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nephillymike
Fox Sports’ Chris Chase thinks the Eagles have the worst quarterback situation in the country.

Congratulations, Warner Bros.; Batman vs. Superman won’t be the only high-priced disaster of 2016. The Eagles quarterbacking situation is the worst thing to happen to Philadelphia since, well, the previous half-century of professional football. This offseason, the Eagles gave $18 million to a guy who finished 25th in QB rating last year and has a 25-37-1 lifetime record with exactly zero seasons above .500, only to have Sam Bradford whine about his role in the offense because the team had the audacity to draft a quarterback. Behind Bradford is a backup who’s thrown 77 passes in six NFL seasons yet was signed to a deal worth up to $36 million. More than likely though, Chase Daniel will get around $21 million, a total that itself is $11.5 million more than any other backup quarterback in the NFL. (The backups of the NFC are making a combined $13.2 million in guaranteed money. Daniel is getting $12 million. And assuming Mark Sanchez starts in Denver, Daniel would account for 57% of backup money in the NFL.) Then there’s the decent quarterback prospect the Eagles traded away two drafts for waiting in the wings. Total cost for 2016? About $30 million, the most any franchise in the NFL is paying their QBs.


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And how what Reid did years ago was frowned upon:

Bob Ford of Philly.com thinks Doug Pederson should know better than to hand out the starting quarterback job in May, as he did with Bradford.

When rookie head coach Andy Reid signed veteran backup Doug Pederson in 1999 and immediately installed him as the Eagles starting quarterback, come hell or high draft pick, Reid’s mentor, Mike Holmgren, shook his head.

“That can wreck your team,” Holmgren, the Green Bay coach, said.

Jobs aren’t supposed to be handed out in March or April. Players in the locker room like to believe in a meritocracy, particularly if the lack of one might cost them a football game. Plus, how can the fans accept a starter – and not call for his highly anticipated replacement – when it doesn’t appear the guy had to earn the position?

“It’s Doug’s job. I can’t put it any different than that,” Reid said that spring. “I’m not putting a time limit on it.”

The Eagles jumped in the DeLorean and fired up the flux capacitor this year, and while the comparison between the saga of Pederson and Donovan McNabb and that of Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz isn’t entirely parallel, it’s close enough. No matter what storybook plot is contrived to the contrary, the public can’t wait to see the golden child, and, truth to tell, neither can the organization. Everything else is baloney.

That is why – of all the myths and misdirections surrounding the current quarterback situation – the most egregiously wrong is that if Bradford had shrugged and been the good soldier after Wentz was drafted, that he could have serenely played the coming season without a 6-foot-5 shadow across his right shoulder.


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Joegrane
I suppose there are times when a coach and GM needs to announce a guy as the #1 in order to get the guy to leave his current team. I bet that was the case with Daniel. They needed to pay him like a placeholder #1 QB.

Maybe the Eagles spoke that way about Bradford because they knew it was so important to him. It was part of their way of attracting Sam to sign here.

It probably is wiser to choose one's words more carefully, such as, "it is his job to loose" and "He is our starter, assuming he continues to work hard, prepare and performs like he did in the second half of last year."

Obviously the Eagles have spent a huge amount of $ and now picks on QB. They obviously value the position greatly. Teams that are in the lower third of the league usually have below average QB play. After dumping Chip they were on the verge of falling apart and becoming a perennial bottom third team. Mr Lurie showed with his wallet how much he cares about winning.

When you have two former NFL QBs on your coaching staff, it makes very good sense to invest in a young QB for them to develop.

I very strongly disagree with one aspect of B Ford's comment. The Eagles certainly don't have one of the worst QB situations in the NFL. I can't imagine that any team is deeper at QB than the Eagles.

What does he think about Dallas? Sure they have an above average QB as a starter, but what happened when he went down, as he usually does? They went into the tank.

You need at least one quality backup that can allow a playoff contending team to beat below average teams while your starter is mending. The Eagles might have two such backups.

QUOTE (nephillymike @ May 8 2016, 08:51 AM) *
Fox Sports’ Chris Chase thinks the Eagles have the worst quarterback situation in the country.

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And how what Reid did years ago was frowned upon:

Bob Ford of Philly.com thinks Doug Pederson should know better than to hand out the starting quarterback job in May, as he did with Bradford.

When rookie head coach Andy Reid signed veteran backup Doug Pederson in 1999 and immediately installed him as the Eagles starting quarterback, come hell or high draft pick, Reid’s mentor, Mike Holmgren, shook his head.

“That can wreck your team,” Holmgren, the Green Bay coach, said.

Jobs aren’t supposed to be handed out in March or April. Players in the locker room like to believe in a meritocracy, particularly if the lack of one might cost them a football game. Plus, how can the fans accept a starter – and not call for his highly anticipated replacement – when it doesn’t appear the guy had to earn the position?

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Phits
To Reid's credit, his "gamble" worked out fairly well. Hopefully, we can have similar success with even better results.
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