Recently, there has been a lot of debate as to whether or not Carson Wentz will start Week 1. However, this has also somehow spurred some questions about whether there could end up being a quarterback competition in Philadelphia. Some people even believe that Nick Foles is a better quarterback then Carson Wentz. Well he is not, and here is why.
Nick Foles is great
There is a lot of love about Nick Foles. He is a great quarterback and he can definitely can be a starter in this league. The thing with Foles is that you have to tailor an offense to him, with playmakers to support him and excellent coaching and playcalling. This was easily seen last year.
After Wentz went down with an injury, for the first few weeks, the Eagles offense struggled mightily. It was so bad that some people even suggested that Nate Sudfeld should start in the playoffs.
Then Philadelphia simplified the reads for Foles, and it flowed beautifully. This allowed him to get the ball to his playmakers quickly and efficiently. In turn, this opened up the deep completions when corners started to play too aggressively and jump routes.
Now, Foles definitely plowed through competition in the playoffs. He deserves some ofl the credit for the team’s success. What he achieved was remarkable, and his accuracy throughout the playoffs was crazy good.
But Foles does need the right situation to thrive, which is something that most can agree on after that terrible stint with the Rams that ended in him being benched. Who could succeed under Jeff Fisher though? That leads into the next point.
Could you imagine Carson Wentz going elsewhere in a trade, having a very bad season and then being benched for even someone as good as Case Keenum can be? No, you probably can’t. This is because Wentz is too valuable to trade. He has proven himself to be the most valuable commodity in all of the NFL: a top-five quarterback. Foles has the potential to be in the top 15 in the right situation, which is still incredibly good.
Carson Wentz is a generational talent
Carson Wentz is the type of quarterback who can truly do it all. He can fit in any system, and he raises the level of his teammates’ play. You can tell just by watching him that he is special. If you need reminding, here are his highlights.
The way that Wentz can make plays after the pocket breaks down is truly a gift. He is able to deliver the ball to pinpoint areas sometimes 50 or 60 yards down the field. In addition, his ability to throw from odd platforms and positions is similar to Aaron Rodgers.
Another thing that sets him apart is his running ability. He has the speed and finesse to elude defenders and pick up crucial yards. This is truly an integral part of the game today when teams clog up so much of the field in obvious passing situations. His ability to run can cause them to either respect that part of his game, which opens up bigger throwing windows, or risk getting gashed for chunks of yards on the ground.
Wentz is the future of the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles will likely be gone after this season and compete for a starting job elsewhere. Jacksonville or Miami could be good fits for Foles.
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