Doug Pederson: Nick Foles will still start

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As expected by many (but apparently not by the Eagles), the shift from Carson Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback hasn’t gone smoothly. The Eagles nevertheless will be sticking with Foles.

When the only alternative is Nate Sudfeld, it’s not a tough decision.

Coach Doug Pederson explained during a Tuesday press conference that Foles will indeed start, when the Eagles host the Saints, Panthers, or Falcons on January 13.

But despite an initial effort to run the offense with Foles in the same way the offense was run with Wentz, Pederson explained that the team will study things from Foles’ past performances in order to find plays and concepts that he’ll be able to run effectively.

“I’ve gone back and watched a lot of his tape here, [from] St. Louis and when he was here before when I was here,” Pederson told reporters. “I just wanted to go back and just see the types of plays. [T]he quick throw was there, a little play-action pass, the shotgun stuff. . . . Those are all things that are in our system. We might just have to dust a few more off and get that ready to go. But that’s kind of what this week is for: To get some of those ideas and thoughts down on paper and execute them this week in practice.”

Of course, that’s also a clue for whoever the Eagles will be playing regarding their plans for the playoff game. They now know to study the things Foles has done well in the past, and to prepare to see those plays and concepts.

If the new concepts don’t work, in whole or in part because defenses are prepared for them, Pederson didn’t rule out switching to Sudfeld.

“Listen, it’s a one-game season,” Pederson said. “It’s hard to be in desperation mode, but if you are in that mode, who knows? I do know this: It’s not about one guy. It’s about 11 on offense, defense, and special teams. A lot of contributing factors go into winning a game.”

Only one factor can go into losing a game. Poor quarterback play is one of those factors. That’s precisely what the Eagles have had for most of their time without Carson Wentz.

57 responses to “Doug Pederson: Nick Foles will still start

  1. “Only one factor can go into losing a game. Poor quarterback play is one of those factors.”

    Ummmm, what?

  2. I was surprised at how badly Foles played against my sad Cowboys, and how well Sudfield played, in comparison! Except for a few, we were playing our starters, surely so Garrett could pad his win/loss stats 😦

  3. I was surprised how badly Foles played against my sad Cowboys, and how good Sudfield played in comparison! For the most part, we played our starters, just so they could risk injury 😦
    And, of course, Garrett wouldn’t go 8-8 again…..

  4. As an Eagles fan…I hope Pederson is using deception with this rather confusing statement. Why would he even have to ANNOUNCE that Foles is starting? Was Sudfeld being considered? Does Sudfeld have better grasp of the offense run by Wentz? Doug, please stop talking.

  5. Poor quarterback play? That’s surprisingly-gracious! Foles has been atrocious in his last 5 quarters of football and his press comments tell me he’s either a politician or he just doesn’t get it (like… a politician).

  6. >>>“Listen, it’s a one-game season,” Pederson said.<<<
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    Depending on seeding, it's a 3 or 4 game season.

    Except for the losers.

    Seems a small distinction to someone for whom details are just details.

    I doubt Belichik calls the playoffs a "one game season."

  7. Everyone needs to relax. Foles is NOT a bad weather QB. That is clear. As long as it’s not five-degrees with 30mph wind he’ll do enough, and the Eagles “D” and special teams, will do enough to win these games. And if Torrey Smith doesn’t drop two potential TD passes, Foles #’s will be just fine.

  8. @gonakgod says:
    I don’t think the eagles have a chance in hell of beating any of those teams.
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    Well, they did beat Panthers and Rams both on the road. Vikings could be a 3 – 0 game. Gotta run the ball 40+ times!

  9. Peterson was responding to a question. As an Eagles I get that they are a long shot. Still, you never know. Ajayi could be a monster especially with fresh legs and that could set up play action. I don’t believe Peterson for one moment that they will run the same exact offense as they had with Wentz. If they do, then one and done it will be.

  10. @wiltmellow says:

    >>>“Listen, it’s a one-game season,” Pederson said.<<<
    ___________________

    Depending on seeding, it's a 3 or 4 game season.

