6. Carson Wentz’s Eagles story all but ends with the beginning of the Jalen Hurts era at Lambeau Field… ten years after Mike Vick replaced Kevin Kolb.
Once upon a time, the Eagles were in a unique situation, they had hitched their wagon to what they thought would be their franchise quarterback before unforeseen circumstances led to a change at signal-caller.
Gosh, we thought Kevin Kolb would be pretty good too.
What’s that? Oh, you thought we were talking about the Jalen Hurts and Carson Wentz thing? Well, that was quite the moment as well. Still, as they say, history has a way of repeating itself, and the decision to shift gears and hand the keys to the franchise to Jalen (in Green Bay at Lambeau Field of all places) came ten years after there was a seismic shift for Philly at home versus The Pack on opening day in 2010.
Seriously… You can’t make this stuff up.
As stated, the Birds had entered some unfamiliar territory in 2010 as they were beginning a new chapter. Long-time starter Donovan McNabb had been traded to Washington, and Kevin Kolb was named Philadelphia’s new QB1. Unfortunately, Kolb would suffer a concussion early thanks to a Clay Matthews tackle. That’s when Michael Vick found himself back in the spotlight.
Vick threw for 175 yards and a touchdown on that day and picked up another 103 yards with his legs. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell to the visiting team by a 27-20 margin much as they fell to Green Bay when the decision was made to bench Carson in favor of Jalen during Week 13 of the 2020 season.
Much has changed since then. Carson has played football in two more cities. Jalen’s number has changed, and we’re glad it has. He couldn’t keep calling himself ‘Number 2’ now, could he?
Still, it’s rather unique that two huge days in Eagles lore and the corresponding quarterback changes that came along with them both occurred during games between these extended rivals, but while we’re discussing the quarterback position, we’d be remiss if we didn’t bring up