Eagles Observations: What everybody’s getting wrong about Jonathan Gannon

A curious trend regarding quarterbacks making their NFL debut, a player who needs to have a bigger role in 2022 and what people keep getting wrong about Jonathan Gannon.

The Eagles’ season may be over, but when it comes to Roob’s 10 Random Eagles Observations, there is no offseason.

1. This isn’t meant to defend Jalen Hurts. He played poorly in Tampa. No excuses. But I do want to put into perspective just how rare it is for young quarterbacks in their postseason debut to perform at a high level. In NFL history, quarterbacks making their playoff debut at 23 or younger are 8-20. But of the eight QBs who won, five had a passer rating of 60 or below and only two were above 80 – Daunte Culpepper vs. the Saints in 2000 (120.6 against) and Pat Mahomes against the Colts in 2019 (85.2). Even of the 20 losing QBs only five had a passer rating of 80 or higher (Neil Lomax, Mark Sanchez, Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Stafford, Dak Prescott). And 80 is barely adequate. So only 28 quarterbacks have ever reached the playoffs before their 24th birthday and of those 28, only seven even played average. And of those seven, only one (Sanchez) was on the road. And none of them were facing the defending Super Bowl champs. The point is playoff football is a different animal and there aren’t a lot of 23-year-olds lighting it up in…

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