Eagles coach furious with media after his QB plan leaks

Eagles quarterback Christian Hackenberg gets one more opportunity to stick around in the NFL | Bob Ford

Christian Hackenberg will see live action for the first time in a year this week and it could be the last time for a while

The Eagles open the season against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, as they attempt to defend their Super Bowl title. Wentz would have obviously started if healthy, but it's not like Foles didn't earn this moment.

Until Wentz plays again, questions will persist about his readiness and whether he's been cleared for contact by the medical staff, which according to Pederson has not happened.

"I'm going to lump you all together", Pederson told the group. "Trying to win a football game, you know?" "It just doesn't make a lot of sense".

Falcons coach Dan Quinn downplayed the importance of knowing for certain who the quarterback would be in a conference call Sunday. He's refusing to name a starting quarterback for Week 1. He and Foles had been splitting first-team practice reps to date. He noted that there wasn't as stark a difference between the two quarterbacks' playing styles as when the Philadelphia had Ron Jaworski and Randall Cunningham in the 1980s.

On the same day that Philadelphia officially cut their roster down to 53 players before Saturday's deadline, the team also announced that it would Nick Foles under center for that first game of 2018 against Atlanta, which seems like the correct move.

Foles took over and led the team into the playoffs and all the way to victory in Super Bowl LII.

Thus Philadelphia might strongly prefer to give Wentz the start if that were possible, but while reports have been very positive about his mobility, he doesn't appear to be quite ready yet.

The wait is over and any advantage the Eagles tried to convince us they were getting by waiting is now gone. Or the pressure of Week 1 gone, are the Eagles about to take an extremely cautious approach with their franchise player?

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