Foles is Officially the Week 1 Starter
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - All the acrimony from Sunday evaporated a day later as Doug Pederson named Nick Foles his starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons.
The coach revealed the news to the team's website before appearing before the scheduled press conferences of coordinators Jim Schwartz and Mike Groh and informing other media outlets.
"After consideration and everything and about the football team and this decision, Nick Foles is the starter Week 1," Pederson said. "My press conference will be tomorrow, and I'll answer questions at that time, but I wanted you to hear it from me. It is about the football team and the best interest of the 53, and Nick Foles will be my starter Week 1. Thank you."
An NFL Network report over the weekend saying Foles would indeed be the starter because Carson Wentz has not yet been cleared for contact after his ACL and LCL were surgically repaired back on Dec. 13 of last year.
Pederson had a contentious meeting with the media Sunday before finally admitting his behavior in avoiding the report had to do with gaining any competitive advantage he could against the talented Falcons,
“[We are] trying to win a football game. I don't want to put my game plan out there for everybody to see it and read it and teams can scheme," Pederson said. It just doesn't make a lot of sense.”
His counterpart in Atlanta, however, downplayed any difference for his Cover-3 heavy defense.
“You know what, it’s a question I’ve been asked this week down our way as well, so I fully get that,” Dan Quinn said. “You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to prepare for the offense. Both [Wentz and Foles] have shown they have full command of everything."
Quinn also explained there isn't a vast difference in style. Although a healthy Wentz is significantly more mobile than Foles, Wentz's default setting remains as a pocket QB.
“I think it depends like if the style was so drastically different,” Quinn explained. “In other words, if there was one that scrambled all over the place. Probably if you were back in the day having this conversation between Randall [Randall Cunnigham] and Jaws [Ron Jaworksi], we might have that discussion, but these two guys are really equipped to run it in a similar fashion, so to me in this instance it’s not [a big differemce]."
Any gamesmanship ended at just before noon on Monday but Quinn was never biting anyway.
“I recognize, hey, it’s all part of gamesmanship and not wanting to tip, but all we can do is control what we can, and that’s getting ready for the offense," he said. "Whoever they put out there, we’ve got to be prepared and ready to rock.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen