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Here's the biggest thing the Broncos can learn from the Super-Bowl-champion Eagles

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February 6, 2018

Seven hundred and forty nine days before the Philadelphia Eagles became Super Bowl champions, the organization desperate for a world championship hired Doug Pederson to lead their organization as head coach.

Forty four days later, Pederson and the Eagles signed quarterback Sam Bradford to a two-year, $36 million extension.

A mere eight days later, the Eagles signed free agent quarterback Chase Daniel to a whopping three-year, $21 million contract to be their backup quarterback.

It didn’t stop there. No, not even close.

Fifty one days after paying a second large contract to a quarterback, Philadelphia drafted Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

A year later—or precisely 320 days after drafting their franchise quarterback—the Eagles signed Nick Foles to another massive contract for a backup—essentially a two-year deal worth $11 million.

Finally, 329 days after another significant move at the quarterback position, on Feb. 4, 2018, the Eagles became world champions, winning the organizations first Super Bowl behind a Wentz-and-Foles-led team that ultimately saw the backup in Foles win the big game.

The common theme within the organization over the past two season was simple: The Eagles couldn’t have valued the quarterback position enough.

While Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles is an incredible and unforgettable story, the emphasis the Eagles put on the most important position in all of sports goes much deeper than their backup signal caller.

On Jan. 18, 2016, the organization didn’t just hire an offensive mind, they hired a quarterback mind to be their head coach.

Before becoming one of the best offensive coaching minds in the game, Pederson was an NFL quarterback for 14 seasons. After making the transition to coaching, he stuck in the QB room as the Eagles’ quarterback coach in 2011 and 2012 before becoming the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator the next three season until being swooped up again by the Eagles.

When the team signed Daniel to be their backup quarterback, they weren’t just paying him a lot, they were paying him more than eight other teams starting quarterbacks at the time.

The Eagles didn’t just draft Wentz No. 2 overall a month later, they traded two first-round picks, a second-round pick, a third-round pick, a fourth-round pick, a starting linebacker and a starting cornerback in order to go from the No. 13 overall pick in the draft to the No. 8 pick and eventually to No. 2 to select their franchise man.

Then, even with having a backup QB who was getting paid starter money, and their franchise quarterback of the future, they gave Foles $5.5 million per year. The Eagles were ready to devote over $12 million to their backup quarterback position with the combination of Foles and Daniel. After the team signed Foles, Daniel would go on to ask to be released, which the team granted, costing them $4.1 million last season.

While the league laughed, scoffed and mocked the Eagles over the past two seasons for the incredible emphasis and resources they pumped into the most important position in all of sports, they got the last laugh on Sunday night after beating Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the dynastic-New England Patriots with a backup quarterback.

What Denver, and the rest of the league, can learn from the City of Brotherly Love is there can never be enough resources devoted to the quarterback position whether that be this offseason, next offseason, or heck, even both.

Getting one quarterback is great. Getting two may be necessary. But even then, why stop there? There’s an old football adage that states if a team has two quarterbacks then they don’t even have one. The keyword to the dialogue around that adage very well may be “old.”

In today’s NFL, there may not be such a thing as devoting too much to that position.

This doesn’t mean the Broncos need to fire head coach Vance Joseph immediately and hire a quarterback guru to be their head coach. It also doesn’t mean the team needs to open up their wallet and devote a whopping amount of money to a free agent quarterback or even use the No. 5 overall pick to find their franchise man.

But what it does mean is there may be no such thing as putting too much value and resources on the most important position in all of sports.

In incredible fashion, the Eagles took the rest of the league to school and taught them a lesson: You can’t overvalue the quarterback position.


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