By Chris Lingebach

While the Philadelphia Eagles bask in the success of their first Super Bowl victory, it’s never too early to start wondering about the future.

After Carson Wentz went down with a torn left ACL in December, Nick Foles took over starter duties, leading the Eagles to a 2-1 record down the stretch, and onto an extraordinary playoff run, culminating with their 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII Sunday.

Both quarterbacks are back next year, Foles on the final year of his deal, but with the Super Bowl MVP around to manage the Eagles into 2018, Wentz needs not rush back from injury. The question is… what comes next?

“It’s really hard to imagine when they go to OTAs in the spring or training camp, Nick Foles — Super Bowl champion and MVP — running with the scout team,” Reuben Frank, of NBC Sports Philadelphia, told The Sports Junkies Tuesday. “It’s just hard to imagine that happening.”

“A lot of it depends on how Carson is,” he said. “And, I’ll tell you what, the way Carson plays, he’s kind of reckless. We talked to him the other day and he’s like, ‘I’m not gonna change the way I play.’

“You need two quarterbacks, and there’s a chance they might just keep him. I’ll tell you what. This is kind of blasphemy around here, but I don’t know if Carson Wentz is better than Nick Foles.”

“Really?” said Junkies host Eric Bickel. “C’mon!”

“I’m telling you, I don’t know,” said Frank. “There’s a lot of unanswered questions. My gut instinct is that Nick Foles will be here next year. What do you want more: Do you want a chance to win a Super Bowl or a first-round pick? It’s a complicated question. It’s a fascinating question. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.”

Anyhow, Frank’s had to answer to screaming Eagles fans since making these remarks, but credit him for sticking to his guns.

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Comments (2)
  1. Gerry Miller says:

    Wentz is a better talent. But lost in all this nonsense discussion is the fact that Nick Foles had already been to the Pro Bowl and had a good W-L record with the Eagles long before he led the Eagles to a successful season finish and a spectacular NFL championship run.

  2. Steven Young says:

    Before Wentz went down, he had a problem throwing the long ball and throwing with anticipation. Wentz reminds me of Russel Wilson or Michael Vick, someone who makes great highlight reels because they make something out of nothing. They are athletic marvels at this position.

    But let’s be honest, it doesn’t take an athlete to play that position: Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Payton and Eli Manning, Kurt Warner, Ben Roethlisberger – and Nick Foles. Just to name a few.

    RG3, Michael Vick, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Tyrod Taylor, Marcus Mariota, Alex Smith, are your examples of Athletic QBs. I think I can only name one athletic qb to win a Super Bowl and that’s Russel Wilson. And he did it on the heels of a great defense.

    Wentz is a lot more gifted than Foles. Is he a better quarterback? Well, Foles threw 7 touchdowns in a game, was a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl MVP, and won a Super Bowl. As of now, he’s not.

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