Carson Wentz versus Jared Goff: Where are we in the discussion?
Where are we in the Carson Wentz versus Jared Goff conversation?
Normally, when two highly-touted quarterbacks are taken so highly in an NFL Draft, things don’t work out for one of them. In 2016’s selection meeting, the Los Angeles Rams took Jared Goff first overall while the Philadelphia Eagles took Carson Wentz second. The conversation immediately shifted to which quarterback would have the greater career and whether or not both teams had made the right call.
It’s a fair question. Just look at what happened when Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning were the topic of discussion. Then again, you could look even more recently at what happened with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffith III. Well, we don’t really have an answer to that one yet, do we?
Recently, an NFL ranking got us to thinking.
While every Eagles fan was celebrating Darren Sproles‘ birthday, NFL.com was releasing a list of its’ All-Under-25 Team. Jared Goff was given the nod as the team’s starting quarterback. Take a look:
That got us thinking about that old debate again. Where are we in the discussion? What if Wentz was actually under 25? Would he have gotten the nod over Goff? We’ll never know, will we?
Video courtesy of the NFL’s official YouTube page
We still believe Philly got the right guy, and so did the Rams.
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The Eagles once said they would have taken Wentz even if they had the first pick in the draft. For Goff, his career began with a stint on the bench. When his time arrived, he was surrounded with a nice supporting cast but plagued by inferior coaching.
Wentz’s era began right away. He was learning the rigors of an NFL with a head coach who was doing the same while trying to grow with an ever-changing roster that was plagued by injury.
Both exploded in year two. Wentz’s second year was cut short by injury, and he watched his comrades win a Super Bowl in his absence.
We still don’t have any way of formulating an appropriate answer to the question of who is or will be better.
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Year three is on the horizon for both, and though Wentz and Goff have a long way to go before their careers are over, we can say one thing. Both the Rams and ‘Birds’ got the right guy. Who knows who’ll have the better career. If you’re an Eagles fan, you hope it’s Wentz, but if you’re a football fan, you just want to enjoy the ride.
They’ll lock horns nine days before Christmas at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Maybe we’ll get some clarity then.