One thing has become clear over the last few weeks for the Philadelphia Eagles at the all important quarterback position. They don’t have one. The Eagles seemingly go every week with questions of who’s starting this week, who’s injured, and who has to step in.
It is torture for the Eagles and their fans. The last time they can truly say they had a franchise quarterback was Donovan McNabb. Since then it has been a hodgepodge of different signal callers from Kevin Kolb, to Vince Young, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, and now even Matt Barkley.
The franchise looked to be in good hands with Vick after a near MVP campaign in 2010. His play and his health since then has fallen off the map.
There was a camp that believed Foles was that guy. I believe he proved last week with his inconsistent play and dating back to his 1-5 record last season that he is not the answer for the franchise at quarterback.
The Eagles will have to start over at the quarterback position this offseason. Even with as many defensive needs as the Eagles have, if you don’t have a quarterback you can rely on you don’t have a chance in this league. Helping matters for the Eagles is this year’s class that is said to be loaded at the quarterback position. The question is will the Eagles be in position to grab one? Some of these guys such as Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Mariota, two perfect fits for Chip Kelly‘s offense, may go really early in the draft.
My money is on Mariota and Bridgewater being off the board, but there are still two very intriguing options for Kelly’s offense at quarterback in Brett Hundley and Johnny Manziel. If Hundley declares he will remind some of McNabb with his size, strength, athletic ability, and cannon of an arm. He would fit in nice as an athletic signal caller to run the up-tempo read-option.
Of course everyone knows about Manziel. The controversial athlete is someone Kelly is very familiar with as he recruited him hard to come to Oregon out of high school, and Manziel came within inches of coming there, committing and de-committing ultimately leaving the keys to Mariota. While Manziel can be a handful Kelly would love the second chance for him to run his offense.
The future signal caller is not yet on this roster, and that much is clear. Kelly and GM Howie Roseman will have to be meticulous in finding their guy. The future of the franchise depends on it.