    Except for the losers.

    Seems a small distinction to someone for whom details are just details.

    I doubt Belichik calls the playoffs a "one game season."
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    In the playoffs each week is THE SEASON. You won't hear Belichik talking about Pittsburgh until he knows the opponent. Only the Vikes will be talking ahead because the SB is at their stadium.

  11. Everyone needs to relax. Foles is NOT a bad weather QB. That is clear. As long as it’s not five-degrees with 30mph wind he’ll do enough, and the Eagles “D” and special teams, will do enough to win these games. And if Torrey Smith doesn’t drop two potential TD passes, Foles #’s will be just fine.
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    Well then, good thing they got home field advantage. It’s never cold in Philadelphia in January

  12. wiltmellow says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Depending on seeding, it’s a 3 or 4 game season.

    Except for the losers.

    Seems a small distinction to someone for whom details are just details.

    I doubt Belichik calls the playoffs a “one game season.”
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    Since every game is an elimination game, the playoffs are a one game season.

    Obviously he isn’t saying they are only going to be playing in one game.

  13. Drew Brees is the biggest threat. I’m not sure Cam or Matt Ryan will do will in Philly, based on their history. If the Eagles make the conference finals
    they might be playing a warm weather or dome guy. Wentz would have thrived, but with Nick at least it’s a problem for both teams.

  14. All Foles has done in his career with the Eagles is win…is wasn’t always pretty, but I’ll take a win over a perfect QB rating any day.

  15. “Foles is NOT a bad weather QB”

    Maybe not, but he did beat the Lions in that blizzard a few years back and connected on some long passes in the process.

  16. Just a note. Carr and Prescott both looked just as bad if not worst in those two games.
    It was cold as hell
    Remember we still have the home field advantage. Foles just has to be fairly descent in my opinion.
    But I do wish Carson was there. DamN UNFORTUNATE

  17. Ive been a eagles fan for roughly 34 years. Through thick and thin i always rep the eagles….even though i live in tx 25 minutes from the texans nrg stadium. I am also a realistic and brutally honest guy. Our special teams and defense better be better than good. I believe well be playing the saints. Brees will put up points and i have a hard time believing foles can win a shootout against brees. As eagles fans we almost always wait for the other shoe to drop. I told my wife (who is a diehard cowpatty fan) 1 week before wentz went down that something would happen to derail this year….week later it happened. I cant even enjoy a great season anymore cuz philly seems so snakebit. Still i have hope. Afterall cubs won the ws last year….stros this year…maybe my beloved eagles can do it.

  18. NFC playoffs feature 3 SB starting QBs and 3 backups! That’s right…cause Goff was the backup to Keenum who was the backup to Foles. Think about that…the only one missing is Sam Bradford!

  19. Of course, that’s also a clue for whoever the Eagles will be playing regarding their plans for the playoff game. They now know to study the things Foles has done well in the past, and to prepare to see those plays and concepts
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    You consistently vastly overestimated the value of stuff like this. Do you honestly think that the game plan of whoever the Eagles play will be determined by something Doug Pederson said in a press conference? I hardly think it’s breaking news that given two weeks to prepare, a team is probably going to insert a game plan based upon the strength of their quarterback and not his weaknesses.

  20. nothingbuttthetruth says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    Everyone needs to relax. Foles is NOT a bad weather QB. That is clear. As long as it’s not five-degrees with 30mph wind he’ll do enough, and the Eagles “D” and special teams, will do enough to win these games. And if Torrey Smith doesn’t drop two potential TD passes, Foles #’s will be just fine
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    The Eagles D gave up 400 passing yards and 29 pts to the NYG two weeks ago….who haven’t had a 400 passing game or broke scoring more than 24 (last game against Eagles) all year …with starters playing.

    Unfortunately they are going to be playing much better teams.

  21. I think the Saints or Falcons win the NFC. The Saints have been playing well and the Falcons played o be of the toughest schedules in the league and managed 10 wins. Also, there is the experience part. Both teams have been there before and know how to prepare for the post season.

