They go back a long way. That in itself is no reason to neglect the value of other candidates and move his chum to the front of the line. Yeah! Yeah! So they won together in 2017. Or better said Nick Foles had a career moment playing well over his head besting Brady and the Pats. Overall I'm not impressed with Pederson on the sideline. Conversely his body language and mannerisms are somewhat reminiscent of the aloof jerk we just rid ourselves of.
If the regression of Carson Wentz is any model,his history doesn't read well with the development of young QB's. This is not the time for Joe Douglas to feel personally comfortable with his choice. There are a plethora of young hopefuls out there that require intensive investigation independent of 'personal' influence. I'd rather see what develops after interviews with Brandon Staley,Arthur Smith,Eric Bienemy,Brian Daboll,and even 31 year old Joe Brady from the Pro side,with the likes of Iowa State's Matt Campbell on the College side. Unfortunately Campbell is reportedly not inclined to leave the College scene any time soon.
Get it right Joe,and take a good look at Justin Fields' performance tonight before committing to Sam. If Fields fails to lead and excel while poor decision making is on display then move on. I'm down on Darnold but drafting a generational OT in potential bookend Sewell is quite tempting and may finally make a difference in the growth our current young QB.
Fields can't be blamed for his lack of impactful production tonight. That said he did display accuracy flaws in a game that offered little margin for error. Unless Zach Wilson has blown Douglas away,stick with Sam and draft either OT Sewell or all world DeVonta Smith.
Pleased to see Joe Douglas isn't an advocate of 'the buddy system.' Robert Saleh is reportedly a serious intellect who doesn't hold back emotions on the sideline,but does so productively. Unlike the aloof Gase he energizes his players with his manner. Players around the League express their love for the guy, praising his knowledge and ability to resonate.
It remains to be seen but I have a hunch Douglas got it right!
I hear ya Supe. I'm also at the age where projecting the reasonable years remaining has come into view. Hopefully we'll both retain enough health to keep us goi'n long enough to enjoy our teams success.
With 5 picks in the 1st 3 rounds(including #2 and 23 in round one)its reasonable to expect 5 young talented new starters. One of them might be a generational OT in behemoth Outland Trophy winner Penei Sewell which would make sense should they decide to stay with Darnold. The big guy would look mighty nice bookending 6'8" 360 lb Mekhi Becton. Over in SF they ran a run/roll out offense which would play to Sam's strength. Most of the flashes of brilliance(which admittedly were far and few between) he displayed were pinpoint passes out of the pocket while in motion. Whether those passes are thrown east or west he should have plenty of space care of the powerful left and right tackles.
I'm not sold on Justin Fields though BYU's Zach Wilson is impressive. Nevertheless so was Sam Darnold when at USC. If Ryan Tannyhill can turn around his pro career so can Sam under the right circumstances. In addition to the rebuilt OL adding legitimate weapons in the skill positions will be the true test of Darnold's future. We still haven't seen him surrounded with personnel that would give him the best chance to succeed.