Clay Asplundh and Oliver Colvin
The Eagles have been through a constant struggle to find a quarterback that can satisfy their offensive needs. Although they have had returning quarterbacks such as Michael Vick and Sam Bradford, none have truly proven that they can be successful with the team. The last true Eagles quarterback was Donovan McNabb. McNabb was with the Eagles for about 11 seasons and while criticized a lot, was able to find success with the team. McNabb achieved six Pro Bowl selections, six NFC East division titles, eight playoff appearances, five appearances in the NFC Championship game, and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX. Hopefully, this season a quarterback will emerge to win a starting spot on the Eagles.
The Eagles are hoping this new man can be Carson Wentz, whom they drafted with the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of North Dakota State University. Coming from a D-1AA program that didn’t face top college talent, there were questions about how his game could translate to the NFL level. However, Wentz silenced his haters with a near perfect debut, throwing for almost 300 yards on 22 of 37 passing along with tossing two touchdowns. Wentz showed perfect placement on both touchdowns and gave the Eagles big plays down the field that they had been lacking under previous quarterback Sam Bradford. Fans went wild as they saw the work of a possible franchise QB.
Carson Wentz wasn’t the only impressive showing on Sunday. The defense stifled RG3 and the Browns all game and showed the aggressiveness that was on display in the preseason. Constant pressure was forced by Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin as they all forced sacks and constant pressure. The Eagles have a bright season and may finally have a chance to win the Superbowl.