The Philadelphia Eagles are in a unique situation. I’m not talking about basking in replays of a victory parade after a city has won its first NFL championship. I’m referring to the fact that their backup quarterback was the deserving MVP of the Super Bowl.
A lot of people are probably looking at the quarterback situation in Philadelphia as a beautiful problem to have—two quarterbacks capable of winning games in the NFL? Enough teams struggle to find one quarterback able to win much less two.
And therein lies the problem.
The Eagles are going to receive a lot of phone calls over the coming months to move Nick Foles out of Philadelphia. If Brock Osweiler was able to parlay his mistake-free late-season play with the Broncos into $70 million, owners and GMs will likely toss more at Foles and a bevy of picks and players at the Eagles.
From Philadelphia’s perspective, the decision is difficult and muddled. The points in favor of moving Foles out of Philadelphia lie in the risk of creating a quarterback controversy should Carson Wentz not be able to start come week one of the 2018 season. Say Foles starts the season and things pick up right where they left off with Foles chucking bombs into the end zone to Alshon Jeffery. Now what?
Say Wentz is able to start week one but struggles to get back to playing form. Say he starts soaring a couple wide-open passes. Say he gains a new hesitancy to run because the coaches told him he couldn’t keep seeking contact and the offense grows stagnant. Now what?
Millions of fans start looking at number nine on the sidelines, picturing him with a championship shirt over his shoulder pads wondering if the Eagles should go back to the guy who saved their last season and delivered a long sought after championship.
The guy who saved their season—therein lays the first reason for keeping him. Without a backup as capable of Foles, the Eagles likely wouldn’t have had that parade playing on repeat on the local NBC. Outside of the Patriots, the NFL’s playoff turnover rate of 50% is no joke. Windows close so quickly that having a viable backup could be the very thing that saves a season. Everyone knew that last year was the time to win for the Eagles given the number of injuries around the league and the path being slightly easier.
For a quarterback who was ready to quit football no more than two years ago, he is now one of the focal points of the NFL’s offseason. With the plethora of bold moves the Eagles have made in the past few offseasons, the look of the roster come week one of 2018 is anyone’s guess.
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