People don’t like Chris Chase. The Fox Sports writer (formerly of USA Today and Yahoo) had a tumblr page dedicated to how terrible he is. Columbia Journalism Review called him the “most hated blogger in America,” and now you can feel that way too after reading what he had to say about the Eagles’ QB situation.
In ranking the QB situations in the NFL from worst to best, he has the Eagles firmly in last place, and he goes in:
Congratulations, Warner Bros.; Batman vs. Superman won’t be the only high-priced disaster of 2016. The Eagles quarterbacking situation is the worst thing to happen to Philadelphia since, well, the previous half-century of professional football. This offseason, the Eagles gave $18 million to a guy who finished 25th in QB rating last year and has a 25-37-1 lifetime record with exactly zero seasons above .500, only to have Sam Bradford whine about his role in the offense because the team had the audacity to draft a quarterback. Behind Bradford is a backup who’s thrown 77 passes in six NFL seasons yet was signed to a deal worth up to $36 million. More than likely though, Chase Daniel will get around $21 million, a total that itself is $11.5 million more than any other backup quarterback in the NFL. (The backups of the NFC are making a combined $13.2 million in guaranteed money. Daniel is getting $12 million. And assuming Mark Sanchez starts in Denver, Daniel would account for 57% of backup money in the NFL.) Then there’s the decent quarterback prospect the Eagles traded away two drafts for waiting in the wings. Total cost for 2016? About $30 million, the most any franchise in the NFL is paying their QBs.
Yeah, I don’t think he’s on board. I don’t agree with Chase, but on paper you can see his argument. Looking at salaries and number of wins produced by the QB staff, and it doesn’t look great. But they still have a rookie they hope will be the franchise QB of the future, and that’s more than you can say for Cleveland, Houston, and San Francisco (ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th worst). But putting the Eagles in 4th-to-last place and being relatively level-headed about them doesn’t get blog posts written and … ah shit I fell for it.