Finding A Franchise Quarterback

The Eagles’ need to find a franchise QB.  They have failed to obtain one over the last couple years and it’s now time to set a direction and stick to it.  Whether he is on the roster (Bradford) or will be shortly after the draft (see our mock draft blogs for info on these players) the Eagles’ need to identify a player they can build with and around for the next decade. The Eagles’ need to do what Andy Reid did in 1999.  Pick a guy, make sure he knows he’s the guy and tailor a team and offense to his strengths.  Yes there will be ups and downs but that’s part of the process.  There needs to be a direction at the QB position and needs to start this year.  Whether it’s Bradford or not it’s time to start building.

The NFL is different than other sports where the success of your team is tied to one position.  It takes 3 successful phases of the game to be a great team but it all falls on the QB.  QB’s get all the blame and too much credit but that’s the way it is.  Since McNabb left after the 2009 season it’s been a bit of a revolving door at the QB position.  The week 1 starters from 2010 – 2014 in order are Kevin Kolb, Mike Vick 2011 – 2013 and Nick Foles.

In 2010 Kolb played 7 games returning to replace the injured Vick after he replaced the injured Kolb.  He threw for 1,197 yards with 7 TDs and 7 picks.  Not exactly someone who we can build a franchise around.  During Vick’s 3 years in which he went in as the starter he totaled 35 TDs, 27 INTs,  and 6,880 yards.  Again, due to the high TO rate and injuries Vick was not long for the position.  Foles faired a lot better than the previous two guys however the system wasn’t an ideal fit for him.  I would have actually given him another year but that’s just me.  Last year in which Foles entered as the starter he finished with 13 TDs, 10 INTs and 2,163 yards in an injury shortened season.  In those 5 years the Eagles’ finished with a 42-38 record with two playoff appearances and no victories.

Here’s hoping to the future.

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