When the Eagles shipped Sam Bradford to the Vikings a week before the season started and announced Carson Wentz (above) would be their starter, I supported the move. I’ve felt for some time that in the impatient world of the modern NFL, when you draft a quarterback near the top of the first round, you must start him at some point in his rookie season, to begin his development and to find out what you’re working with.
But Wentz was a guy who had appeared in part of just one preseason game and was coming off a rib injury that probably hadn’t fully healed. Well, five touchdowns, zero turnovers and three wins later, Wentz has first-year head coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman looking nothing short of brilliant. Wentz has looked poised under pressure, throws the ball with both touch and zip, and controls an offense like a multi-year vet: