The Eagles are positively quarterback crazy.
With news that the team would draft a quarterback (likely Carson Wentz) with their newly acquired No.2-overall pick, one can’t help but think about the ridiculous experience and knowledge that will be expunged during training camp and the regular season in Philly’s quarterbacks room.
With Sam Bradford slated to lead the team (at least in 2016), backed up by Chase Daniel and coached by a former NFL quarterbackand two other assistant coaches with lots of experience with quarterbacks, the NovaCare Complex will be quarterback heaven.
And perhaps the perfect incubator for a rookie signal-caller to watch, learn, and eventually try and emulate another recent “late NFL bloomer” Aaron Rodgers, who sat and watched Brett Favre for three whole seasons before taking over in Green Bay.
“We’re going to invest in quarterbacks,” Howie Roseman said Wednesday.
Philly has $22 million guaranteed to Bradford for at least two seasons, $12 million to Daniel and likely near$20 million for their first round pick.
Is that money well-spent?
Here’s a breakdown of the insane quarterback-coachingresumes (and local ties)huddling in the Birds’ quarterbacks room, waiting to teach Wentz the ropes. The experience in years is college and pro coaching and playing years combined:
QB coach John DeFillippo: 20 years
DeFillippo has coached quarterbacks at 10 different pro and college organizations, including the Browns, Jets, Raiders and Notre Dame. He played the position at James Madison andgrew up nearby in Radnor, PA.
Offensive coordinator Frank Reich: 26 years
Reich backed up Boomer Esiason at the University of Maryland and played quarterback for four NFL teams for 14 seasons. He has coached as an assistant for four different NFL teams, most recently the Chargers where he worked as a quarterbacks coach and then offensive coordinator. He grew up in Lebanon, PA.
Head coach Doug Pederson: 28 years
Pederson has done it all, playing professionally for 14 season, some of them withthe Eaglesand others backing up Favre in Green Bay. He then coached the Birds’ quarterbacks and Chiefs offense for seven seasons (with four seasons coaching high school atCalvary Baptist Academy in between). Heset several college records at Northeast Louisiana University under center.
Starting QB Sam Bradford: 10 years
Bradford won a Heisman Trophy in Oklahoma and Rookie of the Year with the Rams. Though he’s rarely stayed healthy or been given the tools to succeed on the field during his six NFL seasons, he is undoubtedly blessed with a high football IQ and will be the Birds’ starter next season.Bradford threw fora career-high 3,725 yards, the fourth-highest yardage total in franchise history in 2015. His 346 completions and his career-high 65 percent completion rate wereEagles single-season records.
Backup QB Chase Daniel: 11 years
Daniel is pretty muchPederson to Pederson’s Andy Reid. When Reid came to Phillyfrom Green Bay, he brought his backup quarterback with him — Pederson. Eventually, Pederson became Reid’s QBs coach and offensive coordinator. Danielis a football maven andis destined to coach in Pederson’s footsteps someday. He’ll be an on-field coach for the Eagles’ franchise quarterback to be.