The 2019 AFC and NFC championship games are settled following Sunday night’s match up between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles offense fell off the map after closing out the first quarter with a 14-0 lead. In the first fifteen minutes it appeared that Nick Foles, the inexplicably talented second string quarterback, would get a chance to bring his team to a second straight Super Bowl, but he finally showed that he isn’t unstoppable in the playoffs, finishing with 201 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. The game ended 20-14 after a perfect pass from Foles went through Alshon Jeffrey’s hands and into the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Despite the sub-par performance from Foles, he is still a super bowl MVP and has a better playoff win percentage than current starters Phillip Rivers, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers.
Two seasons in a row, the Eagles watched their franchise quarterback Carson Wentz get injured in the final three weeks of the season. The Eagles traded up in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL draft to pick Wentz and he has played above and beyond expectations. In only his second year, he led the Eagles to an 11-2 record and was front-runner for MVP before his season ending injury. There wasn’t much optimism around the league for the Eagles. They were going to the playoffs, but Nick Foles hadn’t proved himself as a playoff ready quarterback. Foles won out the season (not counting their week 17 loss to Dallas, as they were resting starters) giving the franchise hope in their new, temporary leader. Foles shined in the playoffs and seemingly proved himself as deserving of a starting role, even if it wasn’t as a Philadelphia Eagle. But in the weeks following the Eagles Super Bowl victory, Carson Wentz was confirmed to start the 2018 season if healthy.
Being the humble man that Foles is, he accepted the back up role, recognizing that the Eagles were Wentz’ team, but when his number was called again at the end of the 2018 season, he picked up where he left off, carrying their heavily injured 9-7 roster to a wild card win and scaring the NFC No. 1 seed New Orleans Saints with a 20-14 game in the divisional round. Nick Foles can no longer be considered a back up quarterback.
No team in the NFL can afford to pay two quarterbacks a starting salary, and when it comes down to who to keep, it appears the Eagles will side with the young, talented, but injury prone, Carson Wentz. As tragic as it would be to lose Foles, it is rare to have two quarterbacks at this high a trade value. The Eagles can trade Nick Foles and start to fill in key gaps in their secondary. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey just reached the end of his rookie contract and has been anything but quiet about wanting a huge contract. The Jaguars are in desperate need of a quarterback following a 3-9 record under Blake Bortles. Other teams in need of a new quarterback include the Redskins, Buccaneers, and Broncos.