By Andy Staples The Eagles are going to have to play with two quarterbacks in their starting lineup and two backups for the entire season.
That means it’ll be hard to run the offense without a clear leader, and that may mean some of the players who started at QB in 2015 will be lost to the team’s offseason moves.
If the Eagles want to win, they have to find someone who can make the most of Wentz’s talent and experience, not someone who has had the same success in other situations.
That may be the key to finding success this season.
“I think we’ve got to get that out of him,” Chip Kelly said about Wentz.
“We have to figure out a way to give him the ball and keep him in the game.
He’s an absolute pro.”
The Eagles have a history of trying to win without a starting quarterback.
Wentz was a first-round pick by the Eagles in 2015, but he has never been able to replicate that success.
The team went through some shuffling after the 2016 season, but eventually settled on a three-headed quarterback search that ultimately led to Carson Wentza.
After the 2016 regular season, the Eagles signed Sam Bradford, but it was a tough decision to keep the veteran quarterback, who signed a five-year, $126 million contract extension in March.
The Eagles didn’t go out and give Wentz a new contract, but the team has kept a good track of the quarterbacks it has signed over the years.
There’s a good chance that Wentz will start in Week 1, as the Eagles are still trying to determine if they’ll move to the shotgun for Wentz to start.
Kelly said he’d like to have the quarterback start at least a third of the games this season, and the Eagles have already begun the process of doing that with Bradford.
Kelly would also like to see Wentz have a bit more success this year.
“We’ll see,” Kelly said.
“I know that’s a tough one.
I’ve always said that.
But if you have two great guys, two great players, I know they can play together.
And I think we’ll get that done.
But, you know, at the end of the day, you’ve got two quarterbacks that have been together for a long time, Wentz and [Sam] Bradford.
And the only way you’re going to be able to do it is with those two guys.
And it just hasn’t happened yet.”
Kelly also said he hasn’t ruled out starting Sam Bradford again in the future.
That’s a possibility because of Wentza’s injury history, but Kelly didn’t mention that during his media availability.
Bradford’s contract will be up at the conclusion of the 2017 season, so if the Eagles decide to move on from Bradford and keep Bradford in the lineup for the remainder of the season, they would be on the hook for the $16 million in guaranteed money he signed for the next two years.
The Eagles will have to make some tough decisions this offseason.
They have to decide whether to move to a shotgun offense or move to their traditional spread offense.
The Eagles are also going to need to figure what they do with Jordan Matthews and Jordan Matthews Jr., who are both under contract through 2021.
Matthews was a second-round draft pick by Philly in 2016, but didn’t have much success during his rookie season.
The former first-rounder was a third-round selection in 2017, but was traded to the Tennessee Titans in July.
Matthews hasn’t played for the Eagles since then, and he hasn.
He has said that he’d rather be a starter at some point.
He may not be a great fit in the Eagles offense, and Kelly said that the team won’t have to try to replace Matthews.
“It’s up to them to decide that,” Kelly explained.
“It’s a business, and they’ve made their decision.
And then they’ve got other guys who will step up and make plays for them.
And that’s the way we look at it.
But we’ve just got to make a decision about that, and then I think they can make their decision.”