At one point or another, we’ve all dreamed of taking the field as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. For most of us, we realized that dream would die in high school, but we’ve been fortunate enough to cheer for some great ones, especially over the past 40 years or so. Just look at some of these names: Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Carson Wentz, and Jalen Hurts.
You can find similarities in all of those guys. It’s equally as easy to point out where they differ. Two of them, Jalen Hurts and Carson Wentz, whether we admit it or not, are companion pieces in history as one replaced the other.
Recently, McNabb hung out with Zach Gelb on CBS Sports. Naturally, with an intriguing quarterback duel on the NFL’s slate of games in Week 3, a conversation about Hurts and Wentz ensued.
Donovan Mcnabb refers to Jalen Hurts as the ‘grown man in the room’ while discussing the time he and Carson Wentz shared as teammates.
As great as the quarterback play has been in Philadelphia, anyone holding the title of QB1 can expect he’ll be criticized. More than a decade has passed since Donovan McNabb has started a game in the NFL. It’s been more than a dozen years since he started a game for the Eagles. People are still split on how they view his legacy.
One thing can’t be denied. He’s still statistically the best quarterback in franchise history, and who are we kidding? He’s always good for a soundbite.
While speaking with Gelb, again, the Carson Wentz versus Jalen Hurts conversation came up (as you’d expect). Number 5 throws his vote in the ballot box for Hurts as he believes Jalen was, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the obvious choice for Philly’s future.
McNabb drove the point home by stating “We’re seeing him be able to put the pressure on his shoulders” and that he’s able to “move forward with his head high”. He also shared his view on what the quarterback room looked like when they both were in the quarterback room together.
"I’ve said it since he was drafted in the second round. I said he was the grown man in the room when Carson Wentz was there. I thought people really need to look at his experiences and how he got to this position, having an opportunity to play in the (College Football Playoff) and being a Heisman Trophy candidate. Showing that he can throw the football."
McNabb also shared his views on the Super Bowl hype.
"I wouldn’t (discuss the possibility of reaching) the Super Bowl right now. I think they’ll be a strong NFC East contender, being able to win the NFC East. I’m looking forward to them possibly making it and advancing to the second round. At that particular point, as a player, you know, you need a little bit of luck and an extra push to get you over the hump, but I definitely see us as a playoff team, a team that will be a little up and down over the regular season. think we’re strong enough from an experience standpoint, from the players, to be able to overcome a lot of the adversity they’ll face this year."
We’ll take it Five! And, we agree. We’re taking the one-week-at-a-time approach. Another step forward comes with a game versus the Commanders on Sunday. Jalen Hurts starts for Philadelphia, and a former Eagles franchise signal-caller will be standing on the other sideline.