PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Doug Pederson clearly laid out the quarterback depth chart of the Philadelphia Eagles last week: “Sam, Chase, Carson.”
New Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz believes the situation is more grey than black and white.
“Don’t judge [Carson Wentz] on somebody else and then also, don’t predetermine the results of the race,” Schwartz said on Tuesday. “Just let him go play.”
Frank Reich, the Eagles’ first-year offensive coordinator, joined the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday and was asked if Sam Bradford is the clear No. 1 QB.
“No, that’s 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 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.
Listen: Frank Reich on the 94WIP Morning Show
“So, I don’t see the problem with creating order and competition at the same time, personally,” Reich continued. “Every one of us as a coach and a player, you’re working harder to get better, but in that process you have to establish order and things have a way of working themselves out.”
As for Wentz, Reich raved about his intelligence.
“He’s got a contagious personality, he’s a winner, incredibly smart,” Reich said of Wentz. “For a young guy, about as smart as you could be. Showed all the right signs in every way.”