FINALLY! The Eagles have applied the word “Franchise” to a QB.
Since the trading of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in 2010, we’ve had QB’s named the Starter. Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, and Nick Foles respectively; but none of them were referred to as the Franchise QB. Now that we have declared one, this franchise can really begin to focus on winning a Super Bowl.
You may say “Jeez dude. It’s just words. You can “declare” anybody anything, it doesn’t make them any better. It doesn’t spot you points, or win you games”, and you’d be right for saying that. So why am I so excited? It’s because franchise QB is vastly different position from starting QB.
With a starting QB the coach names a guy because he’s the best fit on the roster for the system. A few shaky performances or not being 100% can change that, however.
With a franchise QB, he is the unquestioned starter because the franchise has anointed him so. He’s not the best fit for the system, he is the heart of the system, and pieces are added that fit him. If he’s not 100% he’s still expected –scratch that− counted on to play. When he’s shaky for a few games, no one mentions his back-up.
Better than that, the word “Franchise” says he’s going to be here for some time. If you’re a receiver it means you need to realize what side your bread is buttered on. When the QB calls a 2 week off-season workout at his house, you show up and you stay. For both weeks.
Tell the wife or girlfriend whatever you have to, because you can’t have your QB falling in love with another receiver, only to see your numbers drop, just ‘cause her heart was set on Cancun. Stats are money, stats come from execution, and execution comes from practice. That nice house she lives in, ain’t free. So you pack a bag and grab your ass a seat on a plane. The Franchise QB has juice like that.
When the coach hems and haws about a starter, even if both/all competing QB’s call a work-out, neither has the pull to punish if you don’t show.
This however, changes everything. Foles is THE MAN now. The focus is now on getting him the tools that HE needs. Now we can get around to seeing if he can deliver 10 wins a year, or if the Eagles have made a grievous error. We get to see if 2013 was real, or a marvelous fluke. Because now, we’re committed to our QB. We’re not approaching cautiously. We’re all in.
Finally. For the first time since McNabb was traded, we have ourselves a Franchise QB.