Reese notes Eagles riding fortune’s wave
Former Eagles linebacker and current Philadelphia talk show host
Ike Reese weighs in on the Eagles’ turnaround, Nick Foles and Carson Wentz, along with the “double doink” heard around the NFL.
Question: As a former player, what did you think about how last week’s game ended when Cody Parkey’s kick bounced off the post and the crossbar and this Eagles winning streak continued?
Answer: Very fortunate. We know how that ball bounced, but that’s how things have gone for the last two years with Nick Foles out there as quarterback. It seems like when you need things to go your way, they have gone [the Eagles’] way.
The team believes in that and athletes and coaches are a little weird when it comes to the whole superstition in believing in that type of mojo, so the players have certainly bought in to it an ex-Eagles linebacker, has observed Philadelphia’s turnaround this season.
and it’s a good wave to ride.
Question: What’s changed with this team where they were all but out of the playoffs and Carson Wentz gets hurt, but then they turn it around and end up back in the postseason?
Answer: I’m not naïve to enough to say it’s all about Nick Foles, but I am aware enough to say that they needed something to give them a spark and he’s certainly given them that spark.
There’s a couple of things that factor into it: The offensive line has factored into it, the defensive line is playing much better with Michael Bennet and Fletcher Cox, who have been on a tear the last six weeks. I’ll even take it back a step further because it started after the Saints game. I think the moment we point to was the next game was against the Giants and the Eagles were down 19-3. The Giants were moving the ball about to score right before the half when Eli Manning throws an interception to Malcolm Jenkins to keep points off the board and the Eagles have been on a run since then. Even the Cowboys game, even though it was a tough hard-fought loss, most of us felt they would’ve won that game if they got the ball in overtime.
They’ve won six of their last seven so it didn’t just start when Nick came in, but then you add him to the equation and he certainly has added the spark.
Question: Is there a quarterback controversy in Philly? What if Nick Foles would lead them to another Super Bowl?
Answer: Believe me, we’ve been talking about it for a month in Philadelphia so I’m used to the question. But I’ve held very firm that Carson Wentz is the quarterback of the future. We are blessed that Nick Foles is an Eagle. He will always be an Eagle and an Eagles Hall of Famer when his career is over with. He will never buy another drink or meal in this town as long as he lives.
But the Eagles’ next year, their starting quarterback will be Carson Wentz regardless of what happens. They could even win another Super Bowl, but how the Eagles are going to look at it is: Yes, in a practical sense, who is going to get rid of a quarterback that’s one two Super Bowl for your franchise? Yet, the Eagles are in a unique situation where they don’t have a clear definition of what Nick Foles is. The problem is that they’ve done the homework on Carson Wentz and his attributes. Yes, injuries can find people, but people conveniently forget that that Nick Foles has played 16 games in this league. He’s never started a season and finished a season as a starting quarterback. So he’s shown you in windows of what he’s capable of, but then there’s the fear of “can this only be done in small doses? Can you do it over the course of a season?”
From an Eagles standpoint, they would look at is we got two Super Bowls in the bag and we didn’t even have to do it with our franchise quarterback. Let’s move forward the next 10 years with the guy who we believe has the more talent. [Even if they win this year], you have to tell yourself “do you believe Nick Foles can win a third Super Bowl or do you believe Carson Wentz has the ability to win a Super Bowl.”
I still believe the organization has full confidence in that Carson Wentz has the same ability to lead this team to a Super Bowl.