By Mary Cunningham
Maybe Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich didn’t get the memo about quarterback Sam Bradford.
Before the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz (above), they talked about Bradford being their No. 1 quarterback for the 2016 season and they didn’t change their tune after picking Wentz with the second overall pick or when Bradford was away from the team after asking for a trade earlier this month.
Head coach Doug Pederson went as far as saying that he doesn’t want Bradford looking over his shoulder at Wentz or Chase Danielbecause Bradford is “my guy.” Pederson’s assistants don’t seem to have the same view of things.
Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said yesterday that the Eagles shouldn’t pre-determine how the depth chart at quarterback will shake out and offensive coordinator Frank Reich shared similar thoughts during an appearance today on WIP.
“No, [calling Bradford the clear No. 1 is] probably not the right impression,” Reich said. “I’ve been around this business a long time as a player and as a coach, and one of the things I’ve really come to appreciate is it’s not a contradiction to say you’ve got to have order. Because if you don’t [have] order it’s chaos. So, if you’re the head coach you gotta come in and you’ve gotta establish order. There has to be organization, there has to be order, but the other thing that — as coaches — that you’ve got to establish is a culture of competition. This is one of the most competitive industries in the world and so, to say that there’s not competition, that’s just the furthest thing from the truth.”