Ranking the 16 first starts for Eagles quarterbacks, from Doug Pederson to Gardner Minshew

It was one start, but Gardner Minshew sure made an impression in his Eagles' starting debut.

Minshew had the highest passer rating for an Eagles quarterback in his first start, at 133.7 after leading the Eagles' 33-18 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Of the 14 quarterbacks who made their first starts as Eagles (Nick Foles and A.J. Feeley are counted twice because they went to other teams and then returned), many were injury replacements, getting a start or two before moving on.

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But some, such as Jeff Garcia, Foles twice, Jalen Hurts and now Minshew have sparked debate about ultimately replacing the starter.

Here, then, is a ranking of the best first starts, from worst to best, by an Eagles quarterback from 1999 until the present day:

Mike McMahon tries to elude a Giants tackler after taking over for Donovan McNabb in the 2005 season.

16. Mike McMahon, Nov. 20, 2005

Result: 27-17 loss to Giants

Stats: 18-for-39, 298 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 70.2 rating

Comment: The Eagles were already starting to unravel following their Super Bowl berth the previous season. Wide receiver Terrell Owens was kicked off the team two weeks earlier, and McNabb was lost for the season with a sports hernia. McMahon exposed the Eagles' decision not to pay for a good backup.

15. Nick Foles I, Nov. 18, 2012

Result: 31-6 loss to Washington

Stats: 21-for-46, 204 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 40.5 rating

Comment: Foles, a rookie that year, never had a chance. The Eagles were in the midst of losing eight straight games with Michael Vick out for the rest of the season. But Foles improved over his six starts. The first one, however, was rough.

Kevin Kolb was the Eagles' second-round pick in 2007. He made his first NFL start in 2009.

14. Kevin Kolb, Sept. 20, 2009

Result: 48-22 loss to Saints

Stats: 31-for-51, 391 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs, 73.2 rating

Comment: McNabb was out with bruised ribs, so Kolb, the Eagles' second-round pick in 2007, made his first NFL start. The Eagles fell behind early, so head coach Andy Reid quickly abandoned the running game and had Kolb throwing constantly, but not effectively.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Doug Pederson looks for his receiver downfield in the third quarter of their game against the Dallas Cowboys October 10, 1999 in Philadelphia.

13. Doug Pederson, Sept. 12, 1999

Result: 25-24 loss to Cardinals

Stats: 12-for-26, 91 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 48.7 rating

Comment: It was a valiant effort in Reid's first game as Eagles' coach after taking over a 3-13 team. But there was a reason why Pederson was a career backup.

12. A.J. Feeley I, Dec. 2, 2002

Result: 10-3 win over Rams

Stats: 14-for-30, 181 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, 66.1 rating

Comment: Feeley was the third-string QB that year. But McNabb broke his ankle the week before, and backup Koy Detmer dislocated his elbow. Feeley didn't inspire confidence for a Super Bowl run. But he led four straight wins until McNabb returned for the playoffs.

Jeff Garcia led the Eagles to a 4-1 record while replacing an injured Donovan McNabb in 2006.

11. Jeff Garcia, Nov. 26, 2006

Result: 45-21 loss to Colts

Stats: 19-for-23, 140 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 121.0 rating

Comment: Garcia's stats are deceiving because the Eagles never had a chance against Peyton Manning and the Colts. But Garcia then led five straight wins and a playoff win while replacing McNabb, who tore his ACL.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) passes the ball under pressure from Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman (77) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

10. Sam Bradford, Sept. 14, 2015

Result: 26-24 loss to Falcons

Stats: 36-for-52, 336 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 77.1 rating

Comment: Bradford's stats were impressive, but the result wasn't. The Eagles were coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons while the Falcons were rebuilding with a new coach.

9. Donovan McNabb, Nov. 14, 1999

Result: 35-28 win over Washington

Stats: 8-for-21, 60 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 46.3 rating

Comment: It was hardly the kind of performance that would inspire a career as one of the best players in franchise history. But McNabb led the Eagles to a victory, and he added 49 yards rushing.

Vince Young took over for Michael Vick for three starts in the 2011 season.

8. Vince Young, Nov. 20, 2011

Result: 17-10 win over Giants

Stats: 23-for-36, 258 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs, 69.0 rating

Comment: Young famously made the "Dream Team" comment when asked about the Eagles' free-agent class that summer, of which he was a part of. As we all know, that didn't work out.

Philadelphia quarterback Mark Sanchez breaks away from a sack attempt by Carolina's Charles Johnson in the third quarter of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. on Monday night, November 10, 2014.

7. Mark Sanchez, Nov. 14, 2014

Result: 45-21 win over Panthers

Stats: 25-for-40, 306 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs, 71.5 rating

Comment: Foles broke his collarbone the week before in Houston, and the Eagles, off to a 6-2 start, kept it going despite Sanchez's 3 INTs.

6. Michael Vick, Sept. 12, 2010

Result: 27-20 loss to Green Bay

Stats: 16-for-24, 175 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 101.9 rating

Comment: The Eagles anointed Vick the starter after trading McNabb in the offseason. Vick didn't disappoint, rushing for 103 yards. It didn't take long before he became an MVP candidate.

A.J. Feeley, shown in 2007, was the Eagles' third-string quarterback in 2002, when he replaced Donovan McNabb.

5. A.J. Feeley II, Nov. 25, 2007

Result: 31-28 loss to Patriots

Stats: 27-for-42, 345 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 83.9 rating

Comment: The Patriots finished the regular season undefeated. The Eagles, behind Feeley, were one of a few teams to challenge them.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 17:  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to throw a pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter in the game at MetLife Stadium on December 17, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

4. Nick Foles II, Dec. 17, 2017

Result: 34-29 win over Giants

Stats: 24-for-38, 237 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 115.8 rating

Comment: The Eagles were reeling after Wentz tore his ACL the week before. But Foles kept the Super Bowl hopes going and soon became legendary with his postseason performances.

The Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Hurts carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Philadelphia.

3. Jalen Hurts, Dec. 6, 2020

Result: 24-21 win over Saints

Stats: 17-for-30, 167 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 83.6 rating

Comment: The Saints came into the game having won nine straight. Hurts ran all over them, literally, with 106 yards rushing after replacing Wentz, who was benched for the final 4½ games. It was one of the few bright spots in a deplorable 4-11-1 season.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) throws the ball with pressure from New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) in the first half at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford.

2. Gardner Minshew, Dec. 5, 2021

Result: 33-18 win over Jets

Stats: 20-for-25, 242 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 133.7 rating

Comment: Minshew Mania hit the Eagles. He completed his first 11 passes and had a perfect 158.3 rating through the first half. Sirianni put a quick stop to a quarterback controversy, saying the job is Hurts' once he returns from an ankle injury.

Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) throws downfield Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens 30-28.

1. Carson Wentz, Sept. 11, 2016

Result: 29-10 win over Browns

Stats: 22-for-37, 278 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 101.0 rating

Comment: In eight days, Wentz went from third-string quarterback recovering from a broken rib to a franchise savior after the Eagles traded Bradford. It might have stayed that way for Wentz if not for the torn ACL in 2017, the stress fracture in his back in 2018, and the miserable 2020 season that led to his trade to the Colts.

But for a debut, as a rookie, wow.

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