There's no question that the Eagles' quarterback situation is at least a little awkward. Sam Bradford knows he isn't the long-term starter and tried to force his way out of Philadelphia. Carson Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, knows he has big expectations to fill but must be patient as a rookie. And then there's Chase Daniel, who is kind of the forgotten man despite having the most experience in Doug Pederson's system.
Despite this unconventional setup, there appears to be no friction among the players. In fact, it's just the opposite. Take a look at all these quotes about how the quarterbacks are getting along just fine.
Q: What’s it like working with Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz?
Bradford: "They’re great dudes. We actually have a really good [quarterback] room. Having Chase in the room, for me and Carson both, has been great just because he’s been in this system for three — this is his fourth year in the system. So he understands some of the smaller details like I was talking about. Like when we watch tape, he’s able to point out things: ‘Hey, in the past, these plays look like this versus this coverage,’ or ‘you can shortcut this read and get back here a little quicker versus this coverage.’ So I think having him in the room for me and Carson has been really good. And with Carson, he’s been great. He’s a great kid. He’s really talented. It’s been fun working with him, trying to help him. Just trying to share bits of information I’ve picked up along the way."
Q: You’ve had a chance to get to know Sam and Chase, what can you tell us about what it’s been like?
Wentz: "So far, it’s been great. I’m working with Sam, I’m working with Chase … we’ve got an awesome quarterback room. A lot of really good discussions about the playbook, about life. It’s been great. On the practice field, they’ve been great for me. We’ve had a really good relationship. Nothing but great things to say about both of those guys."
Q: How important is it to have good relationships with the other quarterbacks?
Wentz: "The relationship we have with us three is huge. We’re not out there to get each other. We’re out there to make the team better and that only uplifts the team. It makes us individually better. Being able to work together and not have to worry and stress out about that other stuff. At the end of the day, it makes the team better."
Q: Biggest surprise so far?
Wentz: "Honestly, nothing has really come as a big surprise. Honestly, I love that this locker room — you hear as a rookie coming in, [the NFL] is this business, it’s all this kind of stuff — and this locker room is full of a bunch of great dudes. It’s really a team atmosphere, a family atmosphere. I guess that’s been a real positive surprise for me. I’ve enjoyed my time so far."
Q: Is there anything Sam has helped you with?
Wentz: With Chase and with Sam, they’ve both given me some help with some nuances to the system. Some little things as far as some timing aspects. Both have been great with helping me further understand it and take it to the next level right away."
The Eagles invested a lot of resources into the quarterback position this offseason to create competition and make sure they get the position right. So far, aside from Bradford's brief holdout, the players are falling in line with the plan. No friction to be found here. Just three "great dudes" sitting in a semicircle in the quarterback room while singing "Kumbaya." Maybe I'm exaggerating, but we can't know for sure.