More than one way to glory
Carson Wentz and Nick Foles
This is one of those very rare occasions where a franchise loses its starting QB but still goes on to win the Super Bowl. Whilst Nick Foles rightly received a lot of credit for his play on taking over from MVP-bound Carson Wentz, following Wentz’s injury that deprived him of his finest hour as a player that year. It has to be said that a backup QB will need a very good roster around him to win it all.
And the Eagles had that during this season. Salary-wise Wentz and Foles combined cost the Eagles just 7.3% of their overall starter’s salaries.
As has been a theme of all the winning teams for the last five seasons, none of them spent big in this area. The Eagles had the highest percentage expenditure on RBs of the five teams at 8.8% though.
Wentz and Foles were not short of receiving options and this came at a cost of 19.4% of the salaries for starting players on their roster.
The Eagles spent more than half their salaries in the trenches so to speak, the starting five offensive linemen accounting for 22.8% of the total spend.
Defensive front seven
And this was the biggest area of spend for the Eagles, 29.1% was spent here.
Just 11% of the total cost in starting salaries was allocated to the secondary.
Kicker and Punter
A tiny 1.6% was what these two specialists cost the Eagles that term. So yet another Super Bowl winner that was able to evenly spread their salary budget across most areas of the roster and in particular being fundamentally sound upfront.