Breaking: Eagles Are In Browns Territory With Seven Starting QBs Since 2009
Rejoice in the age of Mark Sanchez. Drop the "Sanchize" banners. It's time for the Eagles to run through another quarterback like toilet paper. After one game with Sanchez as the starter, Nick Foles has been flushed. The Eagles offense looks "better" with Sanchize at the helm, and the preseason hype was warranted, right?
Honestly, who knows. Little can be analyzed in a brutal, blowout like the Eagles' beat down of the Panthers. So while analysts will be feeding you assurances, Sanchez is still the butt fumbler. Look at Sanchez's body of work with the Jets, and you'll see a different quarterback. It's hard to say which version we'll see from here on out. For all we know, Sanchez could be Kirk Cousins 2.0 -- another case of "the grass is alway greener." Then, Foles would get his spot back when healthy.
Still, no one does backup quarterbacks like the Eagles.
They are in Cleveland Browns' territory with the amount of different starting quarterbacks they've run through. Since 2009, the Eagles have started seven quarterbacks. In that same amount of time, the Browns have started nine. And yet, the Eagles are 50-39 during that time. The Browns are 29-60. Each team keeps the aforementioned quarterback toilet paper roll turning. For the Eagles, it works. For the Browns, not so much.
What's the difference?
Well, a lot of things. We're talking about Believeland, a city that should be the setting for every Lemony Snicket book (and I'd read that book). But aside from Cleveland's talent for losing (with grit), the Browns have had four coaches: Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine. The Eagles have had Andy Reid and Chip Kelly. Needless to say, there are two coaches amongst those six that aren't like the rest. And it's Reid and Kelly.
Pettine has the potential to stick, but Kelly has proved he's not a fluke. And if Andy Reid's only job was clock management, then he'd be out of a job. But alas, there's more to NFL coaching than that, and so it turns out he's a pretty damn good coach.
It's an interesting case study that seems to point toward an idea that fans often forget: head coaches are more important than quarterbacks. A good coach with a good system can promote success amongst talented players -- and if you're in the NFL at the quarterback position, you're talented. The Eagles' list of quarterbacks appear, generally, to be more talented than the Browns' list. But of course, it's a chicken or the egg question. Are the quarterbacks bad because they're stuck on the Browns? Or are they really just terrible? Considering all of the former-Browns quarterbacks are either backups or out of the league, it seems its the latter. But in football, where there are endless variables, the answer is never cut and dry.
What the Eagles have done is commendable and improbable. So enjoy these bizarre glimmers of success. It makes for a good story week-in, week-out. Maybe, just maybe, Sanchez can burn his Jets' resume and put the past behind him.
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