By: Mike Parmiter
The days are getting longer, and the weather is heating up. This can only mean one thing; the return of the NFL is right around the corner. It has been a relatively quiet offseason up to this point with a few rumors circling of a Gronk trade and Julio Jones displaying tons of frustration with the Falcons. The one story that isn’t getting any press: a QB controversy in Philly.
This thought popped into my head this past Father’s Day weekend with reports of Tom “Can’t catch a pass” Brady spending some quality time with papa Foles, who delivered the Eagles their first Super bowl last season. Original starter Carson Wentz is only six months removed from an ACL tear and is continuing to progress through rehab with no given timetable for return. Head coach Doug Pederson and more importantly, Eagles fans, unequivocally state Wentz is their starting quarterback. But this may not be the case for long.
Everyone is shaking off this injury like its a pulled hammy. But hey, Tom Brady, Phil Rivers, and elite starting QB Joe Flacco have all torn ACLs and bounced back right? The difference is none of these quarterbacks heavily rely on mobility. Wentz produced so many highlight reels last season, most occurring while out of the pocket. The last mobile quarterback to tear an ACL was RG III, and we all know how he recovered from his injury. The Eagles also have a relatively tough first half of the season playing the Falcons, Vikings, Panthers, and Jaguars all on the road. What happens if the Eagles are sitting at 3-5 looking at a bye week after week 8? Are you telling me the fans who booed Santa won’t be running down to ACE hardware stocking up on AA Duracell batteries to hurl onto Lincoln Financial week 10 against the Giants, assuming Wentz starts from week 1?
Most importantly, the busy offseason for Wentz hasn’t even been mentioned. He recently married American actress Megan Markle, ruffling the feathers of the stuffy English royal family. He also has many responsibilities as prince, and now husband. Can he juggle all this with Eagles fans and talk radio at his throat? Time will tell, but I see a QB controversy brewing in the city of brotherly love.
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