ALREADY you’re pissed. All you did was read the headline, and already you’re pissed. Well pissed or not, this discussion is important. We as a fan-base need to be ready for this, because it’s entirely within the realm of possibility. This could actually happen.
QB Carson Wentz just had his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) operated on. For those out there who still don’t know exactly what that means, let me nutshell it for you:
The tendon that connects Wentz’s thigh to his calf, tore. So his leg (though still attached) didn’t have great stability anymore. The torn ACL had to be stitched back together, because it won’t simply heal on it’s own. Since it doesn’t get great blood supply, it heals MUCH slower than a muscle would. It has to heal significantly before he can put it through the stress of re-habbing it. Otherwise, he risks a catastrophic failure (re-tearing), then more surgery and a longer absence. (And no one wants an Andrew Luck situation.)
The shake-out, is that he’s gonna be shelved for up to 9 months. Even when he first comes back, he’s not going to be the guy who ran for that called-back touchdown. That Carson Wentz is more like 21 months away. Sorry but it’s true. Ask around.
That means QB Nick Foles is keeping Carson’s seat warm for him, right? Well maybe, aaaaaand maybe not. Foles is our starter. Get used to thinking of him that way, until at least October 2018. And the term “at least”, isn’t a minor qualifier.
What happens if Foles throws 4 to 7 touchdowns in the Super Bowl? What if he goes off for 11 touchdowns and no picks, like Joe Flacco did in the postseason, a few years ago? Keep in mind, no matter how the playoffs end, Wentz will still definitely miss OTA’s, at least most of camp, and probably won’t start the season on the active roster. There’s no debate on that stuff.
However, if Foles guides this franchise deep into the playoffs, and starts next year strong, should he be benched for a guy (even a guy like Wentz), who’s trying to put things back together? Or should Carson sit?
If you want or expect Foles to fail, then this is a garbage conversation. Nothing more than December click-bait. Thing is, if you hope or believe that Foles can help us win the Super Bowl, you have to realize that if it happens, it will spur the greatest Quarterback controversy in Philadelphia Eagles history.
So Eagles fan, what should we do?