Jared Goff or Carson Wentz? Rams, Eagles have both QBs on paths to success
By Ryan Kartje
Their images flashed across the screen at Microsoft Square in depressing succession, like an “In Memoriam” of failed quarterbacks. Jamie Martin. Scott Covington. Chris Chandler. Kyle Boller. Brock Berlin. Austin Davis. It was draft day, Apr. 28, 2016, and minutes later, the Rams would announce their selection of a quarterback at No. 1 overall, a decision that would determine the direction of two franchises.The faces of these anonymous signal callers were a fleeting reminder of the futility the Rams had recently suffered at the position.
So as the pick neared and the draft party in the downtown L.A. square reached a fevered pitch, buried beneath the buzz of a new quarterback’s arrival was an unspoken, undercurrent of dread that one day the name soon to be called would join them.
The stakes were high. Both the Rams and Eagles, who drafted one pick later, had spent a fortune for the right to select either Cal’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Despite being the draft’s consensus top quarterbacks, scouts decried both as precarious, high-risk prospects. Still, the Rams gave up six picks, including two first-rounders, and the Eagles gave up five, with two of their own firsts. They believed. Many didn’t.
“It’s hard to be great, if you don’t take some risks,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said at the time.
The Rams chose Goff. The Eagles took Wentz. In Los Angeles and Philadelphia, two strikingly different cities on opposite sides of America roared, as two new eras, forever intertwined, began.
On their way to Sunday’s crucial clash of NFC contenders, the two young quarterbacks have taken far different paths, one more circuitous than the other. Goff lost every start his rookie season, then fought back from disaster to excel in Year 2. Wentz, anointed right away as the savior of the franchise, […]