Like for most football fans across the state, Monday was a bummer for Ron Wingenbach.
The Philadelphia Eagles' worst fear was realized when an MRI exam Monday confirmed quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Wingenbach was watching the game on TV when the injury occurred.
In that crucial quarter, he was just 1-for-3 for 9 yards and a lost fumble, excluding the last play of the game. "It just shows the brutality of the National Football League and the force of the hits those guys take". We've got an opportunity where if you win Sunday you get a first-round bye so there's still a lot to play for.
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Wentz has thrown a team record 33 touchdown passes this season, including one after his injury against the Rams. "I bet he would tell you today he'd do the exact same thing".
The touchdown was called back because of a holding penalty, and Wentz finished off the drive three plays later with a short touchdown pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
"But you know what, the reason we went out and got Nick Foles was for reasons like this and situations like this". "That's gutsy right there".
There is significant precedent for teams using multiple quarterbacks and reaching or winning the Super Bowl. That's just the love and appreciation they have for me and what I was able to help the Eagles do back in 2006.
Wentz is the franchise and possibly the most important player on this team, but Foles must be ready and has shown to be ready to take the reigns if the need comes for him to. Wingenbach has not been surprised by Wentz's rapid rise despite being in only his second season. "I have confidence in him". "I work with him every day, so I'm dealing with that". It's probably best not to get your hopes up at this point.
With Wentz being done, this is now Foles' team; and when the Eagles signed Foles they were giving themselves one of the best backup situations in the NFL.