We fully recognize that debate topics are scarce with almost zero live sports to digest, but my goodness, have ever we grown tired of the daily manufactured back-and-forths that pit certain players against each other as if selected at random.
None of these contrived debates is more stale than the eternal comparison of NFL gunslingers Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz. Care to guess why the debate has never been settled? Because they are nowhere near the same player, and we shouldn't try to make it so.
We get it. They both entered the league in 2016 and were drafted by teams that play in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, that hold a bitter disdain for each other. However, that's precisely where their differences originated. Prescott was an afterthought in the 2016 quarterback class and didn't hear his name called until the fourth round (No. 135 overall). Wentz, on the other hand, was widely regarded as a top pro prospect entering his senior year at North Dakota State. As we know, the Eagles drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick.
In theory, Jared Goff, who was drafted No. 1 by the Los Angeles Rams that year, should be the signal-caller that is most directly compared to Wentz. This isn't a pooh-poohing of Dak, it's just a matter of facts -- even biased Cowboys fans might admit that Wentz is more gifted from a throwing standpoint. Not only is his arm stronger, but he's more accurate. There are only a few surefire QB prototypes out there, and at 6-5, 237 pounds, Wentz is one of them.
However, some would argue that Prescott has more intangibles needed to succeed in the NFL. While he's talented as a signal-caller, his leadership and durability undoubtedly help him overcome his throwing deficiencies, for lack of a better term. You can't say the same about his Eagles counterpart.
Just because they both play quarterback for teams in the NFC East doesn't make them the same player. In theory, that's really all they have in common. Everybody is entitled to their opinion in terms of who they'd prefer under center, but let's not make it more complicated than it needs to be.