Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has all but had a tattoo put on his neck that says Sam Bradford is the team’s starting quarterback, but the team’s defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz doesn’t sound 100 percent onboard with this approach.
According to Schwartz, who is the Eagles defensive coordinator but drafted Matthew Stafford while the head coach of the Lions, the team would do well not to declare a starter until further along in the quarterback competition.
“Don't judge him on something else,” Schwartz said of rookie Carson Wentz, per NJ.com. "And also don't pre-determine the result of the race. Let him go play. Don't put extra pressure on him.
"I can't speak for Carson. We have enough worries on defense right now. I think when we drafted Stafford, we just let him play. Was he our best quarterback? Was he ready? Unfortunately, he got hurt both his first and second year by holding the ball too long. I think he had the command and he would have been ready to play had it not been for those injuries."
The Eagles traded up from No. 13 to No. 8 to No. 2 in the 2016 NFL Draft to select Wentz.