It isn’t uncommon to hear fans in Philadelphia preach high praise for their quarterback, Carson Wentz; and rightfully so.
The question, however, is when does the praise become over-exaggerated and nonsensical?

While it is impossible to be unbias on such a topic, Philadelphia Eagles Nation writers Will Connell, MarQuell Fripp, and Brian P. Boyle attempt to place their fandoms aside and evaluate debatable ‘quarterback vs quarterback’ arguments involving Carson Wentz with as much objectivity as possible.

The criteria for these questions are quite simple: which quarterback would you rather have on your NFL roster for the next three seasons; regardless of contract or situation. Imagine it as if an expansion team just entered the league and needed to win a championship within the next three seasons to stay.


Who would you bet your job on? Let’s find out.


1) – AGREE or DISAGREE:

I would rather have Dak Prescott as my starting quarterback over Carson Wentz.”

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Will Connell – DISAGREE, I’d rather have Wentz

Eagles fans have a tough pill to swallow: Dak Prescott is a good quarterback. Over their careers, Prescott and Wentz have near-identical completion percentages (65.8 to 63.8), touchdown passes (97 to 97), and interceptions (36 to 35), but Prescott has 1,600 more passing yards. That’s not to say Prescott’s the better quarterback — he isn’t. But when Eagles fans tweet “tragic car accident involving Dak Prescott” and it’s a video of someone rear-ending a trash can, we have to accept that we’re just being cheeky.

Cowboys fans will, justifiably, jump on a few stats: Carson Wentz’s playoff record is 0-1, whereas Dak is 1-2. Their advanced statistics are virtually identical across the board, but Wentz hasn’t been able to stay on the field. Despite playing 8 fewer games, Wentz has just 20 fewer passing attempts, nullifying the point that he just hasn’t played as much. Dak is a two-time pro bowler, Wentz has only been to Orlando (or Hawaii, who even watches?) once.

Still, Wentz is a no-brainer over Dak for the next three years. Both are entering their primes, but Wentz has achieved those same figures without the supporting cast Prescott has always had at hand. Imagine Wentz with Zeke, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup. He dragged Greg Ward and the Weenie Hut General All-Stars to a division title while missing key parts of his offensive line. Wentz has certainly benefited from having an incredible coaching staff in Reich, Pederson, and DeFilippo (at various points), but he hasn’t handed the ball off to the same RB1 in any two seasons, let alone any two halves of a season.

Dak is a very good quarterback, and if Jerry Jones is reading this, he is a $50 million man. Still, Wentz can elevate a team in ways only a handful of quarterbacks in the league can, and Prescott is not in that tier.

MarQuell Fripp – DISAGREE, I’d rather have Wentz


You can’t discuss Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott without using the term context. I am a firm believer in the quote “numbers never lie”, at the same time numbers may not always tell the entire truth.


For example, Wentz and Prescott were both members of the 2016 NFL Draft class, since entering the league Prescott has produced 15,778 passing yards, 97 touchdowns, 36 interceptions, and a 65.8% completion percentage. Not to mention two division titles (one of which as a rookie) and a playoff win under his belt. Compared to Wentz who has 14,191 passing yards, 97 touchdowns,  35 interceptions, and a 63.8 % completion percentage. However during this time the Eagles have two divisional titles to claim themselves, have won a Super Bowl, and played in multiple playoff games during this span, though Wentz hasn’t been around to see this success due to injuries.

Which brings me to the fact that Prescott and Wentz have produced similar statistics since entering the league with Prescott holding the edge in multiple categories. However, when you take into account the fact that Prescott has started 64 out of a possible 64 games, while Wentz has only started 56 after missing eight games due to injury, it makes you wonder just how accurate a representation these numbers are of the entire story. Just think about 2017; Carson Wentz went down against the Rams with a torn ACL there was 2:21 left in the third quarter.

At this point, Wentz has just thrown his fourth touchdown of the game bringing his total on the season to 33, a number that would stand atop the league until week 17 when Russell Wilson tosses two touchdowns in a loss to the Cardinals. So not only would Wentz had likely finished the season as the MVP but he easily would have added onto his touchdown total on the season breaking the tie between he and Prescott long before now had he not went down.

