Carson Wentz was making a strong case all throughout the season to be the NFL MVP. Without a single Lombardi Trophy to show off (in a division that has a combined 12 Super Bowl championships between the three other teams), the first coach to cause for a Super Bowl parade down Broad Street will go down in Philly sports history as a hero for decades to come. Kareem Hunt then ran 9 yards on second down, but a puzzling right option run call for Smith lost a yard and forced a punt. The Eagles are going to compete, and if the team in their way is the most consistent victor of the last two decades, that's fine, too. When then starting quarterback Sam Bradford was traded, Wentz started the regular season opener, leading the Eagles to a win over the Cleveland Browns.
So yes, when Wentz went down, Hostetler noticed.
A chunk of the future success hinges on the health at the quarterback position.
The injured quarterback held court in front of his locker, next to the spot occupied by Nick Foles, to discuss the repairs to his left knee and the rehab.
Foles, for one, has said that Wentz has been very helpful in preparing him to take over.
"The last game was unbelievable".
The poster boy for backup-quarterbacks-turned-Super Bowl-champions is accepting company. Currently, Foles is third-ranked playoff QB behind Drew Brees and Tom Brady for 2017.
That's why Foles is more similar to Hostetler than any of the others. Guys suffer injuries. Our team, everyone, is an example of that.
They are not exact copies, though. "It was one of those things where you'd better be ready because when it does come, if it does come, you have to be ready to perform". "I can't thank them enough". That led to Pederson being the only National Football League coach who personally worked out Foles, the quarterback at Arizona, before Reid's Eagles drafted him in 2012.
It is easy to say Pederson has worked out when his team is about to play in the Super Bowl despite being a home underdog in each of their two playoff games so far.
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"That's OK", Hostetler said.
Wentz went on a mission trip to Haiti last May with former teammate Jordan Matthews and a group led by Kyle Horner, lead pastor of The Connect Church.
"We set this up for whoever is in this room, that's who we ride with", Jenkins said in the locker room after that game. It was kind of a special time, too. That play was synonymous with what we've seen all season. "It is a rallying cry". "Nick is the guy and Nick's been voicing his voice more than anybody, and I'm just trying to help". They had seen me every day [in practices] and they were excited about what I brought to the table. "I'm still going to be the same person through the highs and the lows". Wentz becomes the sixth Eagle to receive the prestigious Bert Bell Award joining Norm Van Brocklin (1960), Pete Retzlaff (1965), Ron Jaworski (1980), Randall Cunningham, who won it twice (1988, 1990), and Michael Vick (2010), the last Eagle to win the Bert Bell Award.
Reid certainly had his shots at Super Bowl glory, but you know how the script has gone.
Due to their history, you pretty much expect the Patriots to find a way to beat the Jaguars, but even in the second half a lot of things continued to go against them. "That's what you have to do".
Much like Hostetler did, Foles has remained low-key and out of the spotlight this week. "To take away all of those key pieces and still make the Super Bowl is awesome".
"I feel good", Wentz said, flashing a smile. "(But) you should never get down. These are all questions that fans will have to ponder in the next two weeks. People have been asking me if I'm going to learn to protect myself? Give me Foles any time. For a team that has been put in the position they were put in, my hat is off to them. "There were bumps in the road, but you were able to overcome them with the people who are around you, the people who believe in you and love you". "You're always going to be playing somebody good".
Hostetler did just that 27 years ago.
If Shaughnessy was anxious about facing the wrath of Eagles fans, perhaps he should have left out the part about snowballs and cheering injured players. He threw four touchdown passes in his first start, against the Giants on December 17. But this time, it isn't Donovan McNabb, the former second pick in the draft and an established star with undeniable credentials. It was the first of two championships for Plunkett. But the Eagles remain, and they face the New England Patriots with the chance to win their first Super Bowl. Williams threw for 340 yards and four TDs against the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Hoss proved 'em wrong, throwing for 222 yards and a TD. The rest is history.