I have not made any season predictions on teams for the 2016 season, but I am already convinced that the Philadelphia Eagles will not contend for the NFC East or a wild card spot in the playoffs. The reason is that former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has left his replacement Doug Pederson with a total mess at the quarterback position.
If you have been watching how successful teams operate in the league, you know that if a franchise does not have a legitimate option at the quarterback position, the team that you root for will suffer.
It has been reported by numerous media outlets, that the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in retaining Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback going into 2016. I am writing to tell you that the Eagles resigning Sam Bradford could turn out to be a terrible idea. In 2015, Bradford passed for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdown passes, and 14 interceptions.
Those are some pretty mediocre numbers for a quarterback that is trying to resign for “Aaron Rodgers money.” If the Eagles choose not to sign Bradford, they have other options in regards to filling the void at the quarterback position. The 2016 NFL Draft is full of quarterbacks that could turn out to be a steal for a team like the Eagles.
They do not have to draft a quarterback in the 1st round; however in the 2nd round, they better take the best one that is available. As of right now, the Eagles pick at no.13 in this year’s NFL Draft. Quarterbacks that are expected to be taken before the Eagles select at the no.13 spot are Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch, and Carson Wentz.
Wentz, who is being touted as the next Cam Newton by NFL Draft guru, Mike Mayock. Out of the first twelve picks in the draft, there are about three teams that need a quarterback. However, the quarterbacks that I listed earlier are not a guaranteed top-ten selection.
If either one of those signal callers drops to the Eagles at no.13, they need to go ahead and draft their quarterback of the future. Because Doug Pederson is from the “Andy Reed” coaching tree, the quarterback that is most suited for his offense will be Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State University. Numerous NFL Draft experts state that Wentz is pretty mobile for a guy of his size.
In today’s NFL, you need a quarterback that has the type of mobility to leave the pocket if needed be, even if the quarterback is labeled a “pocket passer.” Another route the Eagles might take to fill their needs at the quarterback position is by trading for one. It has been reported that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has requested permission from the team to seek a trade.
I think that the Eagles would be willing to give up one of their picks in this year’s draft to put Kaepernick in an Eagles uniform. If the Eagles were to trade for Kaepernick, the only issues that they would have left are what type of players they would surround him with.
The Eagles do not have to resign Sam Bradford to a long-term deal, to solidify their quarterback position; there are other options available to fill the gap. Either way, Eagles fans should not expect a playoff run from this ball club this season unless Kaepernick or RG3 is in an Eagles uniform.
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