Well, if you’re like most Philadelphia Eagles fans, you’ve developed a new way to navigate the hullabaloo. It didn’t take much, but after so many Howie Roseman or Jeffrey Lurie press conferences, you learn that things they say must be taken at face value.
They don’t talk to the media much, and right now, after the last few times you’ve seen them, you’ve probably learned that you don’t mind that as much as you once did. Boy, they’re annoying.
Here’s what’s important to know, and again, you’ve probably figured this out. If we’re going to make educated guesses about what’s really going on, we’ll need to use the eyeball test and good old-fashioned common sense. Then again, we could just wait on a slip-up, and in his first press conference as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Nick Sirianni may have given us something.
Pay very close attention if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
After watching Jeffrey Lurie speak for close to 20 minutes about nothing (he never mentioned Doug Pederson by the way), we finally got to hear from Coach Sirianni. He was asked about a quarterback competition, as you might imagine. He responded by stating that he wasn’t ready to state whether or not there would be a real quarterback competition but that there was a need to evaluate all positions.
Now, how you evaluate the quarterback position in Philly as a new head coach with no competition is an interesting talking point, but that isn’t the most interesting thing Sirianni stated.
Later on, he stated that while he has the final say-so on the gameday roster, Eagles executive vice president and general manager Howie Roseman has the final say-so on the 53-man roster. Now, why is that important? It’s simple actually. Think about everything you’ve heard to this point.
Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie began their search with the intent of finding someone who can ‘salvage Carson Wentz‘. Doug Pederson was allowed to leave, and some of the belief is (though we’ve never heard this from Lurie, Roseman, or Pederson), Doug wanted to move forward with Jalen Hurts as the starter. We also know that Howie has a Fathead of Carson Wentz in his office.
If two and two still equal four, and apparently it still does, if Howie is a Carson guy and Howie, like the head coach just said, has the final say on who winds up on the Eagles’ 53-man roster, how is Carson Wentz not back on this Eagles team in 2021 (unless, of course, he wants to leave)?
It’s a fair question, right? Then again, maybe this is reading too much into it. Either way, the argument can be made for both sides of the conversation. The debate table is wide open for this one.