Even though Wentz was leading the National Football League in touchdown passes at the time, he tore his ACL in December, and Foles took over from that point to lead the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl championship, even outdueling the great Tom Brady in the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
The head coach of the defending champions conducted a tense news conference Sunday morning, angry after reports emerged a day earlier that he would start Nick Foles against the Falcons, as the recovering Carson Wentz still will not be ready to play. Foles took over and led them all the way to the Super Bowl LII championship before signing a contract extension in the offseason that gives him a significant bump over what he was going to make this year and gives both sides an opt-out clause for 2019.
With quarterback an uncertainty, and top wide receiver Alshon Jeffery not expected to play Thursday, Ajayi could be heavily featured against the Falcons. He is practicing, but hasn't been medically cleared for contact.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced quarterback Nick Foles will start Week 1. I don't want to put my game plan out there for people to see it, read it. In fact, Corey Clement is the ideal example of just how important this time of year can be for players battling to make roster spots since he went from being an undrafted free agent making the team to Super Bowl champion.More news: Bears sign Khalil Mack to record-breaking contract extension
Foles struggled a bit down the stretch of the regular season, but was electric during the playoffs and was the best player on the field during the Super Bowl.
Quinn claimed that his team was more concerned about preparing for the Eagles' offense overall, rather than for Foles or Wentz.
In his second season past year after having been the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Wentz had put himself in the MVP conversation before suffering a severe knee injury in Week 14. "What's a few games over 12 to 15 years?"
He also said that if Wentz didn't get the call to start, he would be "kinda" surprised.