As the 2020 season comes to a pitiful end for the Philadelphia Eagles, the questions about this team’s direction for the future are endless.

By far, the biggest question, however, is about the quarterback conundrum that the Eagles have concocted for themselves; which quarterback will the team select to be apart of their future? The answer to that is not the slightest bit clear with all of the complications that follow each choice.

Should the Eagles decide to change the guard to Jalen Hurts, they’re left with a large amount of dead money from moving away from Carson Wentz. On the flip side, if the Eagles are willing to stick with Wentz, there is quite a bit of damage control required to salvage the relationship between him and the team.


If, in fact, the Eagles choose the prior option, Wentz will have a very similar career path as one future hall of fame quarterback: Drew Brees.


Before his career took off with the New Orleans Saints, Brees was once a mid-tier level quarterback with the then-San Diego Chargers. He spent his rookie year backing up Doug Flutie before taking over as the starting quarterback for the next four years. Brees had a tough two years between 2002-2003, posting records of 8-8 and 2-9 respectively before finally breaking out in 2004. He’d lead the Chargers to an 11-4 record and a division title as a starter, post 27 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions, and throw for 3,159 yards.

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Months before Brees’ pro bowl season, though, the Chargers traded for Phillip Rivers in the 2004 NFL draft due to the Eli Manning debacle. Brees spent one more year in San Diego before being replaced by Rivers, only to have a major drop off from his big season. He’d go 9-7 as the starter, throw 24 touchdowns to a steep, 15 interceptions, and air out the ball for 3,576 yards.

Unfortunately, Brees suffered a major injury in the final game of 2005, tearing his labrum, which would require surgery. As injury concerns rose for the Chargers, they chose to let Brees walk in free agency, and the rest is history. In New Orleans, he’s surpassed NFL records for completions, passing yards, and touchdowns, all while winning a Super Bowl and seven division titles.

Sound familiar? Carson Wentz has had an eerily similar career thus far.

His breakout 2017 season reflects Brees’ 2004 season, and his shockingly poor 2020 season reflects Brees’ decline in 2005. While Wentz might not have gone through as catastrophic of an injury as Brees’, he’s still faced multiple season-ending blows. Or how about how the Chargers elected to choose Philip Rivers as the Eagles made the selection of Jalen Hurts. The Chargers didn’t trust Brees to fully recover from his injury, while the Eagles may not trust Wentz to return to his 2017 self, and thus, move on from him.


Oftentimes, a simple change of scenery can work its magic for a player. As a matter of fact, it’s happened plentiful times with former Eagles players in the past.

Just look at Nelson Agholor, who was chastised his way out of Philadelphia before having a career year in Oakland this season.


This could be the case for Carson Wentz as it once was for Drew Brees.

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