Philadelphia Eagles defend Carson Wentz after report on 'selfish' QB

Eagles Thank Nick Foles by Paying Out Massive Bonus He Narrowly Missed

Report: Eagles pay Foles $1 million bonus despite shortfall

Philadelphia was 5-6 with Wentz starting before he was sidelined again, this time with a season-ending back injury.

Wentz reportedly didn't want to run the Eagles' "complicated" offense, too.

The report also alleges that while Wentz and Nick Foles get along very well, only one of the quarterbacks is well-liked by everyone in the locker room. Indeed, sources describe Wentz as "incredibly hard-working", "determined", and "highly intelligent".

Wentz was earning praise as a strong candidate for NFL MVP honors when he got injured in 2017, but Foles's success has prompted some speculation that the Eagles might be better off sticking with the 30-year-old veteran and trading away their young star. He did more thinking on the field than he did playing [in 2018].

Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld, offensive linemen Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks, tight end Zach Ertz and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox all tweeted their support of Wentz on Monday morning in response to the report.

On Monday, Santoliquito of the Philly Voice wrote a scathing article with a ton of unnamed people that ripped into Carson Wentz and how he is as a person around the rest of the players. Wentz, sources in the story said, tended to "complicate" the offense and had "favorites" who he targeted with passes more than others. "And when the dust has settled, his legacy will be one of an incredible competitor and teammate who laid it on the line each and every day for the guy next to him, and a man who did everything he could to help this team succeed". "Carson has been nothing but a GREAT person, GREAT teammate and GREAT leader since Day 1".

The entire report is worth reading, but the basis is that Wentz wants to run the Eagles' offense the way he believes it should be run, and new offensive coordinator Mike Groh was not able to rein him in this season the way now-Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich could the two seasons prior.

Out of respect, Philadelphia seems like they would be willing to work with Foles to set him up in the best position possible, whether it's back with the Eagles or another team, when looking at everything he's done for the team over the last two years. In both cases, Foles excelled in Wentz's absence, leading the Eagles to a first-ever Super Bowl victory past year and a 4-1 record this season, as well as a win over the favoured Chicago Bears in the NFC wild-card round. The conversation will only likely go away once Wentz can start playing in games that count. "We would love to keep Nick Foles", executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said last week. We know what type of player he can be, and who he normally is.

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