  22. @maurysline says:

    The Eagles D gave up 400 passing yards and 29 pts to the NYG two weeks ago….who haven’t had a 400 passing game or broke scoring more than 24 (last game against Eagles) all year …with starters playing.

    Unfortunately they are going to be playing much better teams.
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    You forgot to add the NYG also had over 350 yards in the season opener but lost on a 61 yard FG. So the giants have the pleasure of racking up almost 1,000 yards on that defense but losing both times.

  23. Remember how Eagles fans were saying how they pillaged the Vikings in the Bradford trade just before the start of last season? Funny how things work out, because the Eagles sure could use Bradford about now who is practicing again for the Vikings. Karma.

  24. You know when everyone says, “that’s so Browns.” Well, when the calendar turns January and the wheels start falling off Philly before the playoffs even start, “that’s so Eagles.”

  25. @diveleft says:

    Remember how Eagles fans were saying how they pillaged the Vikings in the Bradford trade just before the start of last season? Funny how things work out, because the Eagles sure could use Bradford about now who is practicing again for the Vikings. Karma.
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    Stop making up stuff. When that trade happened…the fan base was stunned because of the timing and it meant we would be starting a rookie that had not played since sustaining a rib injury early in the preseason. The elation came from the fact Eagles were able to get a first round pick and a potential 4th. But since you’re talking Karma…be careful…Vikings just might have to play Sam or Teddy who have only one good knee between them. It’s icy up there in Minnysoda! You started it.

  26. I had the Eagles as the NFC Champs before Wentz went down. Now with Foles, it will be one and done!!
    I’m a Packers fan and watching Brett Hundley make his feeble attempts at playing QB, I didn’t think there’d be anyone who could top him in stinking up the joint. But Foles trumps him because the team around him is so much better than the Packers are.
    If I were the Eagles, I’d give Ron Jaworski a call and ask him if he wants to suit up in two weeks. He’d be better than Foles, for sure.
    Too bad for Philly, because they really had something going before Wentz got hurt.

  27. Sorry, no one is afraid of the Eagles, the gimme teams they had in recent weeks are on vacations with palm trees and drinks. It’s all good teams now, and the Eagles are the bottom of the barrel now.

  28. Man…the Wentz injury has brought out the Eagles haters in full force.

    But if Foles plays like he did v. the Giants and the Defense plays like they did versus the Raiders, then forget about it: the Eagles win three games. Good night ladies.

  29. Overreaction by the fans. Foles will be good enough. The Birds defense, particularly at home, is lights out. Relax, you’re never as good as you look and you’re never as bad as you look.

  30. “Of course, that’s also a clue for whoever the Eagles will be playing regarding their plans for the playoff game. They now know to study the things Foles has done well in the past, and to prepare to see those plays and concepts”

    Ummm isn’t that literally what all defensive coordinators do to prepare every single week?

  31. therealtrenches says:
    January 2, 2018 at 6:46 pm
    Man…the Wentz injury has brought out the Eagles haters in full force.

    But if Foles plays like he did v. the Giants and the Defense plays like they did versus the Raiders, then forget about it: the Eagles win three games. Good night ladies.
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    You mean…if the playoff teams have the worst defensive and offensive rankings, they’ll win the SB?? Thanks for the insight Einstein.

  32. “The Birds defense, particularly at home, is lights out.”

    Eli Manning and his band of merry grocery store stock boys put up about 800 yards and 6 TDs against that “lights out” D.

    Remember when you one and doned us after the Plaxicident and made it sound like we choked away our first round bye? Well, after next week when you get lit up, you’ll know exactly how us Giants fans feel.

  33. It’ll be party time in Philly ! I’ll have to scout out the best spot to watch along the parade route , probably Broad & Snyder , the heart of South Philly . ” Be there or be square ! ”

    ‘Fly Eagles Fly ‘

  34. If the Vikings win in their round, the NFC Championship game will be in Minnesota. Foles better have jelly in his pockets during their divisional game because he’s toast.

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