Philadelphia Eagles: 5 quarterbacks Carson Wentz is still better than

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As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, do you want Wentz or ‘Matty Ice’?

Speaking of guys that looked a whole lot better when Kyle Shanahan was on the sideline with them, we’ve reached Matt Ryan‘s portion of this story. Yes, Matt Ryan’s NFL tale will forever carry the chapter that reads he’s a former NFL Most Valuable Player. That story can’t be told without also stating that Ryan has never looked that good beforehand or ever since. We’d also have to state that his First-team All-Pro nod in 2016 was the only First-team All-Pro nod of his career.

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His 11-5 record in 2016 equals the 11-5 win-loss total that he notched as a rookie. His 13-3 mark in 2012 was his best showing, but statistically, he’s never been better than he was with Shanahan in 2016. That year he completed 69.9 percent of his passes and threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Sadly, if you’re a Falcons fan, Ryan’s career is one highlighted by playoff failures, including the Super Bowl-meltdown that ended that 2016 run, that egg his team laid at the end of the 2010-2011 campaign, and that collapse versus the San Francisco 49ers to close the 2012-2013 run. He’s created more questions about himself than he’s answered. Is he simply a compiler of stats? Would we be wrong to call him a better version of Matthew Stafford?

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Yes, you can argue that Ryan’s done more than Carson Wentz, but let’s be honest here. Knowing everything that we know now or, heck, even if we didn’t know anything about either one of them, ask yourself this. If you had to start a team with Carson Wentz or Matt Ryan as your quarterback, who would you choose? Hey Eagles fans, if you went with Ryan, you wouldn’t have that Vince Lombardi Trophy on your shelf.