4. Note to Philly: If you want great players, you’ll sign guys with big personalities.
In some circles, everything that’s been said up to this point can be identified as a great business practice for building a team around their quarterback. In others, it could also be viewed as coddling. It’s as if this team is afraid to do anything to offend or upset their QB1.
We’ve seen what’s gone on across town with the Philadelphia 76ers and their handling of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. It’s like their organization is afraid to rattle either one of their cages. How is that working out for the Sixers by the way?
The Eagles don’t want Carson Wentz looking over his shoulder and seeing Foles. They may not be in the market for veteran receivers because they want Wentz’s voice to echo the loudest. They may not be in the market for a backup quarterback who’s made a name for himself.
Say it out loud to yourself. Philly isn’t signing Cam Newton or any other backup with a strong personality, and in the case of Newton, that’s probably a good thing for reasons that probably need to be discussed another day. Again, all of this is understandable on one hand. On the other, it can be argued that this says something unflattering about Wentz’s mental makeup.
No one’s saying Wentz can’t handle strong personalities or competition, but if the “Birds” want to be competitive, they’re going to have to enlist competitive athletes. Oftentimes, some of those guys are vocal. It’s called “swagger”, something Philadelphia could benefit from. The long and the short of everything is this. The good of the other 52 guys on the roster can’t be sacrificed for the ego of another.
Again, no one’s saying that’s the case, but with so many examples, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine if that’s what’s happening.