Then there’s the eye test. There is no denying the difference in offensive talent Prescott has played aside since entering the league compared to Wentz. Yet with arguably the best running back in the league, two 1,000 yard receivers; one of which is a top ten receiver, and a top-five offensive line for multiple seasons, Prescott has only been able to tie Wentz in touchdowns and has only 1,587 more yards despite playing in eight more games. Former Eagle and ESPN’s Emmanuel Acho said it best when comparing Wentz and Prescott

Brian P. Boyle – DISAGREE, I’d rather have Wentz

While it is not substantial, a skill gap between Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott is certainly there.

Carson Wentz has proven that he possesses the ability to revive and carry an offense despite being gifted a roster of practice squad wide receivers and injured all-pro offensive linemen; It has yet to be seen from Prescott. Very few quarterbacks in the NFL today are able to come out victorious when, on paper, they very-clearly should not be. Carson Wentz is one of those quarterbacks.

On the flip side, Dak Prescott, as stated before, is not far off. He is a talented passer who can examine the field well and make accurate deliveries. When given the proper conditions and surrounding players, Dak Prescott can win big games for an NFL franchise.

This isn’t a bad thing! Mostly all starting quarterbacks need some help (even while being one of the 32-best at their profession). Matt Stafford has won about 46% of his games while “Mr. Butt Fumble” himself, Mark Sanchez, has won close to 50%. No matter how great of a quarterback a player is, they’re going to need help. Help matters.

If I were given a scenario in which both quarterbacks had similar supporting casts and contract numbers for the next three seasons, Carson Wentz is my no-brainer selection.

FINAL VERDICT: “I would select Dak Prescott over Carson Wentz”:

  • Connell – Disagree
  • Fripp – Disagree
  • Boyle – Disagree

2) – AGREE or DISAGREE:

I would rather have Drew Brees as my starting quarterback over Carson Wentz.”

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Will Connell – DISAGREE, I’d rather have Wentz

This is a true coin flip depending on what you value. Wentz has a better touchdown to interception ratio, and while Brees is a perennial 5k yardage guy with his three best completion percentage seasons at age 38, 39, and 40, father time is no joke. There is speculation Brees won’t even be around in two or three years (not dead, just retired, c’mon guys), so would you prefer three years of Wentz entering his prime, or three years of a 41-year-old already mulling retirement?

Brees, for what it is worth, is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Only six quarterbacks in NFL history have thrown for over 5,000 yards in a season: Matt Stafford, Patrick Mahomes, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, and Drew Brees. One big difference: Brees has done it five times, whereas no one else has done it more than once (and he was 48 yards shy of a sixth time).

His numbers aren’t slowing down, at least not yet, so three years of Brees vs. Wentz comes down to gambling on Brees outlasting his age. I would venture to say that while Brees could continue to put up great numbers, Wentz’ replacement value isn’t too far off from the king of Who Dat Nation. Give me Wentz, if only because I can sleep at night knowing I won’t wake up with two weeks’ notice from my quarterback.

MarQuell Fripp – DISAGREE, I’d rather have Wentz

Drew Brees is a top ten quarterback in the history of the league and some may even have an argument for him to be in the top five. Brees is currently the record holder for the most career touchdowns passes in league history (547) and most career passing yards in league history (77,416), has an illustrious career and has a manger to keep the Saints as a legitimate contender in the NFC. Despite all of these accomplishments, at the age of 41, the sad reality is that Brees’ best football is behind him.


While Brees has decided to return for his 15th season as the Saints starting quarterback, he has acknowledged his understanding of Father Time when speaking with Jane Slater of the NFL Network.

“I’ve never been in a situation where I was mulling over the thought (of returning), to me each one of these contracts, it’s not a matter of it if gets done, it’s when. At this stage in my career, it’s not a given if I come back every year. When that time comes, I’ll always be a Saint.”


Of course, as long as Brees is sporting the number 9 representing the city of New Orleans, the Saints will remain competitive in the NFC. With that being said, if we’re talking about the next three seasons the choice is simple. With the upside Carson Wentz possesses is too good to pass up. The discrepancy in arm talent and mobility is certainly the deciding factor in this case.


