Is anything wrong with giving the Heisman runner-up the keys if things go haywire with the Philadelphia Eagles at quarterback?
Nobody talks about this now, but once upon a time, the plan was to redshirt Carson Wentz as a rookie, play Sam Bradford, and see what happens. Then, eight games before the season began, Bradford was shipped off.
The “Birds” were making a statement. Win or lose, they were putting their eggs in Wentz’s basket. In hindsight, it was the right move. Nothing major was expected from Philly in 2016. They got some very valuable in-game experience for “11” and won seven games. The groundwork was laid for what would come in 2017.
The “Birds” were met in 2017’s season with minimal expectations. They got a near-MVP season from Carson Wentz, and they won the Super Bowl. Would that be the case had Wentz sat behind Bradford for a year? We’ll never know, but here’s what we can say.
There’s no quarterback controversy in the “quarterback factory”, but if something happens to Carson Wentz, the best course of action might be handing the ball to the rookie, Jalen Hurts. What do they have to lose? We know Philly won’t win a Super Bowl with Nate Sudfeld, or at least, we should. Why not give the Heisman runner-up some experience?