Doug Pederson: Will Be A Tough Decision If Nick Foles Plays Great Before Carson Wentz Returns

What if Foles plays great before Wentz returns?

Tiki and Tierney
October 30, 2018 - 8:15 am
Eagles coach Doug Pederson

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It's not clear when Carson Wentz will make his 2018 debut for the Eagles. But what if his Super Bowl-winning replacement, Nick Foles, lights it up in his absence? Would coach Doug Pederson consider keeping Wentz on the sidelines? 

CBS Sports Radio's Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney posed that very question to the third-year Philadelphia coach Friday.

"I hope that's the case Week 4, Week 5, whatever it may be," Pederson said. "I'll cross that bridge when we get there, obviously. I know that Carson and I and the longevity of our careers are tied at the hip with having drafted him my first year. Like I said, it's going to be a good problem if we get to that point, but at the same time it's going to be a tough decision as well because, if we are in that situation, we know the team is playing extremely well. This is a team sport, and we'll address that if need be."

When Wentz went down in a Week 14 showdown against the Rams, many observers began to count out the Eagles. Pederson, however, said that was around the time when he began to feel his team might have the traits of a champion, saying their bond reminded him of the 1997 Packers Super Bowl-winning team that he played for.

"I really felt the guys come together after we lost our quarterback, and they were united," Pederson said. "But I felt like they came together even closer after that game and they rallied obviously around Nick Foles."

Tiki and Tierney also asked Pederson about the NFL's controversial new rule that prohibits players from lowering their heads to initiate contact with their helmets. 

The Eagles coach said it's something his players will have to learn to adjust to.

"Listen, we get it," Pederson said. "We get the fact that we're trying to remove the helmet as a weapon in our sport. It's been flagged pretty heavily the first three weekends. ... In this sport, it's a high-paced game. It's fast, it's furious, and there's going to be a lot of violent collisions, and trying to remove the helmet is a tough thing. But it's a work in progress. We're going to continue to obviously watch a lot of film, educate our players and take small steps forward with this rule."