While Brees has an overwhelming edge over Wentz when it comes to accuracy, there are just certain passes Wentz can make that Brees just can’t do at this point in his career, like this.


Brian P. Boyle – DISAGREE, I’d rather have Wentz

C’mon, people. You’re asking me if I’d rather have a 27-year-old, gunslinging stud quarterback entering the prime of his career over a 41-year-old for the next three seasons? This isn’t hard.

Let me get this straight, however: Drew Brees is ridiculously underrated in all-time discussions and deserves more praise and respect.


His accomplishments are far too impressive to NOT warrant discussion as a top ten quarterback; he undoubtedly is.

  • Most career regular-season passing touchdowns (547)
  • Most career passing yards (77,416)
  • Highest career completion percentage (67.6%)

He’s a Super Bowl MVP, 13x Pro Bowl selection, 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year, 1x All-Pro selection (4x Second-Team All-Pro), Comeback Player of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year; there is not much that Drew Brees has not accomplished in his time as a pro athlete.

I’m taking Carson Wentz with confidence, but if anyone can exceed expectations of father time, Drew Brees is not someone I’d count-out.

FINAL VERDICT: “I would select Drew Brees over Carson Wentz”:

  • Connell – Disagree
  • Fripp – Disagree
  • Boyle – Disagree

3) – AGREE or DISAGREE:

I would rather have Patrick Mahomes as my starting quarterback over Carson Wentz.”

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Will Connell – AGREE, give me Patrick Mahomes

I will take Patrick Mahomes over Carson Wentz over the next three years, thirty years, or three hundred years. I love Carson, but Patrick Mahomes is god-tier. If you need me to cite my sources, you don’t watch football. His only flaw? That weird Kermit the frog voice. I would take Mahomes over my own mother if this was a parenting debate, and I love my mom.

I would vote for Mahomes as President if he ran against me. Mahomes is THE guy, and if you disagree, that’s OK, except you’re wrong.

MarQuell Fripp – AGREE, give me Patrick Mahomes

There are currently two quarterbacks in the league I would take over Carson Wentz without any type of argument or push back.; one of those is Patrick Mahomes. What can you say? The kid is as close to a real-life superhero as it gets, in his first season as a starter Mahomes destroyed the league for 5,097 passing yards, 50 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a 66% completion percentage en route to league MVP. Even the magical run by Carson Wentz in 2017 that saw him torture defenses in a similar manner to Mahomes and company (Eagles went over 30 points in eight of Wentz’ 13 starts), couldn’t come close to what we saw Mahomes do in 2018.

In fact, the only quarterback we’ve ever seen come close to what we saw from Mahomes at that age was Dan Marino. The former NFL all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, went on a historic run back in 1984 becoming the first quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards (5,084), while also throwing 48 touchdowns (an NFL record for TDs in a season at the time) all of this at the age of 23. Talk about a great company!

So with numbers like that, there’s no way the encore can top the original right? Well statistically Mahomes didn’t come close to replicating the magic of 2018, but what he did was show you that the talent, the leadership, and the consistency you saw the prior season was no fluke. Despite “only” producing 4,031 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, five interceptions, and a 65.9% completion percentage, Mahomes was the engine that ran the Ferrari known as the offense of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Carson Wentz is a great quarterback and a very talented player, anyone who questions this should look no further than his work in 2019 where he became the only quarterback in history to throw for over 4,000 yards without a receiver with 500 yards. At the same time, two years into his career with an MVP and a championship, there is already talk of Mahomes being mentioned alongside the great quarterbacks that have ever played this game. You can argue stats, but you can’t argue results and there’s a reason that  Mahomes is the first player in league history to command $40m+ per year after signing his record-breaking 10 year/$450M extension.

Brian P. Boyle – AGREE, give me Patrick Mahomes

If the NFL were to completely shake things up and initiate a redraft consisting of every current player, Patrick Mahomes is the number one selection in almost all cases.

I’ll keep this short and sweet: Carson Wentz is a very good quarterback and a promising candidate to become a league MVP at some point in his career. The only problem is, the man we are comparing him to has already became an NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP by the age of 24. Mahomes threw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000 passing yards at 23 years of age during his first season as an NFL starter!!!

