Doug Pederson says this is Nick Foles' team now.
Not so fast, says Foles.
"I feel like the confidence level (is there), absolutely," Foles said. "But this is Carson's team."
Foles is in an interesting position and it can be a little bit tricky. He feels like he needs to defer to Carson Wentz, his teammate and close friend when it comes to the big picture. He knows Wentz will be back behind center next year as soon as he's healthy.
But he also understands he has to assert himself as the leader of a playoff-bound football team.
"Now, I get like, 'Oh wait, you're the guy,' and all that, but that's just how I am," Foles said. "I respect Carson Wentz. I love that guy. I work with him every day and I'm going to give him his respect because he is this franchise's quarterback.
"My job right now is to be the starting quarterback, to lead the guys on the field and I'm going to do that. I've been here, I've done that. I know what it entails, I know the responsibility.
"But this is Carson Wentz's team and I respect him too much to make that statement. … Doesn't change my mentality. My mentality when I step on the field is, 'Let's roll.'
"I don't need to be named the starting quarterback. I'm going to go play and help my team win and be aggressive and be the player I've always been."
Foles threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first start in 14 months Sunday, leading the Eagles past the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
He'll make his second career playoff start next month in the conference semifinals at the Linc.
So it's a tricky balance. Foles knows he needs to show a tremendous amount of leadership in the huddle, in meetings, on the field. But he still thinks of this as Wentz's team.
"When you're in a position like I am, where you're the backup quarterback and you're out on the field and you're leading the guys, I'm myself," Foles said.
"I'm not changing. You just become more vocal and you have more responsibility and people look to you more because you're the one that's throwing the football.
"I understand the different roles. Carson is still the leader, he's still here, but right now he's in a different role. But we're all doing this together. It's just a different role.
"It's a crazy sport and things happen fast."
Sunday was a very important day for Foles, who other than a brief appearance at the end of the Rams game a week earlier had never played with guys like Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith.
Part of becoming this team's leader is proving you belong. Foles did that Sunday.
"The only way you do that is in the huddle in a game," he said. "You can practice as much as you want, but when the lights turn on and you're on the field, people can change.
"So you're never really sure until you experience it and go through adversity on the field, you're in the huddle, you see a guy get hit, you see a guy make a play and then that 'ah-hah' moment of 'this guy can do it.'
"And then it's just the relationship. You go through a game, you build camaraderie, you make plays together, you fight together. That's big."
Wentz has been around this past week. Not all day, but he's around for rehab every morning and Foles said he's popped into meetings and is always a big part of everything the other quarterbacks do.
"He's very much still involved," Foles said. "He loves this team, he's the leader of this team, he's the quarterback of this franchise, and he's going to be around.
"He's a huge presence and he's a huge reason why we're in this position."