Head coach Doug Pederson stands by Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld
Whether you agree with it or not, the Philadelphia Eagles made the right call when it came to their quarterback situation. Instead of opting to have a training camp battle at the most important position on the team, head coach Doug Pederson recently laid out all the plans.
Coming back from injury, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz is already penciled in as the Eagles’ starting quarterback and rightfully so. Not only is he the best man to get the job done but Pederson also wisely made the right call when it came to his backup.
It’s no secret that with the Eagles drafting quarterback Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft, it caused quite the controversy in the football world. Many were hoping that this would be a great insurance policy in case Wentz goes down to injury again and having Hurts step right in and taking care of business. Luckily, that won’t be the case this upcoming season as Pederson confirmed that Nate Sudfeld is more than ready to be his backup quarterback.
In an article written by Reuben Frank of NBC Sports, Pederson confirmed that there won’t be any quarterback controversy or distractions throughout training camp by having an open competition. Instead, it’s looking like it’ll be Wentz, Sudfeld, and Hurts in that order. In the grand scheme of things, this was a brilliant thing to do now as it enables everyone to focus on the task at hand and avoid every pass, interception, and miscue being overanalyzed to decipher who is the better quarterback to start.
Carson Wentz set to start as Nate Sudfeld will be his backup on the Philadelphia Eagles
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Even though it’s tempting for the Eagles to have a real training camp competition with the starting role up for grabs, that would be a dire mistake. Not only does Wentz have the most starting experience but there is no need for the Eagles to immediately hand the keys over a potential future franchise quarterback in Hurts.
Yes, Hurts looks like he can be the real deal but it’s best for him to be developed and coached over the next few years while Wentz holds it down in the meantime. Throwing in a rookie quarterback just for the sake to see what he can do at the pro level when it’s not needed at all wouldn’t solve anything.
Fans are worried that Wentz is another injury away from once again hitting the injured reserve list but all accounts so far indicate that he’s ready to do what he does best. Pederson also confirmed that the Eagles will take a very slow approach when it comes to Hurts in order for him to be developed the right way by learning from the sidelines, not thrown immediately into action.
Perhaps in 2021 or even 2022, Hurts can make his case to compete for a backup or starting role but for now, the Eagles are ready to silence all the critics when it comes to their quarterback situation. It’s the right call and provided everyone stays healthy, it’ll be great to see Wentz start in 2020, Sudfeld as his backup, and Hurts learning the ins and outs on a tablet.