Christmas Carson Gives and Receives
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Earlier in the week Fletcher Cox gifted his fellow defensive linemen personalized scooters and Friday quarterback Carson Wentz was in the giving mood when every Eagles offensive lineman returned from practice to find approximately $1,000 worth of goodies in massive Yeti coolers right in front of their lockers.
Above the camping gear and Bose speakers plastered on the coolers was a message: “Merry Christmas, big boys,” It was signed, “#11.”
No. 11 himself, however, got the biggest gift of the day when Doug Pederson tried to stop the runaway locomotive of a fan-created QB controversy insisting that the injured Wentz was still the guy even if backup Nick Foles creates more Christmas magic Sunday against Houston.
"I think number one, I can stand here and say that Carson is our quarterback," the coach said. "He's our quarterback in the future. That's why we drafted him. It's also why we have Nick here as a backup, as a veteran player to -- I don't want to say bail us out, but to come in and execute the offense. I think we just continue to reconfirm that with Carson and let him know that. Continue to say, “Hey, listen you're going to be here for a long time, have a long career.”
As for those fans, all of them whether they are in the Foles-ian Society or riding the Wentz wagon want an Eagles victory over the Texans for Christman, along with perhaps a Minnesota loss to Detroit and a Washington setback to Tennessee on Saturday.
Tune into 97.3 ESPN on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. for the Countdown to Kickoff Show with Joe Krause and John McMullen live from Lincoln Financial Field to see if Sants delivers the goods.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen