+ receiving yards. New England only committed one penalty and only punted once and some how it wasn’t enough. Who would have thought…
Entertaining every step of the way, the sports world watched in awe, admiring the beauty of such an unpredictable sport. Philadelphia most likely will not survive the night but, it sure is cool to see droughts end and people rejoice in happiness. Sports fans always win. Nick Foles won. Philadelphia won. Meek Mill won. For the first time in history, The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions.
With Super Bowl LII approaching, this match-up is a tale of two completely different teams. The New England Patriots have dominated the league, creating the NFL’s most successful dynasty in the process. The Patriots are aiming to win their third Super Bowl in four years, repeating as champions. This scenario is all too similar to the 2005 matchup in Super Bowl XXXIX, where the Patriots faced a similar foe in the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles look to avoid another defeat and claim the franchises first Super Bowl title. The Eagles have worked through various injuries throughout the season, most notable the season ending injuries to MVP candidate Carson Wentz and All Pro left tackle Jason Peters. The Eagles will have to rely on the talent surrounding their backup quarterback, Nick Foles, who excelled last week against the Vikings.
The game will be a close and tough contested battle. The Eagles will take a lead into halftime, due to the athleticism and talent of the Eagles roster. But, once Belichick has a chance to look at the film and make halftime adjustments the Patriots will begin to take somewhat command of the game. The game will certainly be close, the Patriots have an average winning margin of 3.8 points in Super Bowl victories. I believe that it will come down to Brady being Brady, cementing his legacy by leading a game winning drive to capture his record sixth Super Bowl title.
Final Score: Patriots 34 Eagles 27