FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons and their fans don't have to look hard to find rumors and reports about which quarterback they'll be facing in Thursday night's season opener. Hard facts, however, are harder to come by.
"We generally say do not get any gameplan information on Twitter," said Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. "Sorry for everyone who has an excellent Twitter account."
The Eagles are not saying which quarterback will start against Atlanta on Thursday -- Carson Wentz, their starter for most of last season, is still working his way back from a torn ACL. His reserve, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles, is the other option.
The NFL Network reported on Saturday that the Eagles are planning to start Foles. Phildelphia head coach Doug Pederson got irritated with questions about the decision during his Sunday press conference, and is not giving away any of his team's plan.
For Atlanta's part, they say it doesn't matter. While Wentz is known as being the more athletic of the two options, Quinn says he doesn't expect a big shift in gameplan depending on who starts.
"We basically want to make sure the players are prepared to defend the offense," said Quinn. "Very rarely would it be such a shift in what a team could do [on offense depending on the quarterback]. Often times, there might be someone who comes in that's way more mobile, you may see more of a certain style; with [Wentz and Foles], they're both equipped to handle everything."
Foles led the Eagles to a win over the Falcons in the playoffs last season and then went on to win Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors.
"When they're able to handle the whole package, all the way through, you better be prepared for the whole offense," said Quinn."