This answer by Nick Sirianni shows how messy the Eagles' QB situation is

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Sirianni's answer on Eagles QBs shows situation remains a mess originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

There's an old saying in the NFL: if you have two quarterbacks, you have none.

While the Washington Football Team's plan at the position moving forward remains uncertain, the QB situation of one of their NFC East rivals is arguably a lot worse.

The Philadelphia Eagles have Carson Wentz under contract for four more years and $128 million on the books. Yet, the struggling signal-caller was benched for Jalen Hurts towards the end of the season in 2020, and the then-rookie played significantly better.

During his introductory press conference as Eagles head coach on Friday, the first question Nick Sirianni was asked was, naturally, about the quarterback position, and if he took the job on the basis that Wentz would be the team's starter moving forward.

Sirianni's answer -- or non-answer, rather -- about the team's future plans at the position confirmed that as of now, the quarterback situation in Philadelphia remains an absolute mess.

"We have to go through a lot of things here. What we need to do is evaluate the entire roster. We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top-notch. A lot of teams don't have any. I'm excited to work with both of them," Sirianni said.

By that answer, Sirianni made it seem as if both Wentz and Hurts were above average passers in the NFL. That simply isn't the case. Wentz was one of the league's worst starters a season ago, and while Hurts showed some promise, the former Oklahoma star has plenty of his own flaws, too.

Then, the new Eagles head coach was asked about the reports of Wentz's relationship with the organization being strained. Wentz was a healthy scratch during the Eagles' final game of the 2020 season, and reports surfaced then that he planned to ask for a trade this offseason.

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Sirianni declined to answer whether he thinks Wentz's relationship with the Eagles is reconcilable but did say he felt he had a productive conversation with the quarterback the one time they talked.

"Yeah, I can't speak on that. I've talked to Carson, I've been reaching out to our players. It's been a whirlwind so far, just with the amount of things to do since I took this job," Sirianni said. "I've talked to Carson, we had a good conversation. I know he's talked to our offensive coordinator. Again, just excited to work with him as we move forward."

Very convincing, coach. 

Every chance Sirianni had to commit to Wentz as the team's starter moving forward, he declined. As the Eagles move forward into the offseason, their plan at quarterback for the present, and the future, remains unknown.

Sirianni and the rest of the Eagles brass can answer the question by moving either one of their passers. If they want to trade Wentz, there are enough teams in the NFL that are stuck in quarterback abyss that would take a chance on him. And, if they wanted to stick with Wentz, Hurts could certainly net the Eagles multiple players, draft picks or future assets in return. After all, he's a quarterback on a rookie contract with plenty of upside.

The Eagles have yet to make a decision at the position because, frankly, they know they can't mess it up. 

But, if both Wentz and Hurts enter training camp in a battle for the starting quarterback job, the tension and controversy that would follow would likely lead to a repeat of their disaster 2020 season.