Wow, the first mailbag in the post-Carson Wentz era. Let’s get it going!
@cturboaddict: How much relief should we all have now that Wentz is gone? How much faith do you have in Jalen Hurts?
I’m so relieved, man. We waited for the shoe to drop for almost two months, and somehow the separation between the Eagles and Carson Wentz had started almost a year earlier. It was time to move on. I needed a fresh start. The Eagles organization needed a fresh start. We fans needed a fresh start. I spent every day for the last month waiting for Adam Schefter’s push notification that a deal had been closed.
While his game in 2020 was terrible, it has more to do with Wentz’s presence on a macro scale than his specific game. Yes, like I said, it was pretty bad last season, but a cultural reset was needed as we move into the next era of Eagles football and leave the Super Bowl years behind.
I have not hidden that I am a Jalen Hurts type. I would have preferred to see his development continue with Doug Pederson rather than a whole new coaching staff, but my belief that he will be an above-average starter in this league remains strong. His poise, leadership, physique and mobility are essential for a quarterback in 2021. When given a full offseason to get to work, especially with new quarterback coach Brian Johnson, with whom Hurts has a relationship of For life, I am ready to experience the Hurts thoroughly and watch him develop as a passer.
Give me Hurts, Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, Travis Fulgham, and then one of Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, or Kyle Pitts with some new plays mixed in. That’s an offensive lineup that has really prepared me. to watch Eagles football.
@georgeythegreek: Thoughts of the Eagles overlooking one of Ja’Marr Chase / DeVonta Smith to take Justin Fields?
I wrote about this in a mailbag last month:
I’ve done a variety of mock drafts over the last month or two for NBC Sports Philly, changing my top pick from 1 to 6 numerous times to avoid redundancy and spice things up.
Right now, this is how it would go:
1. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
2. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
3. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Right at this specific second, I would tip Smith over Justin Fields, but I can convince myself of it. Outside of the impossible dream of landing Trevor Lawrence, Fields is QB2 in this draft for me. Trey Lance is a standout machine, but I need a two-decade moratorium on quarterbacks for the state of North Dakota. I’m #TeamHurts, so pairing one of Chase or Smith to go with Hurts warms and annoys me, but again, it would be difficult to pass a player of Fields’ level of talent.
I’m not going to say, “There’s no way they’ll ruin this truck!” because there are a lot of ways they can, but they’re in a good position here to get some top players.
Great question from my favorite store on the planet. Here are some considerations:
- 2010 Kelly Green Asante Samuel
- 1996 White Troy Vincent
- 2004 Jeremiah Trotter black
- 1960 Kelly Green Tommy McDonald
- 1992 White Eric Allen (with Jerome Brown “JB” patch)
If any of these are done, I wouldn’t hate to get a gift for the helpful suggestion …
@MikeCheeese: Since the team is not going to be very good, is it time to bring Kelly Green back?
This kind of relates to the previous question, right?
He had been thinking about this for the past few weeks. Fan morale has to be at the lowest level in this century. What better way to increase engagement than to wear an alternate Kelly Green uniform?
Yeah I know the shit about the NFL helmet rule. Why not put a sticker around the entire helmet? I feel like I’m saying, “Why don’t they make the whole plane with the stuff from the black box?” when I ask that question, but it bears repeating.
They will print money!
Give me a kelly green # 11 Ja’Marr Chase and I’ll try to forget the mess that was 2020.
If they turn kelly green again at some point in the future, they should also wear silver pants.
Just as a note, I am not in favor of completely reverting to Kelly Green uniforms, but I am good at replacing alternate blacks with them. My reasoning:
It is midnight green. From the moment they started using it, Dallas never won again. They became the core team of the NFCE. They’ve had it for the most successful 20-year period in team history BY FAR. It’s unique. It’s a cool name. They won the fucking Super Bowl in it. https://t.co/oDQaDNsexf
– shamus (@shamus_clancy) May 15, 2020
@IrishIggles: QB from last round. Who do you have? Also, what do you think about the Eagles selecting Kyle Trask?
As for a guy from Day 3, Jamie Newman intrigues me. I wrote about him in my Philadelphia sports newsletter From Broad Street with Love (sign up) earlier this week when I was evaluating the Birds’ backup quarterback options for 2021:
I wouldn’t go in this direction, but if the Eagles want to have a quarterback on the third day of this year’s draft, Jamie Newman is a guy who gives me good vibes.
Newman played three years at Wake Forest before transferring to Georgia for the 2020 season. Newman opted out of the 2020 season, a move that certainly hurt his draft stock. He’s got tools, he’s got an NFL body at 6’4 ”, 230 pounds. and it is mobile.
Here are their 2019 numbers for the Demon Deacons:
2,868 passing yards, 60.9 percent completion percentage, 7.9 yards per attempt, 26 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 574 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns
I’m in Trask. I could see why people might think the Eagles are after him because now they have their offensive coordinator from Florida and quarterback coach in Philadelphia in Brian Johnson, but if you want a quarterback in the draft, get one. top four or let’s take a developmental guy on Day 3. I’d rather stick with Hurts some other way. His numbers were eye-catching for the Gators, but I’m looking for a more mobile guy in the modern NFL.
@ Phillyguy413: Travis Fulgham, flash in the pan? Not used properly or something else?
I STILL. BELIEVE.
What about a receiving corps this next season that looks like Travis Fulgham and then a Chase / Smith / Waddle in front of him with Jalen Reagor in the slot? I’m convincing myself!
@Tom_bleed_verde: What about your Wentz shirt now?
I’m mailing my Nike North Dakota State Wentz jersey that I once wore (in a twist of fate, the day Jalen Hurts was drafted) to my college friend Blaine who is a Colts fan. He’s also the biggest troll in the world, so I’m looking forward to a lot of feedback over the next two years when it comes to Carson’s performance in Indianapolis.
@janmellon: If Wentz doesn’t work at Indy, should he be tagged as a recruit?
I would say not. He was a second-team All-Pro pick, won two division titles and played an integral role on a team that won a Super Bowl. Looking at the picks of the top five quarterbacks in the last quarter of the century, teams would take it all day regardless of the fact that they ended up on fire.
@jjsauerw: Can you recommend any good Sunday afternoon pastimes for the next 3-5 years?
Here is an incomplete list:
- checking out pizzerias in your local area
- become a Craft Beer Guy ™
- becoming one of those people who says “sporpsball”
- reading military history books like Michael Kist
- Nursing hangovers from college football saturdays
- re-binging Bob’s Burgers
- spending time with loved ones (debatable)
* 1-800-GAMBLER for gambling problems