I mean, c’mon. This guy is not real life. I’m selecting Patrick Mahomes every day of the week.

FINAL VERDICT: “I would select Patrick Mahomes over Carson Wentz”:

  • Connell – Agree
  • Fripp – Agree
  • Boyle – Agree

4) – AGREE or DISAGREE:

I would rather have Aaron Rodgers as my starting quarterback over Carson Wentz.”

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Will Connell – AGREE, give me Aaron Rodgers

Before I say another word, keep in mind that Brees’ three best completion percentages were at 38- to 40-years-old. Aaron Rodgers is 37.

Remember when I said I wouldn’t bring up any Mahomes stats? I lied. Carson Wentz’s touchdown to interception ratio is 2.77, which is among the best in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes is so good at slinging the football, his ratio is 4.22, dominating Wentz’ figure. Yet he still isn’t best in the league. That’d be Aaron Freakin’ Rodgers, at 4.33, and his sample size is 6x bigger than Mahomes. The dude is, to quote my guy Mar’Quell, perhaps the best pass thrower in league history (*though not necessarily the best quarterback*).

Phil Sims, Steve Young, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas, and Joe Namath are a few of the all-time greats who only won a single Super Bowl ring, and I think that’s worth noting. Far too often in the age of Tom Brady, anyone who hasn’t won a million Lombardis is written off from GOAT conversation, but Aaron Rodgers is arguably more elite than Brady, who has a far harder time protecting the ball, statistically speaking.

I take Rodgers here. Wentz gets the nod over the next 5+ years, but there are only 5-10 quarterbacks all-time who I would take over Rodgers through 2023. When playing 15+ games in a season, he’s only failed to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark twice (out of 10 possible years), and in his last two seasons, he threw 51 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions, nearly doubling the efficiency of Pat Mahomes’ MVP season. I love Wentz, but those numbers are eye-popping.

MarQuell Fripp – AGREE, give me Aaron Rodgers

Remember when I said there are two quarterbacks that I would take over Carson Wentz without any questions? Well, there is “a baaaaaaadddddddd mannnnn” wearing number 12 in Green Bay that seriously makes me consider if there should be a third. See Aaron Rodgers is the toughest quarterback in the league to evaluate; he’s still an elite thrower of the football, has thrown for over 4,000 yards in three of the last four seasons, he doesn’t throw interceptions (literally he has a career interception percentage of 1.4% which is the lowest in league history), and his teams are never out of a game.


Yet despite everything that we’ve named this past season was the first time the Packers have made the playoffs since 2016.


Not to mention Rodgers missed nine games in 2017 with a broken collarbone; which technically brings the total games missed over the last four seasons to more than Wentz who has only missed eight (see what I did there?)

While Carson Wentz definitely has a defendable argument such as the two having similar skill sets to an extent (Wentz hasn’t quite reached the level of clutch Rodgers has, one can say with the way he ends last season he’s well on his way), Wentz is younger and less problematic. Despite saying all this, Rodgers already is everything many think Carson Wentz has the potential to become. If you think Eagles are Super Bowl contenders with Wentz at the helm, you could almost guarantee at least one championship with Rodgers for three seasons, right? Well maybe, because as Rodgers knows nothing in this league is a guarantee.

Brian P. Boyle – AGREE, give me Aaron Rodgers

As a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan who wishes for nothing more than to witness Carson Wentz win a Super Bowl in the midnight green, I can’t confidently say that Wentz would give me better odds to win a championship over Aaron Rodgers within the next three seasons; that just wouldn’t be true.

Rodgers, a two-time NFL MVP, and Super Bowl champion took over as the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008. Since then, the Packers have only had a top-10 defense three times.


You wanna talk about carrying a team to the playoffs? In 2016, after losing their fourth game in a row to drop to a 4-6 record, Rodgers claims that the Packers would “run the table” and win out their remaining six games.


Not only did Rodgers and the Packers win out, but they won their first two playoff matchups before losing in the NFC Championship game. Rodgers maybe 36, but he is still, as Steven A. Smith would say: “a baaaaaad man!”

