Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid believes that this year’s crop of rookie quarterbacks could be the best the NFL has ever seen.
Washington’s Robert Griffin III, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Seattle’s Russell Wilson have led dramatic turnarounds for their teams. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden and Philadelphia’s Nick Foles are working to establish themselves. Kirk Cousins has done well for himself as well in limited opportunities.
Reid originally started Foles in Week 10 because of Michael Vick’s concussion. But even after Vick received clearance to play, the coach elected to stick with Foles, who has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions.
The class’s talent, and how it compares with quarterback classes from earlier years, has been debated. The 1983 draft class, which produced Dan Marino, John Elway and Jim Kelly, is widely considered the best. The 2004 quarterback class, which featured Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Matt Schaub and Philip Rivers, is highly regarded as well.
After seeing this year’s rookies’ production and knowledge, Reid believes they ultimately could rival both the 1983 and 2004 quarterback groups, if not surpass them.
“Listen, when it’s all said and done, I think this will be if not the best, one of the best,” Reid said in a conference call with Redskins beat writers. “I would tell you that because colleges are throwing the football more is why you’re seeing it. These guys are good players, don’t get me wrong there. They’re coming in more experienced than what you’ve seen in the past. They’re throwing the ball all over the place. These kids understand how to read the field and coverages and have a good feel for it.”