Happy New Year, Eagles fans. The Eagles lost a forgettable season finale to the Dallas Cowboys in what looked at times like a preseason game considering many of the Eagles starters were sidelined before halftime. The playoff schedule is set, and on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4:35 p.m. the top-seeded Eagles will host the lowest-seeded NFC team to advance out of this week's wild-card round. The opponent will be the Falcons if they beat the Rams on Saturday; or if the Rams win, it will be the winner of Sunday's Saints-Panthers game.
— Zach Berman
Zach Berman: How was it to finally play center and how was it different for you?
Isaac Seumalo: "It was fun, man. Just a different set of challenges and different position, but it was fun. …You just have to think a little more pre-snap and be real vocal out there so everybody hears. That's the biggest thing."
Zach Berman: In getting the snaps you did, does it give you any more confidence going forward?
Isaac Seumalo: "Oh yeah, man. Obviously, I wish we would have won. But it was great to be out there playing and flying around. But experience always helps."
Zach Berman: What's the biggest difference between you now and the beginning of the season?
Isaac Seumalo: "Man, I'm having a lot more fun. Even though we lost and that [stinks], the room we got and the guys we got and the season we've had, football is just so much more fun now. We're going to carry it into the postseason, for sure."
Long. I'd be shocked if they benched Nick Foles in the playoffs for a player (Nate Sudfeld) who started the season on the practice squad and has played only three quarters in his NFL career. Foles has a track record. He's played in big games. He's coming off two poor showings, but it would be foolish to have a quick hook for Foles in a home playoff game when the other option is a player with no experience. I'm not defending the way Foles played the past two weeks. But he's a better option than Sudfeld. It's that simple.
You mean for next season? If Foles struggles in the playoffs, it's not out of the question that the Eagles consider a change at No. 2 quarterback for next season. I'm not sure if they'd go to Sudfeld or someone more established. They like Foles and made a significant investment in him. My guess is they'd stick with Foles regardless. Carson Wentz's injury doesn't guarantee he's ready for Week 1, so the Eagles need a reliable backup quarterback. If Foles ends the season with three bad games, though, that could leave a bad taste.