FINAL VERDICT: “I would select Aaron Rodgers over Carson Wentz”:

  • Connell – Agree
  • Fripp – Agree
  • Boyle – Agree

5) – AGREE or DISAGREE:

I would rather have Russell Wilson as my starting quarterback over Carson Wentz.”

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Will Connell – AGREE, give me Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson has never had fewer than 9 wins in a season. Russell Wilson has never missed a game. Russell Wilson has thrown more touchdowns relative to his interception rate than Tom Brady. Russell Wilson is really, really good at football.

I honestly compare Wentz to Wilson a ton: they are both incredibly mobile in the pocket, can make plays with their legs, protect the ball incredibly well, are natural leaders, and have that intangible drive to win. When Wentz’s career is over, I am certain he will have a similar reputation as Wilson: 4,000ish yards per season, 30ish touchdowns every year, and no more than 11 annual interceptions. They both even credit God with everything.

The God part might get old, but winning doesn’t. Wentz’s sample size is smaller, so I’m taking Russell Wilson here. That’s all there is to it. Anything good I can say about Wilson, I would say about Wentz. It’s just that Wilson’s been at it longer. Then we can call ourselves the 12th man, which is pretty dope.

MarQuell Fripp – AGREE, give me Russell Wilson

If this was a wedding, this would be the part where the wedding officiant asks if anyone objects, speak now, or forever hold your peace. Well in this case it would be the latter, as there is no disputing that fact that just about everyone would take Russell Wilson over Carson Wentz now and over the next three seasons. It’s hard to argue against a guy that accounted for an absurd 86% of the Seahawks offensive production in 2017.

Yes, you read the correctly, 86%; out of Seattle’s 5,286 total yards of offense, Wilson produced 4,571 of those alone. In 2019 the story was no different as Wilson continued to work a limited supply of weapons, yet saw him produce 4,110 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and 66.1% completion percentage while leading the Seahawks to an 11-5 record.

Wilson has been a model of consistency since entering the league in 2012 and has tortured the Eagles (fitting after he was literally snatched away from the Eagles grasp during the 2012 NFL Draft) and many other defenses during this time.

A six-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion in his own right, not to mention him being one yard away (in more ways than one) from winning a second championship. Wilson has essentially broken the mold of what a prototypical franchise quarterback is supposed to be. Despite standing at 5’10 Wilson has the elusiveness of a tailback when he’s on the move and the ability to work as a traditional drop-back passer and carve up a defense from the pocket.

This is the one quarterback in the league that consistently keeps his team in games due to his abilities to keep a defense honest; if the game plan is to make Russell Wilson beat you, you might need a new game plan. He’s matchup proof; which again as talent as Wentz is, he certainly isn’t matchup proof.

Brian P. Boyle – AGREE, give me Russell Wilson

How can you not love Russell Wilson? I mean, what does he not do well?

Wilson is the prototypical quarterback you’d want in Madden and real-life; he can throw with precise accuracy in the pocket or on the run, can out-scramble and dodge elite edge-rushers, humbly and confidently leads his football team with his high character, and most importantly, wins football games.

While his best plays on a football field are nothing short of flashy and impressive, by no means is Wilson solely a human highlight reel. He is a trained, well-seasoned, polished NFL quarterback.


Per NFL.com, Russell Wilson…

  • has the most wins by a quarterback in his first seven seasons in NFL history.
    • Wilson is one of five quarterbacks to win 75 games in a seven-season span in NFL history; Tom Brady being the only one to do it twice.
  • has the second-highest passing touchdown percentage in the Super Bowl era
    • In 2018, his most productive season, his touchdown percentage was a whopping 8.2%
  •  has the second-highest passer rating in NFL history (behind only Aaron Rodgers).
  • is tied for the most 4th-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives since entering the league in 2012.

Russell Wilson is my choice for this one. No slight on Wentz’s talent, because I truly do feel as if his ceiling is just as high, but Wilson has proven that he is that guy already.

FINAL VERDICT: “I would select Russell Wilson over Carson Wentz”:

  • Connell – Agree
  • Fripp – Agree
  • Boyle – Agree

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All statistics via ProFootballReference.com, unless stated otherwise

 

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