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We got two NFL quarterbacks. Veteran starters. Taken in the same draft.
Still young, but the narratives to their careers seemingly written in stone already.
One considered a superstar, the type of once-in-a-lifetime franchise quarterback who would lift the spirits of any fan base, no matter how emotionally torn and tattered it may be.
The other considered, well, almost an afterthought. OK mostly, and, perhaps, even good at times, but, really, not the kind of QB who has anyone thinking, “yeah, he is THE guy.”
Funny thing is, when you cut through the hype, skip the BS and just get down to facts, it’s pretty hard to differentiate between the two, say, during the past three seasons.
Or, more to the point, which is which.
- Quarterback A has a 57.5 winning percentage as a starter in that time.
- Quarterback B 66.7.
- QB-A completes 63.7 percent of his passes throughout his career, averaging 7.0 yards per attempt and has a passer rating of 92.5.
- QB-B 66.1, 7.4 and 96.0.
- QB-A has been named to one Pro Bowl.
- QB-B two.
- QB-A has never taken a snap in a playoff game.
- QB-B has started in three playoff games, posting a 95.7 passer rating and accounting for seven touchdowns.
- QB-A has directed four comebacks and four game-winning drives.
- QB-B has eight and 14.
- QB-A has run for two touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards per carry rushing.
- QB-B 18, 5.0.
- QB-A is considered the superstar.
- QB-B is considered … OK.
- QB-A is Carson Wentz.
- QB-B is Dak Prescott.
Welcome to reality, Philly fans, media and the national talking heads far too influenced by their man-crushing comrades who cover the Eagles masking themselves as professionals with unbiased insight.
Look, you wanna argue that Wentz is better, or will be? OK, fine. Not even gonna debate that, even though the above evidence pretty much destroys any case you could make right now – and, sorry, being injury-prone such as Wentz happens to be is not a “chalk one up” for you.
Thing is, it’s never about who is better. It’s about the absolutely absurd levels to which some fans – and, yeah, hell, yeah, that includes a lot of media members anymore – push their favorites as the ultimate, alternating hyperbole with almost hallucinogenic rationale to make their, uh, point.
The Wentz craze is unlike any in my lifetime as far as Eagles players go. So much so that it has no barriers.
Nope. No sticking within city limits, or just within the region. It’s gone national. Hell, it’s gone international.
To where any amount of money paid to him is considered a bargain … and any Prescott may want from Jerry Jones in Dallas even remotely in the same ballpark is labeled an outrage.
It’s beyond laughable. Just a complete disconnect with what is and has been. All that discarded for what the hope is for the future.
You know, where Wentz is the ultimate superstar and Prescott is, grudgingly at best, OK.
Here’s the deal at this point: No matter how you slice it, or how much you really want it to be otherwise, neither of these guys has proven to be elite or awful for any extended period. They’re both flawed and they’re both talented.
Their legacies are far from the foregone conclusions being put out there en masse.
Besides, all that matters is that they’re both better than Jared Goff. Way better.
Cue the comedy laugh track.