Look around and take a deep breath, because for the first time since 2011 the Eagles don’t have the slightest hint of a controversy around their starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Former Eagles starter Michael Vick is serving as a mentor to Geno Smith with the New York Jets, and there isn’t a single quarterback of the three others on the Eagles roster who could legitimately challenge Nick Foles for the job.
I don’t know about you, but the yearly back-and-forth over who will spearhead the Eagles is a draining experience. This year, it’s an easy answer: Nick Foles is this team’s leader. Interestingly enough, the last time the Philadelphia Eagles had a 25 year old quarterback definitively enter the season as a starter was in 2002 with Donovan McNabb.
One thing that remains to be seen is Foles’ viability as a long-term starter. He’s clearly the best quarterback on the roster with the best rapport amongst his teammates, but it goes without saying this season will determine a lot about his future in Philadelphia. Stat predictions are impossible at this point, but Foles has the work ethic that you want out of your team’s quarterback as a fan. He’ll never admit for a second that he had a great game, because that’s not his style.
Behind Foles is where the competition is, albeit a truncated version of what Eagles fans are accustomed to. Due to both players’ USC heritage, I’m dubbing the battle of the backups “Trojan Warfare”, though I’m sure I’m not the first to do so. The job in question comes between 2013 fourth-round pick Matt Barkley and former New York Jets starter Mark Sanchez, and the first crack at things is swinging in the direction of Sanchez. There’s also G.J. Kinne, but his chance of a roster spot in September is minimal at best.
Regardless of the outcome, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback hierarchy is stable at the top, even if for one year. The Eagles had the opportunity to select both Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater in May’s Draft, but passed. So let us lay the quarterback controversy ghost to rest for now, knowing that soon enough we’ll see rumors of UCLA’s Brett Hundley or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota begin to grow in due time.
Unless the Eagles fall apart at the seams, being in position to acquire either player is unlikely at best. If Nick Foles has anything to say about it, he won’t leave the Eagles any doubt of who belongs in Philadelphia.