Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Nick Foles is the quarterback for the playoffs. That wasn't really in doubt. Pederson even laughed at the question, even though Foles had a dreadful first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday after a subpar game the previous week against Oakland. Foles' backup, Nate Sudfeld, got his first NFL action over the final three quarters against the Cowboys. But that was planned in a meaningless game, and Sudfeld didn't lead any scoring drives either as the Eagles lost 6-0. But Pederson also didn't rule out the possibility of pulling Foles if he struggles in the Eagles' first playoff game Jan. 13 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the lowest seed remaining of three teams – New Orleans (No. 4), Carolina (No. 5) or Atlanta (No. 6). The Eagles have a bye this week. "It's hard to say right now, until I'm in that situation, quite honestly," Pederson said. "It's a one-game season. It's hard to be in desperation mode. But if you're in that mode, who knows? I do know this: It's not about one guy." Pederson, however, might have felt that his answer in his press conference Tuesday wasn't definitive enough in support of Foles. Soon after, he texted a reporter at the NFL Network who tweeted that Pederson left some wiggle room towards making a change: "My guy is Nick Foles, end of story." Except that it isn't as far as the Eagles' playoff hopes are concerned.
Eagles' Pederson finding ways to make Foles better
Courier-Post | Jan 3