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How Will Eagles' Offense Change With Nick Foles?

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    Eagles Put Faith in Nick Foles

    Quarterback Carson Wentz is out and Nick Foles is in. NBC10's Vai Sikahema sits down with Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro to talk about what's next for the NFC East champs.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017)

    There aren't many teams that have a backup quarterback who's been a Pro Bowl MVP, tied an NFL record for touchdowns in a game and has his cleats in a display case at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Doug Pederson's message Monday after announcing that Wentz will miss the season was that his loss is a devastating blow to Wentz, but that the Eagles are in terrific shape with Nick Foles taking over for the second-year pro.

    "The reason we went out and got Nick Foles was reasons like this, situations like this," Pederson said after learning that there's no hope for Wentz's return to action this year.

    "I'm excited for Nick. I hate it for Carson, I hate it for the season that he's been having, but at the same time it's the next-man-up mentality, and that's how we approach it this week."

    Wentz suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Sunday night against the Rams and will need surgery.

    Pederson wouldn't speculate on when Wentz would return to football activities, but for Foles, it's a chance to start for the Eagles for the first time since the first eight weeks of 2014.

    "Nick has played a ton of football," Pederson said. "I was here when we drafted him (in 2012). We drafted him for a reason. Then we went out and got him again this offseason for a reason.

    "You never want it to be under these circumstances but at the same time, my confidence is extremely high in Nick. You saw what he did in the game last night. The big 3rd-and-8 (conversion) to Nelson (Agholor).

    "People ask me, 'Why did you throw the ball?' Because I've got confidence in Nick, I've got confidence in the guys, and that's what I'm going to continue to do. I'm going to be aggressive."

    Of the nine current backup quarterbacks who've started at least 30 games in the NFL, Foles' .556 career winning percentage is highest.

    "It's huge, it's huge," Pederson said. "I love to be 11-2 and everything is great but at the same time I know and I think everybody in this room knows and everybody out there knows if you don't have a backup quarterback who's played and had snaps in this league, it's tough to continue the things that you've done, the things you've built this season. Nick is very capable of getting the job done."

    Pederson said he won't have to change the offense very much to accommodate Foles, who is now in his fifth year under Pederson in the last six years.

    The only year they weren't together was 2015, when Foles had his worst year ever with the Rams.

    Pederson said he'll take input from Foles during preparation just like he took input from Wentz.

    "He's a veteran player who's played and he's won a lot of games, not only here but in other places he's been," Pederson said. "Nick's a highly intelligent football player, he's smart … and he and I will continue to dialogue like Carson and I did during the week.

    "I want to make sure there are plays in the plan that he likes and I want him to speak his mind like Carson would, and we keep going. This is a veteran player we're talking about, so I feel comfortable doing that.

    "I've known him for a lot of years and we're going to continue to have the same communication that Carson and I had during the weeks, and Carson is going to play a big part of helping Nick get ready too. Not much going forward is going to have to change."