THE Eagles may already be auditioning others for QB Carson Wentz‘s job.
Nine days ago, former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb said on a CBS sports radios show, that if current Wentz cannot stay healthy and make deep strides into the playoffs in the next three (“two really”) years, that the Eagles “should look to possibly draft another quarterback, because you just don’t know about his durability.”
Many fans and RT Lane Johnson, quickly lunged for McNabb’s jugular, calling him “bitter”, “jealous” and “afraid that in a few years Carson would surpass him”. All of those things may well be true, but they don’t acknowledge one key point:
Donovan McNabb is 100% correct in his assessment. While people may not like that HE said it, it happens to be dead on balls accurate.
Wentz is about to get a new contract worth about 35M$ per season. Do you really think that this Eagles team, the one you’ve rooted for for decades, the team that has conducted business a certain way since 1994, the one that parted with fan favorites Brian Dawkins, ^Reggie White^, and Jeremiah Trotter all with plenty of gas in their tanks, the one that traded their all-time best QB (McNabb) to a division rival, if you think that this Front Office will eat 70 – 105M$ with no success, and just keep on keeping on, then you can stop reading right here. Because there is just no reaching you.
For the rest of you, there are three things that I find telling about this situation.
First, a couple of major market local publications have said that McNabb is correct. The Inquirer’s Marcus Hayes says in an April 22nd article “Donovan McNabb is right. He just said it wrong. This, for him, is nothing new.” When comparing all four NFC East QB’s, NJ.com’s Joe Giglio, just this morning said April 29th “Wentz stands at No.1, but he’s also the most likely to be replaced within three years—just like Donovan McNabb said.”
WOW. For professional journalists who want to stay on good terms with the Eagles organization, those are wow statements. However, on their own they’re merely statements. Just a couple of local scribes giving their opinions. No need to assign any weight to them. And I would agree with that except, well…
Second, today makes nine days since McNabb made his original comment. NINE. And in all that time, the Eagles Front Office has not issued one statement on the matter. If not to wave off McNabb’s words, then to at least offer a statement of long-term, “hell or high-water” faith in Wentz. Verbally however, they have been stone silent. How about NON-verbally?
Third, seven days after McNabb’s comments, the Front Office drafted QB Clayton Thorson in the 5th round of the Draft. I know, I know, “Who cares? He’s a fifth round rookie. He’s a camp body. We already have QB Nate Sudfeld as our #2. Hey BEAST, stop making fucking mountains out of molehills.”
I hear you.
Thing is, upon watching game tape of Thorson, I was struck immediately by how much his mechanics look like Wentz coming out of North Dakota. Think I’m crazy. Okay. Here is Thorson and here is Wentz. Have a look. If you follow this page, you’ll be too smart not see it.
As I said in my Draft Report, Sudfeld is hardly locked into that #2 slot. He’s a Redskins 6th round pick, now being pushed by an Eagles 5th round pick. Sudfeld has all of 25 career pass attempts, zero starts, and 0 – 6 loss to the Cowboys, where he played most of the game. If Thorson looks good in mini-camp, he will challenge for #2 in Training Camp.
Do you see the wall? Do you see the writing? While McNabb may have said it, it’s the Eagles who have already put a plan into motion. Wentz needs to have playoff success and he needs to have it soon. Like in the next three, two really, seasons.